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.

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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Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communites Alumna Receives Teaching Award

Michelle Dahlenburg (MFA 2011) has been awarded the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award by the Texas State University College of Fine Arts and Communication. In addition to her work at the university, she is the artistic director for Conspire Theatre. Formed in 2009, Conspire Theatre has led theatre and creative writing workshops for women incarcerated at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle, Texas. Michelle is also a program manager for HATCH: Inspired Social Change, an audio producer for the 4 Plus 4 Equals art + mental health project, and a story producer/performer for Mortified Austin.

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Latin@ Performance Symposium, April 12-13, 2014


April 12 - 13, 2014
F. Loren Winship Drama Building

The Latin@ Performance Symposium engages University of Texas at Austin students and the community in dialogue around issues of Latino/a performance and ethics of identity and representation. Activities include scholarly discussions, panels and workshops with professional performance companies, staged readings, talkbacks, and opportunities to create bonds with UT Austin and greater Austin performance community. A detailed itinerary follows. All events, with the exception of the performance of In the Heights and the April 12 dinner, are free to attendees.

Register today to save your seat! A limited number of rush tickets will be available for each event at the venue. Reserved seats may be released five minutes prior to the event. We encourage you to arrive early.

For more information, please contact email theatreanddance@utexas.edu or call (512) 471-5793.

Schedule of Events:


10:00-10:45 a.m. — Opening Ceremony
Keynote address by Dr. Tiffany Ana López, Professor in the Department of Theatre at University of California Riverside
Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre

11:00-11:45 a.m. — The Peculiar History of Latina/o Casting in U.S. Popular Performance
A talk about the long history of how Latina/o actors and Latina/o characters have been cast in U.S. popular performance led by Dr. Brian Herrera, Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University
Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre

12:00-12:45 p.m. — Lunch and Dialogue
A reflection on the prior talks through facilitated questions. Pizza provided.
Location: Winship Atrium

1:00-2:45 p.m. — AND THE EARTH DID NOT DEVOUR HIM: A New Play Reading
A staged reading of a new play by Dr. Tiffany Ana López, directed and performed by a collaboration of University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas-Pan American students.
Location: Lab Theatre

3:00-3:45 p.m. — Teatro Vivo, ALTA Teatro, Aztlan Dance Company, and Texans United for Families
A panel discussion with local Latin@ theatre, dance, and performance artists. Artists will discuss their organizations’ work, history, experiences, and goals for the future.
Location: Lab Theatre

4:00-4:45 p.m. — Workshops with Local Performance Companies
Participate in a hands-on workshop with an Austin-based performance company. Choose from a workshop by Teatro Vivo, ALTA Teatro, Aztlan Dance Company, or artists from Texans United for Families.
Location: Winship Classrooms. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

5:00-5:45 p.m. — Workshops with Local Performance Companies
Participate in a hands-on workshop with an Austin-based performance company. Choose from a workshop by Teatro Vivo, ALTA Teatro, Aztlan Dance Company, or artists from Texans United for Families.
Location: Winship Classrooms. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

6:00-7:30 p.m. — Dish ‘n Dish
Sign-up with a facilitator to walk to a local eatery and discuss various topics from the day’s discussion with Latin@ theatre and performance over dinner. Attendees will pay for their own meal.

8:00-10:30 p.m. — IN THE HEIGHTS
The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents In the Heights directed by Jerry Ruiz, guest artist from New York City. A short conversation with the production dramaturgs will follow the performance.

Visit Texas Performing Arts for tickets. Attendees will purchase their own tickets.
Location: B. Iden Payne Theatre


10:00-10:45 a.m. — Contemporary Latin@ Theatre in the United States
A panel discussion with US-based Latin@ theatre practitioners, scholars, and educators that focuses on their experiences with contemporary Latin@ performance.
Location: Winship Atrium

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Comida & Dialogue
An open dialogue with guest artists, students, and faculty members about identity, cultural representation, and casting in Latin@ theatre and Latin@s in US theatre as a whole. This includes a discussion around Latin@s in higher education. Breakfast provided.
Location: Winship Atrium

12:15-1:00 p.m. — BETWEEN BROTHER AND SISTER: A New Play Reading
A new play reading of Between Brother and Sister, written by Brian Oglesby, M.F.A. playwriting candidate from the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin.
Location: Lab Theatre

1:15-2:00 p.m. — Remarks, Reflections y Recuerdos
Closing remarks by Dr. Brian Herrera.
Location: Winship Atrium

2:00-3:00 p.m. — Snacks & Dialogue
A dialogue that synthesizes the lessons and experiences from this symposium to create future action. Snacks provided.
Location: Winship Atrium

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Alum Brian Fahey Directs “Elephant’s Graveyard” by Alum George Brant

This Fall, Brian Fahey (MFA 2010) is directing Elephant’s Graveyard by George Brant (MFA 2008) at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Brian is also a lecturer at Northeastern University where he teaches acting and introductory to theatre. Elephant’s Graveyard opens on October 8th. For more information visit: www.northeastern.edu/camd/theatre

T&D’s 2007 Production of Elephant’s Graveyard


Photo by Mark Rutkowski


Featured Faculty: Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Program Area: Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities

Learn more about Professor Roxanne Schroeder-Arce on our website!

Previous ‘Featured Faculty’ include:

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez
Katie Dawson
Kirk Lynn

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Featured Faculty: Katie Dawson


Program Area: Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities

This year-

Read more about Professor Katie Dawson on our website!

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Greg Romero (MFA 06) Published by YouthPLAYS

Romero’s latest work Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings shares the story of Sam, a plastic water bottle who has lost his parents in an ocean landfill. With help from a blue crab with a giant claw, a parrot who thinks she is a seagull, and The Oldest Sea Turtle That Ever Lived, Sam embarks on a family-friendly, music-filled, epic journey to save us all from the lonely, swirling vortex of thrown-away things and lost hope. 

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Over thirty years in the making - Suzan Zeder’s Ware Trilogy captures the pulse of key moments in American History.

Zeder’s first play of the series, Mother Hicks (shown above in the 1995 production), was published in 1986. Set in the 1930s, Mother Hicks introduces us to three outsiders: a Deaf young man, Tuc; a foundling child, known only as Girl, and a mysterious recluse, Mother Hicks, who the townspeople suspect of being a witch.

This month, we get to catch up with Tuc, Girl, Mother Hicks and the community of Ware again in the final installment of the trilogy, The Edge of Peace (shown above in the upcoming 2013 production). Set in the last days of World War II, a young soldier from a small Illinois town is declared missing in action. Buddy, the soldier’s little brother, refuses to believe what seems inevitable. Told through the visual poetry of sign language, Tuc, the town’s Deaf postman, shares the story of one community struggling to make sense of a world at war.

We invite you to meet the townspeople of Ware! The Edge of Peace runs Feb. 1 - 10 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre. Produced by UT Austin in partnership with Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Edge of Peace cast includes award-winning professional actors from Seattle, Chicago and Austin. Buy your tickets today!

Further explore the world of Ware on February 9. Abridged readings of Mother Hicks and The Taste of Sunrise will be featured along with insight from playwright Suzan Zeder. Learn more now.

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