Program Area: Design and Technology
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
Inspired Teaching: Essays on Theatre Design and Technology Education, edited by alumnus Erik Viker (MFA 2003), was released at the 2013 USITT Conference and Stage Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The collection of insights on best teaching practice is available as either a print-on-demand or e-book from the USITT online bookstore in April.
The book includes essays provided by over 20 members of USITT, including alumni Viker and Cliff Simon (MFA 2002).
Cliff Simon is an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has designed at the Truck and Warehouse Theater, the Lamb’s Club, Playwrights’ Horizons, T. Schreiber Studios in New York, the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, the Cleveland Play House, ZACH Theatre, Tapestry Dance Company, Rude Mechs, Zilker Summer Theatre, and the Riverside Playhouse in Vero Beach.
Erik Viker is an associate professor of theatre and the production manager for Susquehanna University where he teaches courses in stagecraft, production, stage management and dramatic literature.
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Opening Reception: April 28, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
April 28, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
April 29 – May 2, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
About PORTFOLIO 2013
The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents PORTFOLIO 2013, 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!
Parking Information for the April 28 Reception
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 $6 for the reception online at utparking.clickandpark.com/venues. The discounted parking is only available online until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.
For more information, contact Theatre and Dance at 512-471-5793 or email@example.com.
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Since graduating in 2012, Wilberth Gonzalez has costume designed for the theatre, a children’s television pilot for PBS, and a feature film. He is currently working for the La Joya School District as the costume designer for the district’s children’s theatre. He also designed for McAllen Ballet’s production of Alice in Wonderland.
Alumna Robin McGee (MFA 1992) is currently teaching costume design at The University of Florida at Gainesville as a visiting artist. She has designed over 100 productions of all kinds around the country. Her vast experience includes everything from Vegas style showgirls for Comedy Central to singing animals in the opera A Muskrat’s Lullaby to detailed period clothing in The IT Girl and Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels with a couple of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clowns in between.
Learn more about Robin’s work on her website rlmcgeedesign.com