Catherine Ann Jones (BFA 1965), is an award-winning playwright (Calamity Jane, On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek) and screenwriter (The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, Touched by an Angel series). A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism with over thirty years teaching experience, Jones is a writing consultant and author of The Way of Story. Her latest book, Heal Your Self with Writing, has been recognized with the Nautilus Book Award for 2014. Established in 1998, the award celebrates books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Past winners include The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and Desmund Tutu.

Catherine Ann Jones (BFA 1965), is an award-winning playwright (Calamity Jane, On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek) and screenwriter (The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, Touched by an Angel series). A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism with over thirty years teaching experience, Jones is a writing consultant and author of The Way of Story. Her latest book, Heal Your Self with Writing, has been recognized with the Nautilus Book Award for 2014. Established in 1998, the award celebrates books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Past winners include The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra and Desmund Tutu.

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Alumnus’ Play to Premiere at Finborough Theatre

Kevin Kautzman's (M.F.A. 2013) play, Dream of Perfect Sleep premieres this June at the Finborough Theatre in London, directed by Max Pappenheim. Conceived at The University of Texas at Austin and produced in 2013 UTNT (UT New Theatre), Dream of Perfect Sleep won both the Southwest and Kernodle playwriting competitions, at Stage West and the University of Arkansas. It will be published this summer in the UK by Oberon.

Dream of Perfect Sleep, presented in UTNT (UT New Theatre), 2013. Photo: Josh Rasmussen, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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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.

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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Stephen Blackburn (MFA 1997) wrote the one-man play Douglass, one of three short plays comprising Lincoln Adjacent, which will run during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. Actor Rif Hutton stars as Frederick Douglass. Meanwhile, Fierce Backbone Theatre Co, of which Blackburn is a founding member, is entering its seventh year of existence and will be presenting four original plays at the Fringe Festival, all of which were developed in the company’s weekly workshops.

Stephen Blackburn (MFA 1997) wrote the one-man play Douglass, one of three short plays comprising Lincoln Adjacent, which will run during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. Actor Rif Hutton stars as Frederick Douglass. Meanwhile, Fierce Backbone Theatre Co, of which Blackburn is a founding member, is entering its seventh year of existence and will be presenting four original plays at the Fringe Festival, all of which were developed in the company’s weekly workshops.

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ALL THE WAY by Robert Schenkkan

Winner of

  • The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards for Best Play and Best Actor (Bryan Cranston)
  • The Drama League Award for Best Play
  • Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play and Best Actor (Bryan Cranston)
  • New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
  • Theatre World Award for Best Actor (Bryan Cranston)

And the frontrunner for the Tony Award for Best Play! Tune in CBS Sunday, June 8th 8/7 CST for the 68th Annual Tony Awards to find out who takes home the prize.

Can’t wait until Sunday? Check out this interview with Robert Schenkkan, Bryan Cranston and Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

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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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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ALUMNI GROUPMIXTAPE THEATRE COMPANY PREMIERESNEW WORK AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FEST 2014“HOME”In a city full of transplants, where do you go to find a heart? You go…Home. Mixtape Theatre Company brings you nine solo plays in one hour on the cozy, the bleak, the beautiful, terrible, hilarious, lonely and heartwarming, all - encompassing,  identity defying and defining, the many, the only: HOME.
“We are so excited about HOME. This is a brand new one-hour piece of theatre with nine solo acts, all written and performed by members of our company, alumni from the University of Texas at Austin. We originally came from different places – we have six Southerners, one Mid-Westerner and one Romanian – but since we all studied acting in Austin, Texas that creates a special bond.”     - Co-Artistic Director Mark Scheibmeir
“This shared foundation for theatre makes it easy to talk together and work off one another. Each solo act draws from a combination of personal experience, spoken word, and movement to enhance the storytelling. We use our shared language to play with humor, drama and all the stuff -in-between on what “home” means to us.”    - Co-Artistic Director Smaranda LunaWHERE:Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 at The Actor’s Company916 North Formosa, Los Angeles, CA 90046PERFORMANCES:June 14th @ 10:00 PM (SAT)June 22nd @ 1:00 PM (SUN)June 27th @ 5:30 PM (FRI)June 28th @ 7:00 PM (SAT)TICKETS: FREECOMPANY BIO:Mixtape Theatre Company is a new L.A theatre company created byUniversity of Texas at Austin alumni and committed to bringinghigh quality theatre productions to the Los Angeles public. This is the company’s second production at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Mixtape Theatre Company’s work will quickly become your favorite playlist. Don’t miss a beat. COMPANY MEMBERS:Mark Scheibmeir* (MFA 2010)Smaranda Luna* (MFA 2010)Marlane Barnes (MFA 2010)Will Brittain (BA Attended)Michelle Flanagan (BA 2010)Andrew Kotrla (BA 2012)Shaun Patrick Tubbs (MFA 2010)Melissa Recalde (MFA 2010)Bianca Wugofski (BBA 2013)*Founders and Co-Artistic DirectorsMORE ON THIS:Learn more by visiting www.mixtapetheatre.com

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MIXTAPE THEATRE COMPANY PREMIERES
NEW WORK AT HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FEST 2014

“HOME”
In a city full of transplants, where do you go to find a heart? You go…Home.

Mixtape Theatre Company brings you nine solo plays in one hour on the cozy, the bleak, the beautiful, terrible, hilarious, lonely and heartwarming, all - encompassing,  identity defying and defining, the many, the only: HOME.

“We are so excited about HOME. This is a brand new one-hour piece of theatre with nine solo acts, all written and performed by members of our company, alumni from the University of Texas at Austin. We originally came from different places – we have six Southerners, one Mid-Westerner and one Romanian – but since we all studied acting in Austin, Texas that creates a special bond.”
     - Co-Artistic Director Mark Scheibmeir

“This shared foundation for theatre makes it easy to talk together and work off one another. Each solo act draws from a combination of personal experience, spoken word, and movement to enhance the storytelling. We use our shared language to play with humor, drama and all the stuff -in-between on what “home” means to us.”
    - Co-Artistic Director Smaranda Luna

WHERE:
Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 at The Actor’s Company
916 North Formosa, Los Angeles, CA 90046

PERFORMANCES:
June 14th @ 10:00 PM (SAT)
June 22nd @ 1:00 PM (SUN)
June 27th @ 5:30 PM (FRI)
June 28th @ 7:00 PM (SAT)

TICKETS: FREE

COMPANY BIO:
Mixtape Theatre Company is a new L.A theatre company created by
University of Texas at Austin alumni and committed to bringing
high quality theatre productions to the Los Angeles public. This is the company’s second production at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Mixtape Theatre Company’s work will quickly become your favorite playlist. Don’t miss a beat.

COMPANY MEMBERS:
Mark Scheibmeir* (MFA 2010)
Smaranda Luna* (MFA 2010)
Marlane Barnes (MFA 2010)
Will Brittain (BA Attended)
Michelle Flanagan (BA 2010)
Andrew Kotrla (BA 2012)
Shaun Patrick Tubbs (MFA 2010)
Melissa Recalde (MFA 2010)
Bianca Wugofski (BBA 2013)

*Founders and Co-Artistic Directors

MORE ON THIS:
Learn more by visiting www.mixtapetheatre.com

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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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