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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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.

We love hearing from our alumni! It’s easy to stay connected - send us your latest news today and let us brag on you.

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ALL THE WAY by Robert Schenkkan

Winner of

  • The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards for Best Play and Best Actor (Bryan Cranston)
  • The Drama League Award for Best Play
  • Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play and Best Actor (Bryan Cranston)
  • New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
  • Theatre World Award for Best Actor (Bryan Cranston)

And the frontrunner for the Tony Award for Best Play! Tune in CBS Sunday, June 8th 8/7 CST for the 68th Annual Tony Awards to find out who takes home the prize.

Can’t wait until Sunday? Check out this interview with Robert Schenkkan, Bryan Cranston and Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

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Counting down for the 2014 Tony Awards as part of today’s “Throwback Thursday!”

Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (pictured above in UT’s The Imaginary Invalid) has received a Tony nomination for Best New Play for his play All the Way, the depiction of President Lyndon Johnson’s struggle to get civil rights legislation passed while facing an election campaign. The play features Bryan Cranston, of Breaking Bad fame, in role of “LBJ” and alumnus Eric Lenox Abrams (pictured above in UT’s Three Sisters) as “Bob Moses.”

Theatre and Dance alumnus Kevin Adams is nominated for his sixth Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Itch. He holds the Tony Awards for his lighting designs of Spring Awakening (2007), The 39 Steps (2008) and American Idiot (2010). Check out his early scenic design work above for UT’s The Guardsman.

Alumnus Charlie Pollock stars in the ensemble of the Tony Award nominee for Best Musical, Violet. Charlie has previously starred in Broadway’s Urinetown and 9 to 5. You can see him above wiith alumni Paul Savas and Janet Haley UT’s production of Yerma.

Join us in cheering on our amazing alumni during the Tony Awards on June 8th!

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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ALUMNI GROUPMIXTAPE THEATRE COMPANY PREMIERESNEW WORK AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FEST 2014“HOME”In a city full of transplants, where do you go to find a heart? You go…Home. Mixtape Theatre Company brings you nine solo plays in one hour on the cozy, the bleak, the beautiful, terrible, hilarious, lonely and heartwarming, all - encompassing,  identity defying and defining, the many, the only: HOME.
“We are so excited about HOME. This is a brand new one-hour piece of theatre with nine solo acts, all written and performed by members of our company, alumni from the University of Texas at Austin. We originally came from different places – we have six Southerners, one Mid-Westerner and one Romanian – but since we all studied acting in Austin, Texas that creates a special bond.”     - Co-Artistic Director Mark Scheibmeir
“This shared foundation for theatre makes it easy to talk together and work off one another. Each solo act draws from a combination of personal experience, spoken word, and movement to enhance the storytelling. We use our shared language to play with humor, drama and all the stuff -in-between on what “home” means to us.”    - Co-Artistic Director Smaranda LunaWHERE:Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 at The Actor’s Company916 North Formosa, Los Angeles, CA 90046PERFORMANCES:June 14th @ 10:00 PM (SAT)June 22nd @ 1:00 PM (SUN)June 27th @ 5:30 PM (FRI)June 28th @ 7:00 PM (SAT)TICKETS: FREECOMPANY BIO:Mixtape Theatre Company is a new L.A theatre company created byUniversity of Texas at Austin alumni and committed to bringinghigh quality theatre productions to the Los Angeles public. This is the company’s second production at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Mixtape Theatre Company’s work will quickly become your favorite playlist. Don’t miss a beat. COMPANY MEMBERS:Mark Scheibmeir* (MFA 2010)Smaranda Luna* (MFA 2010)Marlane Barnes (MFA 2010)Will Brittain (BA Attended)Michelle Flanagan (BA 2010)Andrew Kotrla (BA 2012)Shaun Patrick Tubbs (MFA 2010)Melissa Recalde (MFA 2010)Bianca Wugofski (BBA 2013)*Founders and Co-Artistic DirectorsMORE ON THIS:Learn more by visiting www.mixtapetheatre.com

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MIXTAPE THEATRE COMPANY PREMIERES
NEW WORK AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FEST 2014

“HOME”
In a city full of transplants, where do you go to find a heart? You go…Home.

Mixtape Theatre Company brings you nine solo plays in one hour on the cozy, the bleak, the beautiful, terrible, hilarious, lonely and heartwarming, all - encompassing,  identity defying and defining, the many, the only: HOME.

“We are so excited about HOME. This is a brand new one-hour piece of theatre with nine solo acts, all written and performed by members of our company, alumni from the University of Texas at Austin. We originally came from different places – we have six Southerners, one Mid-Westerner and one Romanian – but since we all studied acting in Austin, Texas that creates a special bond.”
     - Co-Artistic Director Mark Scheibmeir

“This shared foundation for theatre makes it easy to talk together and work off one another. Each solo act draws from a combination of personal experience, spoken word, and movement to enhance the storytelling. We use our shared language to play with humor, drama and all the stuff -in-between on what “home” means to us.”
    - Co-Artistic Director Smaranda Luna

WHERE:
Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 at The Actor’s Company
916 North Formosa, Los Angeles, CA 90046

PERFORMANCES:
June 14th @ 10:00 PM (SAT)
June 22nd @ 1:00 PM (SUN)
June 27th @ 5:30 PM (FRI)
June 28th @ 7:00 PM (SAT)

TICKETS: FREE

COMPANY BIO:
Mixtape Theatre Company is a new L.A theatre company created by
University of Texas at Austin alumni and committed to bringing
high quality theatre productions to the Los Angeles public. This is the company’s second production at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Mixtape Theatre Company’s work will quickly become your favorite playlist. Don’t miss a beat.

COMPANY MEMBERS:
Mark Scheibmeir* (MFA 2010)
Smaranda Luna* (MFA 2010)
Marlane Barnes (MFA 2010)
Will Brittain (BA Attended)
Michelle Flanagan (BA 2010)
Andrew Kotrla (BA 2012)
Shaun Patrick Tubbs (MFA 2010)
Melissa Recalde (MFA 2010)
Bianca Wugofski (BBA 2013)

*Founders and Co-Artistic Directors

MORE ON THIS:
Learn more by visiting www.mixtapetheatre.com

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Free Reading of “Princesses The Musical” on June 21

Written by Tony winner David Zippel (City of Angels, Disney’s Hercules), Oscar and Grammy nominee Matthew Wilder (Disney’s Mulan) and Emmy and Golden Globe winners Cheri & Bill Steinkellner (Cheers, Sister Act – The Musical), Princesses The Musical follows a group of jaded private-school girls forced by their teacher to put on a show. They’d rather die, until one girl’s movie-star dad, the former “Sexiest Man Alive,” shows up to direct the beleaguered production.

Free Reading of Princesses The Musical
June 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

B. Iden Payne Theatre

Tickets: Admission is free. Seating is available first come, first served. It’s recommended that patrons arrive 20 minutes prior to curtain to best ensure seating.

About Princesses The Musical
Recently produced at New York City’s 54 Below, the Princesses creative team is further developing the work in residence at UT as part of the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop. The Princesses cast for the June 21 performance is comprised of industry professionals, University of Texas at Austin alumni and students.

Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, hosted at The University of Texas at Austin, is a pre-collegiate intensive for high school students exploring a potential career in musical theatre. Workshop participants are trained by industry professionals and are exposed to the creative process of new work development by attending the readings of Princesses The Musical and Untitled Zombie Musical.

Directions and Parking
The B. Iden Payne Theatre is located in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building on the UT campus. The physical address is 300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, Texas 78712. View a map online.

The University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees.

Attendees may purchase parking in advance at a discounted rate for $3 for the performance online at https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. Once online, select “B. Iden Payne Theatre” for venue and then select the performance. The discounted parking is only available online until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.


Contact
For more information about Princesses The Musical, call 512-471-5793 or email theatreanddance@utexas.edu.

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