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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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

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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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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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PORTFOLIO 2014: The Future of Performance Design & Technology, April 27-May 3


The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents PORTFOLIO 2014, an exciting exhibition celebrating the work of emerging artists in costume design, lighting design, scenery, media, and technology. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Come see how imagination manifests itself on stage and film!

Opening Reception 
April 27, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Hours
April 28 - May 1, 9:00  a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
May 3, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Reception and Fashion Show
May 3, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, F. Loren Winship Building
300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, Texas 78712

Parking Information for the May 3 Reception and Fashion Show
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 The discounted parking is only available online until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.

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For more information, contact Theatre and Dance at 512-471-5793 or

A sampling of works by our artists:


The Cataract, Scenic Design by William Anderson


The Cataract (2012), B. Iden Payne Theatre
Scene Design by William Anderson


Scene from The Cataract (2012), B. Iden Payne Theatre


PORTFOLIO 2013 Display by Costume Designer Mercedes O’Bannion


Scene from Our Country’s Good (2013), Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
Costume Design by Mercedes O’Bannion

Photography: Lawrence Peart, Sandy Carson, Amanda Miller

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UTNT (UT New Theatre) Presents ‘ratio March 1, 8


Presentation of
Visual Narrative by William Anderson
Text Narrative by David Turkel
Directed by Jess Hutchinson

March 1 at 11:00 a.m.
March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Lab Theatre

The presentation of 'ratio is FREE. Tickets will be distributed beginning one hour prior to curtain at the Lab Theatre Box Office.

About 'ratio
In the weeks following Hamlet’s death, Horatio navigates a harrowing regime change at Elsinore under the rule of bloody-minded prince Fortinbras.

A collaboration by playwright David Turkel and designer William Anderson, ‘ratio is an art-script that intertwines visual and textual narratives. Equal ‘authors’ to the work, Anderson and Turkel have developed the work over the course of a year, workshopping ‘ratio with Dan Rothenberg, Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) and now with UTNT director Jess Hutchinson.

Visual by William Anderson; Text by David Turkel

UTNT patrons will experience a first draft of the physical and media texts of 'ratio. In collaboration with media designer Daniel Berkowitz, the creative team and cast explore a variety of possible shapes that a physical embodiment of the art script could take. Rather than a traditional reading or a definitive staging of the piece, the creative team will present snippets of possible performance texts that will cover the entirely of the extant art script in order.

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Featured Faculty: William Bloodgood


Program Area: Design and Technology

Learn more about William Bloodgood on our website!


Alumna Kassandra Patterson Begins Work at Walt Disney Imagineering


In June, Kassandra Patterson (BA 2010) graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a MFA in Production Design. Prior to her graduation, Kassandra worked as a scenic artist for the themed entertainment fabrication company Themeworks. While at Themeworks, she worked on projects for Sea World, Disney, Ripley’s, and the Navy Museum in Washington, D.C.

She currently works for the design and development department of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Although a designer now, Kassandra spent most of her time at the UT Department of Theatre and Dance studying dance. She credits Texas Performing Arts Teaching Artist Karen Maness for helping guide her career path.

Photo: Kaiti Patterson Photography

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