Professor Susan Mickey Honored by UT System Board of Regents for Outstanding Teaching

Department of Theatre and Dance Professor Susan Mickey is among the twenty-seven UT Austin faculty members honored with the 2012 Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, the UT System Board of Regents’ highest teaching distinction.

The award includes $25,000, and is considered among the nation’s largest cash prizes for higher education faculty members who exhibit outstanding classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction.

Mickey is an accomplished costume designer with over 30 years of professional experience in the field. She joined the Department of Theatre and Dance in 2004, and now serves as the senior associate chair and head of the design and technology area. Mickey brings to the classroom a working knowledge of the discipline having designed at most major regional theatres in the country. She has designed costumes for 15 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has been an associate artist with the Virginia Stage Company. In addition, she has designed costumes for more than 50 productions over 30 years at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta working there with many of the great directors, designers and playwrights of the American Stage.

In 2010 she won the Joseph Jeff Award for Best Costume Design for her work on the Chicago Shakespeare production of The Madness of George III. She is the winner of the 2010 College of Fine Arts Teaching Award and the 2008 Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Excellence Award.

“Winning the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award is just the latest in a remarkable string of accomplishments by Professor Mickey,” said Chair Brant Pope. “She combines her internationally recognized design career with a deep and ongoing commitment to the teaching and mentoring of her students.”

Established in 2008, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards program recognizes educators who demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching and sustained ability to deliver excellence to the undergraduate learning experience. A panel of students, peer faculty members and external reviewers evaluates the award nominees’ teaching performance over three years. Faculty members are considered through a rigorous process based on a range of activities and criteria that include expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes.

Past Department of Theatre and Dance recipients of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award include Andrea Beckham, Charlotte Canning and Franchelle Dorn.

Photo: J Elissa Marshall, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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Pamela Ribon’s (BFA ’97) latest novel hits the shelves (and e-readers)

Best-selling novelist and Theatre and Dance alumnus Pamela Ribon’s fourth novel, You Take It From Here, hit the shelves this month to critical praise.

Ribon is a TV writer, screenwriter and popular blogger. She’s been in comedy rooms for both network and cable television, most notably the Emmy award-winning Samantha Who?, starring Christina Applegate. Pamela has adapted her popular novels for both film and television, and developed original series for ABC, ABC Family, Sony, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox Productions. She’s currently developing an original television series with Jerry Weintraub Productions, in addition to writing an original feature script for the Disney Channel and creating a graphic novel for Oni Press.

Ribon was once an contributor, was a flagship contributor to Television Without Pity, and was a weekly columnist for the Austin American-Statesman. She’s known as a pioneer in the blogging world with her successful website, which has been spotlighted for Lifetime Achievement from the Weblog Awards. Her stage work has been showcased at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival and she created the accidental international scandal known as Call Us Crazy: The Anne Heche Monologues. Using her loyal fan base, Pamela co-created, a charity that helps books find needy libraries.

Related Stories and Connections:

Insight from Pamela Ribon on You Take It From Here

Review of You Take It From Here

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Join the Drama! Announcing the 2012-2013 Subscription Series

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance announces an inaugural five-performance Subscription Series with a spectacular 2012-2013 Season! The 2012-2013 season brings to the stage dramatic storytelling by Pulitzer Prize acclaimed playwrights, two world premieres, a bold adaptation of a cherished classic, and enthralling dance by nationally renowned choreographers.

“You are about to witness one of the ways that the arts brings new things into the world,” explains Brant Pope, chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. “Our 2012/13 season rivals in creative energy anything a state of the art science lab or think tank could invent. This year, we have two world premieres – the stunning adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, and Suzan Zeder’s brilliant The Edge of Peace. The latter marks the first co-production between our department and the celebrated Seattle Children’s Theatre. Audiences will relish the regional premiere of The Cataract by UT alumna and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright, Lisa D’Amour. Add to this, Lynn Nottage’s smash hit Intimate Apparel and Dance Repertory Theatre’s compelling choreography in Roots and Wings and this season is proving to be one of the most exciting yet!”

Additional non-subscription season highlights include Fall For Dance; UTNT (UT New Theatre), curated by preeminent playwright Steven Dietz; and the Cohen New Works Festival, presented by The University Co-op. An audience favorite, the Cohen New Works Festival offers over 30 plays, dances, and exhibits to more than 8,000 patrons in six days.

Tickets for the department’s inaugural five performance Subscription Series are on sale now online at, or by calling (512) 471-4454.

Individual tickets for all performances go on sale August 20 at authorized ticket outlets, which include the Bass Concert Hall Box Office, most H-E-B stores and all Texas Box Office outlets, online at, or by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO (2386).

The Cataract
By Lisa D’ Amour
October 19 – 28, 2012
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

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.

The Scarlet Letter
Adapted by Sarah Saltwick

Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
November 16 – December 7, 2012
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Sin. Guilt. Judgment. Love.

Hester Prynne comes to the stage in this world premiere reimagining of Hawthorne’s classic tale.

The Edge of Peace
By Suzan Zeder

Directed by Linda Hartzell
February 1 – 10, 2013

A play for all ages, The Edge of Peace tells the touching story of Buddy, a young boy struggling to make sense of a world at war. The final play in Suzan Zeder’s Ware trilogy, this world premiere is produced in partnership with Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Intimate Apparel
By Lynn Nottage
March 1 – 9, 2013

Esther, a gifted seamstress, dreams of finding love and longs to open a beauty parlor in Harlem. She meets George, and her aspirations appear within reach. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage weaves a tale of romance, ambition, and self-discovery in Intimate Apparel.

Roots and Wings
Artistic Directors David Justin and Charles O. Anderson
April 19 – 21, 2013

Hot on the heels of 2012’s critically acclaimed Catalyst, Dance Repertory Theatre takes flight. The showcase presents exciting new dance works and re-staged masterpieces by nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists and faculty.

Join the drama this season and become a Subscription Series holder!

Learn about the full season of offerings online or by phoning 512-471-5793.

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2012 Austin Critics’ Table Award Winners Celebrated

UT Theatre and Dance Community Shines at Ceremony

The Austin Critics’ Table has chosen their favorite for the year in theatre, design, dance, visual art and classical music. Among the top picks are many Department of Theatre and Dance students, faculty, alumni, and friends who have been recognized for their outstanding achievements during the 2011-2012 season. The strength of Theatre and Dance was exemplified with the recognition of every area of our department from undergraduates to graduates and from designers to directors. Congratulations to all!

The 2012 awards were presented June 4th at Cap City Comedy Club. 

Awards by category:


Production, Drama (tie)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Daria Davis, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, MFA candidate

Acting in a Supporting Role

Kelli Schultz, Next to Normal (ZACH Theatre), BA ‘12

David Mark Cohen New Play Award

River City, Diana Grisanti, MFA ‘12


Short Work

Poet’s Love (Ready, Set, Go!), Rosalyn Nasky, attended


Alvin Rangel, Tango Vesre, MFA ‘12


Costume Design

Yao Chen, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, MFA candidate

Video Design

Jeff Kurihara, Broken Pieces/ Just for the Night (New York Stories), MFA candidate


John Bustin Award for Exceptional Versatility

Kim Adams, BA ‘09

W.H. “Deacon” Crain Award for Outstanding Student Work

Liz Kimball, MFA candidate

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 2011

To read the full list of nominees and winners, click on the appropriate link. 

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2012 Austin Critics’ Table Awards Nominees Announced

UT Theatre and Dance Community Among Top Picks

Minus 16, Catalyst, 2012  Photo: Jeff Heimsath

For the 20th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year’s most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. Department of Theatre and Dance productions, students, faculty, alumni and friends are well represented on this year’s list of nominations. Winners will be announced of the Critics’ Table Awards will be announced on June 4. 

Performances listed below are produced by The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance unless otherwise noted.


Dance Concert


Short Work

Tango Vesre by Alvin Rangel, MFA ‘12

Watch the Gap by Ellen Bartel, MFA ‘12


David Justin, Oblivion’s Ink, Department of Theatre and Dance Associate Professor and Co-Artistic Director of Dance Repertory Theatre


Alvin Rangel, Tango Vesre, MFA ‘12


Ellen Bartel (MFA ’12), Mari Akita, and Adam Sultan in Program C: Butoh (Big Range Dance Festival)

Dance Repertory Theatre dancers in Minus 16, Catalyst


Scenic Design

Rowan Doyle, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, MFA ‘12

Michael Raiford, Hairspray/Spring Awakening/God of Carnage (ZACH Theatre), MFA ‘09

Chris H. Yoo, 360 (round dance), MFA candidate

Costume Design

Yao Chen, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, MFA candidate

Proletina Veltchev, Love’s Labour’s Lost, MFA ‘12 

Lighting Design 

Kate Leahy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, MFA ‘12

Cheng-Wei Teng, Love’s Labour’s Lost, MFA ‘12

Video Design

Joao Beira, Too & For (Catalyst), Choreographer Yacov Sharir

Jeff Kurihara, Broken Pieces/Just for the Night (New York Stories), MFA candidate

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 2012  Photo: Trent Lesikar


Production, Drama

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Daria Davis, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, MFA candidate

Acting in a Leading Role

Jon Cook, The Aliens (Hyde Park Theatre), BA ‘12

Acting in a Supporting Role

Kim Adams, Ghosts/The Pavilion (Penfold Theatre Co. in partnership with Breaking String), BA ‘09

Kelli Schultz, Next to Normal (ZACH Theatre), BA ‘12

Rommel Sulit, Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) 

Ensemble Performance

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

David Mark Cohen New Play Award

360 (round dance), Steven Dietz, Department of Theatre and Dance Professor

Bacha Bazi (Boy Play), Gabriel Jason Dean, MFA ‘12

River City, Diana Grisanti, MFA ‘12

Static, Tom Horan, MFA ‘12

Music Direction

Allen Robertson, Hairspray/Next to Normal (ZACH Theatre), MFA ‘92


Quetta Carpenter, Love’s Labour’s Lost , Department of Theatre and Dance Lecturer

Tom Truss, Hair (Texas State University-San Marcos), MFA ‘09

Read the full list of this year’s nominees.

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Dance Repertory Theatre Takes the National Stage

Audiences have the opportunity to be enchanted once again by Oblivion’s Ink, the contemporary ballet by Department of Theatre and Dance Associate Professor David Justin. Dance Repertory Theatre, the university’s student dance ensemble, will perform Justin’s choreography at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on May 25.

Oblivion’s Ink, 2012. Photo: Jeff Heimsath

The performance is in conjunction with the National College Dance Festival, an annual event that highlights exemplary choreography and performance created at colleges and universities across the country. The University of Texas at Austin’s dance program is one of 30 schools recognized at this year’s prestigious event. Oblivion’s Ink was premiered in March 2012 as part the department’s critically acclaimed dance concert Catalyst.

In addition to its debut at the Kennedy Center, Oblivion’s Ink will be performed in American Repertory Ensemble’s (ARE) spring concert at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on May 23. Entitled Fast Approaching Swiftly Gone, ARE’s program includes the Tosca String Quartet as well as work by internationally renowned choreographers Alex Ketley and Julia Adam.  

David Justin serves as the co-artistic director of Dance Repertory Theatre and the artistic director of American Repertory Ensemble.

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