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Anthony Gatto (M.M., Music, '91)

is a New York-based composer premiering the opera “The Making of Americans”, after the novel by Gertrude Stein, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Dec 12, 13, 2008.

Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008

Robert Schenkkan's (B.A., Drama, '75)

play, BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON, will open in LA at the Geffen Theatre on Nov 5. He has been commissioned to write a new play for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of their “American History Project”, and to adapt Linda Sue Park’s, A SINGLE SHARD, for the Seattle Children’s Theatre Co. Most recently he workshopped a new musical, A NIGHT AT THE ALHAMBRA CAFE at the Krannert Center. The miniseries he wrote for A&E, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, is nominated for six Emmys including “Best Miniseries.” Robert also wrote four episodes on the HBO/Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg miniseries, THE PACIFIC, airing in 2010. Currently, Robert is writing a film for SONY Pictures based on Xenophon’s “ANABASIS.” He also has films set up at Fox, Fox 2000, and with Pandemonium Pictures.

Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008

Randall Rapstine (B.F.A. '85)

moves latest directing project, “7 Sins” from New York to Edinburgh Scotland.

Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2008

George Garrett Keast (B.M. Music Studies, 1995)

makes his debut with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in Central Park with violinist Tim Fain on June 24th, 2008. He recently served as guest conductor for the UT Butler Opera Center production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and next season he will conduct the Texas All-State Philharmonic at the TMEA conference in San Antonio. This season also included several dates with the Oregon Symphony and a seventh season as conductor of Canada’s Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival.

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008

Tonya Larson

(maiden name Bordeaux) 1996 B.A. in Theater, recently released her fitness DVD, “STEP PUMP/ Body-Mind-Spirit-Fit.” You can view clips of the DVD on

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2008

Kate Cullen Roberts (M.F.A. '07)

appears in scene on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. The episode titled “Betrayed” airs Sunday, June 22nd.

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Brian Spolans (B.F.A., Studio Art, ‘02)

will exhibit his new work in the exhibition Love is Forever at The Art Corridor II on the Southeast Campus of Tarrant County College in Arlington, Texas. The exhibition will run from June 2 – July 24, 2008.

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2008

Tommy Tune (B.F.A. ’61)

to receive lifetime achievement honor at 2008 Astaire Awards

Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Carlen Gilseth (M.F.A. '92) of The Woodlands High School and Billy Dragoo (B.F.A. '87) of Austin High School

direct students competing in the 82nd Annual State One-Act Play contest in Austin, TX

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sets and props designed by James Walters [B.F.A. '69)]

appear in episode of “N.C.I.S.“ The episode entitled “Stakeout” airs Tuesday, April 8th.

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2008

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents "Coriolanus"

directed by former M.F.A. in Directing Student, Laird Williamson. “Coriolanus” runs March 26 – November 2.

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Alumnus Dock Jackson,

director of parks and recreation for the City of Elgin and a current Bastrop City Council member, vies for seat on Bastrop County Commissioners Court.

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008

Kathryn Holliday (M.A., Art History, '94)

has just written a new book entitled “Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age”. It is the first critical examination of the work of New York architect, Leopold Eidlitz, America’s first Jewish architect, founding member of the American Institute of Architects, and the first American to define a modern organic architecture; this book reveals his formidable influence.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hana Hillerova (M.F.A., Studio Art, '04)

will exhibit her latest sculptures constructed of mirrors at the Lawndale Art Center in the John M. O’Quinn Gallery in Houston from March 7 – April 12 in conjunction with FOTOFEST2008. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm with an artist talk at 6 pm.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dink O'Neal (B.F.A. '84) appears as the irate carwash customer on "MONK".

The season finale episode entitled “Mr. Monk Is On The Run” airs Friday, February 22nd.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Adam Kulbersh (BFA '96) joins Joan Rivers

in the premiere of “Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress” at L.A.‘s Geffen Playhouse, February 5-March 30.

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008

BFA Dance Graduate pens new blog - Life as a dancer in Las Vegas

Lisa Browder (B.F.A. Dance, ’76) recounts her 13 years as a professional dancer, and her ten year stint as a Las Vegas “Showgirl”, in her new blog One Showgirl’s Life.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Nora Christie Puckett (B.F.A. in Art History, ‘95)

recently became Chair of the Museum Division of the Texas Art Education Association. Currently she is also the Student, Family, and Adult Programs Manager at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Brian Cassidy (B.M., M.M. Music Studies, '02, '04)

is the lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for Okkervil River, a band whose recent album “The Stage Names” received ‘best of 2007’ honors from NPR, Rolling Stone, Harp, and others. Brian has recently performed live with Okkervil on NBC‘s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NPR‘s World Cafe, BBC Radio 1, Radio France, and the Australian Broadcasting Company.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dink O'Neal (B.F.A. '84)

guest stars as the goofy father on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”. The episode entitled “Disenchanted Evening” originally aired on Nov. 9th.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2007