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Mary Ellen Cavitt (Ph.D., '98)

has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching for the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Texas State University, San Marcos. Dr. Cavitt also earned tenure this spring at Texas State University and serves as an Associate Professor of Music Education.

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lori Bade (D.M.A., '94)

Mezzo Soprano and Professor of Voice at Louisiana State University was, in 2007, appointed Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Music. Most recently she has added to her administrative duties the appointment of Interim Director of the School of Music (2009-10 academic year). In addition, she continues to perform and, in 2007, premiered the vocal/choral work for mezzo soprano, chorus, and orchestra, A Procession of Seasons by Stephen Paulus, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and Canterbury Choral Society. Most recently she was guest soloist performing Durufle’s Requiem and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. During the Summer of 2008, Dr. Bade was guest professor of voice in Salzburg, Austria with the University of Miami Salzburg Summer Vocal Program where she will return to teach once again in the Summer of 2010. Lori and her son, Michael, live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upcoming solo performance of Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, July 2009.

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Zoë Charlton (M.F.A. Studio Art Painting, 1999)

earned her tenure in April 2009 at American University in Washington, D.C. In the fall, she will become the area head in studio art. She has had 2 solo shows every year for the last 3 ­ 4 years, along with participating in many group shows. View some of her artwork at the above link.

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009

Alumna Marcia Gay Harden Wins 2009 Tony Award

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, “God of Carnage”

Posted: Monday, June 8, 2009

Annika Marie (Ph.D. Art & Art Hisory 2006)

has been appointed assistant professor of art history in the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago.

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009

Alumni Earn 2009 Tony Award Nominations

Kevin Adams and Marcia Gay Harden

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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

featured in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at New York’s Public Theater through May 24. Read more in the NY Times article, “Old Hickory, That Emo Punk, Singing and Dancing to Fame”

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Billy Dragoo (B.F.A. '87)

of Austin High School directs UIL One Act Play 5A State Champion production, “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Christina Murphy (B.A. '04)

featured in upcoming Wayans’ Brothers movie. “Dance Flick” opens May 22.

Posted: Monday, May 18, 2009

Robbie Ann Darby (M.F.A. '07) presents solo performance "Love and Violence: The Fusion or Eruption"

May 15 and 16 at 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta, GA.

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kimberly Scott (B.F.A. '86) appears in "Death of a Salesman"

with Charles S. Dutton at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jon Ecklund (B.F.A. '91) featured in "NY Times"

for role in “Cathedral” at Manhattan Theater Source.

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Remembering Leigh Bess Boone (1979–2009),

B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance, 2003

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jason Tremblay (M.F.A. Playwriting '07) Debuts New Play in Chicago

“Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back” at Adventure Stage through May 21

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jason Kendall (M.F.A. '96) NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador to New York City

featured in “NY Times” for direction of Inwood Astronomy Project.

Posted: Monday, April 6, 2009

Elena Araoz (M.F.A. '04) director of, "Thirst: A Spell for Christabel,"

featured in “NY Times” for production with The First Light Theater Group.

Posted: Monday, April 6, 2009

Alumni's Film Selected to Premiere at SxSW

Karen Skloss’s “Sunshine” shown at South by Southwest

Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Festival Brings New art and Established Talent to Austin

The University Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival, March 30 – April 4

Posted: Monday, March 9, 2009

Catherine Ann Jones- The Way of Story (BFA, Drama, 1965)

is an award-winning writer whose films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), Angel Passing (Hume Cronyn, Calista Flockhart) which screened at Sundance and went on to win fifteen awards, and the TV series, Touched by an Angel. Her book, The Way of Story, is required for NYU writing programs, Ms. Jones will be in Austin giving a talk and a workshop through Reel Women on May 20-23 for all levels and all forms of narrative, focusing on writing for Hollywood and independent films.

Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Jen Lutringer (B.F.A. '01)

Theatre Arts Teacher at North Richland Hills Middle School named Teacher of the Year.

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2009