She has worked previously on the artistic staffs of Geva Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Premiere Stages, and as a freelance developmental dramaturg at theatres including Salvage Vanguard, HotCity Theatre, New Century Theatre, and the New Harmony Project.
Dr. Ramón Rivera-Servera’s (PhD 2003) book Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics received the Latin American Studies Association’s award for Best Book in Latino Studies and the Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies.
Based on his doctoral dissertation, Performing Queer Latinidad highlights the critical role that performance played in the development of Latina/o queer public culture in the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s.
Dr. Rivera-Servera is an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Department of Performance Studies.
Program Area: Performance as Public Practice
Read more about Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez on our website!
When was the last time you read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter? High school? College? What do you remember? What questions did/do you have about the novel?
Please join us for a special afternoon salon in anticipation of the UT Department of Theatre and Dance’s world premiere of The Scarlet Letter by Sarah Saltwick.
WHAT: A Conversation Featuring Dr. Martin Kevorkian, Hawthorne Scholar and Associate Professor of English at UT, and the Cast and Crew of Sarah Saltwick’s The Scarlet Letter. Facilitated by production dramaturg Amy Guenther
WHEN: Friday, November 2, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Winship Drama Building, Room 1.134, 300 East 23rd St., Austin, Texas 78712
This event is free and open to the public.
On November 16, 2012, the UT Department of Theatre and Dance presents the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter. Written by M.F.A. playwright candidate Sarah Saltwick and directed by M.F.A. directing candidate Steven Wilson, the production marks the culmination of a year of research, writing, workshops, rehearsals and hundreds of conversations around the question, “Yes, but what did Hawthorne mean? What is the world of this play?”
As Saltwick describes, “This is a new play inspired by an old story. Plots have been changed, characters added, language re-imagined. Where Hawthorne offered the reader ambiguity, I have offer my own dramatic interpretations. But at the heart of the play are the same essential struggles between judgement and freedom, desire and sin, the head and the heart. While the play remains in the time period of the novel, these struggles still speak to a contemporary audience that may also feel lost, lonely and judged.”
The nationally acclaimed, ensemble-based theater collective Rude Mechs has been appointed as the resident theater company of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. The three-year residency provides university students an opportunity to work with members of the Rude Mechs, learning their methodology for devising new plays and managing a professional theater company.
Since its inception in 1995, Rude Mechs has earned more than 180 local and national awards and nominations. Its touring and off-Broadway productions include I’ve Never Been So Happy;Get Your War On; How Late it Was, How Late; Cherrywood; Lipstick Traces; and The Method Gun, which was selected for the 34th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Known for its cutting-edge practice, Rude Mechs’ original works break the traditional structure of theater, setting performance as a center for collaboration and community. Its explosive energy, innovative storytelling and collective spirit have placed the group at the center of the nation’s leading theater companies.
“The Rude Mechs are one of America’s hottest, most creative and most outlandish theater companies,” said department chair Brant Pope. “Celebrated in The New York Times and playing to packed houses across the nation, the Rude Mechs, as UT’s resident theater, are now working alongside our students. ‘What starts here changes the world’ is the motto of the university, and this partnership is one of the best expressions of that pledge.”
Rude Mechs’ work has been presented in top national venues including The Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), The Wexner Center (Columbus, Ohio) and Woolly Mammoth (Washington, D.C.). Connected to an international community of artists, the group has performed in Austria’s SommerSzene, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (winner of the Total Theatre Award for Best New Play by an Ensemble), and the Under the Radar Festival (New York).
Residency activities include student internship opportunities with the Rude Mechs in the areas of development, marketing, arts education, venue management, and production. The company will also serve as a guest responder on Department of Theatre and Dance productions. As a result, students will receive invaluable insight and feedback on their work from company members.
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Families are invited to experience “a day in the life” of their theatre or dance student during The University of Texas at Austin’s annual Family Weekend.
Join us in the Winship Atrium, the students’ favorite gathering space, and
WHEN: Saturday, October 27 at 10:00AM
WHERE: Winship Drama Building Atrium, 300 East 23rd St., Austin, Texas 78712
R.S.V.P.: Please email your acceptance to email@example.com, and include the number of family members attending
Parking is available at the San Jacinto Garage, located at the corner of San Jacinto Boulevard and 24th Street.
See a Department of Theatre and Dance Performance following the reception!
THE CATARACT, by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright and alumna Lisa D’Amour, takes the B. Iden Payne stage at 2:00 p.m. Set in Minneapolis in 1883, this poetic drama explores one week in the lives of Cyrus and Lottie Finch, a stalwart couple who take in two vagabond lovers from the South. The unlikely pairs’ intersection unearths their deep-seated desires – ones which they fight to keep buried.
Discount tickets are available for Family Weekend participants. Additional performance and ticket information will be provided in response to your RSVP for the October 27 events.
Learn more about The Cataract at jointhedrama.org
Alumna Nina LeNoir (MFA ’93, PhD ‘99) has been elected Treasurer and Chair for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Finance Committee. Congratulations Nina! She is the current chair of Chapman University’s Department of Theatre.