Alum Randall Rapstine (BFA 1985) just completed his first year in the Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Pedagogy program at Texas Tech University. Prior to graduate school, Randall served as the Region VI representative to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Institute of Theatre Advocacy and Journalism. This summer he will be participating in Texas Tech’s Wild Wind Performance Lab. He will also participate in the National Critic’s Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut and the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive in Washington, D.C. Lastly, his screenplay GENIUS is in development in Hollywood. For more information on Randall Rapstine visit randallrapstine.com.
Program Area: Playwriting/Directing
Jacqueline E. Lawton's (MFA 2003) play, The Hampton Years, will receive a world premiere production at Theater J May 29 - June 30, 2013. This play was commissioned as part of Theater J’s Locally Grown Festival.
Lawton is a 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color award recipient. She is a member of Arena Stage’s Playwright’s Arena and the Dramatist Guild of America. And, she is a National New Play Network (NNPN) Playwright Alum and has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize and a PONY Fellowship from the Lark New Play Development Center. Since 2010, Lawton has served on Round House Theatre’s Artists’ Roundtable and was named one of 30 of the nation’s leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute.
Photo: Jason Hornick
UT was well represented in playwright Kristoffer Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-finalist play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, performed at the Dallas Theater Center last fall. Directed by Jaime Castañeda (MFA 2006), the play stars Corey Jones (MFA 2007) as “Chad Deity.” Check out a feature on Good Morning Texas!