Alumna joins touring company of “Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat”

Allison Ebling (BA 2011) has joined the national touring company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the A2 (Assistant Sound). The tour stars Broadway and American Idol stars Ace Young (“Joseph”) and Diana DeGarmo (“Narrator”) as well as a talented ensemble.

The tour is scheduled through April 2015, and includes destinations all over the United States, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, and Washington D.C.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo provided courtesy of Allison Ebling.

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Catherine Ann Jones (BFA 1965), is an award-winning playwright (Calamity Jane, On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek) and screenwriter (The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, Touched by an Angel series). A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism with over thirty years teaching experience, Jones is a writing consultant and author of The Way of Story. Her latest book, Heal Your Self with Writing, has been recognized with the Nautilus Book Award for 2014. Established in 1998, the award celebrates books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Past winners include The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and Desmund Tutu.

Catherine Ann Jones (BFA 1965), is an award-winning playwright (Calamity Jane, On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek) and screenwriter (The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, Touched by an Angel series). A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism with over thirty years teaching experience, Jones is a writing consultant and author of The Way of Story. Her latest book, Heal Your Self with Writing, has been recognized with the Nautilus Book Award for 2014. Established in 1998, the award celebrates books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Past winners include The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and Desmund Tutu.

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Alumna to train at prestigious talent agency

Colleen Washington (BA, BS 2013) has been accepted into the Agent Training Program at Agency for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. Agency for the Performing Arts (also known as APA) is considered an industry leader in the field of talent and literary representation for nearly fifty years. They represent artists and performers across all media platforms, including feature film, television, music, theatre, publishing and digital.

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Celebrating the Life of Eli Wallach

Best known for his role as “Tuco Ramirez” (shown above) in Sergio Leone’s classic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, University of Texas at Austin alumnus Eli Wallach passed away June 24, 2014 at the age of 98.

A history major at UT (BA ‘36), Wallach was a member of the university’s Curtain Club. Formed in 1908 by English Professor Stark Young, the Curtain Club was created for “some form of dramatic expression at The University of Texas.” The all-university, extra-curricular club grew in popularity and three decades later helped launch the Department of Drama (now Department of Theatre and Dance) in 1938.

Wallach’s six decade career included roles in The Magnificent SevenHow the West Was WonThe Misfits, and The Godfather Part III. In 2010, he received the 2010 Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Join us in reflecting on his prolific career, flipping through the images above from the Curtain Club’s productions of Both Your Houses (1935) and Liliom (1936).

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Alumnus Dink O’Neal Garners Many Roles in 2014

Dink O’Neal (BFA 1984) recently appeared as Jeffrey Dahmer’s father on Killer Kids. He shot two “spec” commercials for Virgin Atlantic Airlines and another for the NY Lotto, the latter of which will be screened in competition for the Young Director’s Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Dink played the title role in The Crying Man, an independent short film which will be available for online viewing beginning June 4th on nobudge.com. He continues writing as a theatre critic for ArtsInLA.com.

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The Theatre and Dance Student Discount Ticket Package is available exclusively to current University of Texas at Austin students. Save up to 25% off student ticket prices on department performances with the Theatre and Dance Student Discount Ticket Package! The fall semester package provides four tickets to Department of Theatre and Dance productions, distributed in any combination the student chooses (i.e. two tickets to one show, one ticket to one show, etc.). Learn more about the season line-up at www.JoinTheDrama.org!

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Alumnus’ Play to Premiere at Finborough Theatre

Kevin Kautzman's (M.F.A. 2013) play, Dream of Perfect Sleep premieres this June at the Finborough Theatre in London, directed by Max Pappenheim. Conceived at The University of Texas at Austin and produced in 2013 UTNT (UT New Theatre), Dream of Perfect Sleep won both the Southwest and Kernodle playwriting competitions, at Stage West and the University of Arkansas. It will be published this summer in the UK by Oberon.

Dream of Perfect Sleep, presented in UTNT (UT New Theatre), 2013. Photo: Josh Rasmussen, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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UT Family Weekend Festivities: An Insider’s View of Theatre & Dance, October 25, 2014

Department of Theatre and Dance families are invited to an insider’s view of theatre and dance during The University of Texas at Austin’s annual Family Weekend.

Join us in the Winship Atrium, the students’ favorite gathering space, and

  • examine how the department creates a performance     
  • catch a sneak peek of upcoming Theatre & Dance productions
  • tour our facilities
  • attend a luncheon for students, their family members and our faculty

WHEN:   Saturday, October 25 at 11:00AM
WHERE:  F. Loren Winship Drama Building Atrium, 300 East 23rd St., Austin, Texas 78712
Reservations are required. Details on how to R.S.V.P. will be listed here at the beginning of September.
 
See a Department of Theatre and Dance studio acting project - THE TROJAN WOMEN - during Family Weekend. Show dates and times will be available at the beginning of September.

About The Trojan Women
After the fall of Troy, the female prisoners (who include the royal house of Troy) are gathered together to await their fate as slaves of the Greek victors. The herald Talthybius arrives to execute the son of Hector. Menelaus, general of the Greek army, arrives to reclaim his wife, Helen of Troy.

Euripides was called “the poet of the world’s grief.” Edith Hamilton writes, “ In this play about war he sounds the deepest depths of that grief. How not, he would have said, since no other suffering approaches that which war inflicts.”

In the face of this suffering, this play examines, through exploration of character and given circumstances, the inextinguishable ties and radical love of family and community that endure even in the face of inhumanity, powerlessness, violence and death.

Contact
For more information about Family Weekend: An Insider’s View of Theatre & Dance, call 512-471-5793 or email theatreanddance@utexas.edu.

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Some of our West Coast Longhorns reunited in May to catch up and reminisce about their time at Theatre and Dance. Smiles all around - it looks a great time was had by all!

Thanks from T&D to Steve Krauss, Wendell Grayson, Candace Sorensen, John Forster, Margaret Valenta Davis, Pete Puckett, Gretchen German, Jody Wassel, Jim Hensz, Kimberly Aileen Scott and Joseph Catmull for sharing.

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