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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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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Free Reading of Untitled Zombie Musical by Tony Award-Winning Team, June 26

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A new sandwich by Chicken Hutt has hit the market. But there is one small snag. The fast-food restaurant’s customers are turning into zombies.

This is the premise for Tony Award-winning team (2002 Best Original Score and Best Book for a Musical for Urinetown) Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s new project, a subversive zombie musical commissioned by True Love Productions.

Free Reading of Untitled Zombie Musical
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann

June 26, 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.

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.

About Untitled Zombie Musical
In the fall of 2013, Greg Kotis, Mark Hollmann, and director Sean Daniels tapped into the talents of University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Lyn Koenning and Natasha Davison and their students to workshop the musical. The workshop process has been integrated into this semester’s curriculum, allowing a cast of 26 undergraduate students supported by a team of graduate design students the opportunity to partner with these renowned Broadway artists in the development of the musical.

Kotis and Hollmann are returning to further develop the work in residence at UT as part of the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop. The Untitled Zombies Musical cast for the June 26 performance is comprised of industry professionals, University of Texas at Austin alumni and students.

Texas Musical Theatre Workshop is 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.


About the Creative Team
Greg Kotis (Book and Lyrics)
Greg Kotis is the author of many plays and musicals including Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the FloorboardsYeast Nation (Book/Lyrics), The Unhappiness PlaysThe Boring-est Poem in the World, The Truth About Santa, Pig Farm, Eat the Taste, Urinetown (Book/Lyrics, for which he won an Obie Award and two Tony Awards), and Jobey and Katherine. His work has been produced and developed in theaters across the country and around the world, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Theater Company, Henry Miller’s Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Stage and Film, Perseverance Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Soho Rep, South Coast Rep, and The Old Globe, among others. Kotis is a member of the Neo-Futurists, the Cardiff Giant Theater Company, ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and is a 2010-11 Lark Play Development Center Playwrights Workshop Fellow.

Mark Hollmann (Music and Lyrics)
Mark Hollmann received the Tony Award, the National Broadway Theatre Award and the Obie Award for his score to Urinetown, which itself won Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards for best musical. Other shows as composer/lyricist: Yeast Nation (New York International Fringe Festival, Perseverance Theatre, and American Theatre Company), The Man in the White Suit (New York Stage and Film), The Girl, the Grouch, and the Goat (University Theatre, U. of Kansas), Alchemist the Musical (Seattle Fringe Festival), Jack the Chipper (Greenview Arts Center, Chicago), Kabooooom! (University Theater, U. of Chicago), I Think I Can and Deal with It! (Berkshire Theatre Festival), and Fare for All (Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Gardens, NYC). Actor/co-writer for The Rack, Theater of Funny, The Mercy Ripper, LBJFKKK, Love Me, All Eight Die and After Taste (Cardiff Giant Theater, Chicago).


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

Photo: Daniel Cavazos, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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Some photos from the award ceremony for the The University Co-op / George H. Mitchell Undergraduate Student Awards for Academic Excellence on May 8, which honored Theatre and Dance’s Lucy Kerr and her exceptional thesis!

We also included some highlights from Lucy’s groundbreaking dance work The Way You Move Your Body, presented in spring 2013 as part of the Cohen New Works Festival. Congratulations again, Lucy!

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Meet the cast of In the Heights

Remaining performances:
Apr. 18-19 at 8pm
Apr. 19 at 2pm

This four-time Tony Award-winning  musical shows life in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York amongst the tight-knit community of Dominican-American residents.
Get an inside look at the rehearsal process and hear from multiple members of the production team in this exclusive video
Direction by Jerry Ruiz Ÿ- Choreography by Maria Antonieta (Toni) Bravo - Costume Design by Chin-Hua Yeh - Scenic Design by William Anderson - Project Design by Ryan Belock - Technical Direction by W. Scott Bussey - Lighting Design by Rachel Alulis - Stage Management by Victoria Solorio - Dramaturgy by Madilynn Garcia and Joshua Streeter 

Buy your tickets today online or by phone at 512-477-6060.

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UPCOMING EVENTS ACTING DANCE

Texas Theatre and Dance presents
Musical Theatre Performance Ensemble Showcase 2014

May 1, 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Winship Studio 2.180, F. Loren Winship Drama Building
300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, Texas 78712

Tickets: Free Admission
Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today by emailing charlottecampbell@utexas.edu

About Showcase 2014
Directed by Broadway veteran Danny Herman, Showcase 2014 features the talents of Texas Theatre and Dance undergraduate students Mallory Ayliffe, Allie Donnelly, Mandy Foster, J. Quinton Johnson, Devin Medley, Chris Montalvo and Lilly Stafford. The performance includes excerpts of original Broadway hits, and includes a sneak peek of Theatre and Dance’s next season’s musical smash.

Direction and Choreography by Danny Herman
Music Direction by Lyn Koenning
Assistant Direction and Choreography by Natasha Davison

Parking Information
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 “Winship Studio” for venue and then select the performance date. The discounted parking is only available online until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.

Join the conversation on facebook!

For more information, contact Theatre and Dance at 512-471-5793 or theatreanddance@utexas.edu.

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Ears, Eyes + Feet, May 2-3, 2014

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The Department of Theatre and Dance presents Ears, Eyes + Feet, collaborative works by composers, choreographers and video artists from The University of Texas at Austin.

May 2, 3 at 8:00 p.m.

B. Iden Payne Theatre, F. Loren Winship Drama Building
300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, Texas 78712

The performances are free and open to the public.

About Ears, Eyes + Feet
This annual performance of collaborative invention and experimentation showcases the talents of students and faculty from the Butler School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance. Works include new choreography by Amber Wall, Kassie Kelly, Mackenzie Taylor, Morganne Mazeika, Stacy Skolnik, Sunny Shen and Hillary Richerson.

Special Offering for May 2!
Come early and enjoy a double-feature of talent! Patrons are invited to attend the Musical Theatre Performance Ensemble Showcase at 6:30 p.m. on May 2 prior to Ears, Eyes + Feet at 8:00 p.m. Two FREE shows -  One Night Only!

Parking Information
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 reception online at https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. The discounted parking is only available online until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.

Join the conversation on facebook!

For more information about Ears, Eyes + Feet, call 512-471-5793 or email theatreanddance@utexas.edu.

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Latin@ Performance Symposium, April 12-13, 2014

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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.

Ticketing
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:

APRIL 12

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


APRIL 13

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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