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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

David Cloyd (B.M., Music Performance, '98)

Following its release on eMusic January 5th, David Cloyd’s album Unhand Me, You Fiend! hits #1 on eMusic’s Album Charts Tuesday, January 13th. eMusic is the world’s largest retailer of independent music and the world’s second-largest digital music retailer overall, offering more than 4 million tracks from over 40,000 independent labels spanning every genre of music.

Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hyde Park Theatre's FronteraFest 2009 presents

Lascivious Lunches and Decadent Dinners by Priscilla Sample (M.F.A. ’08), Wednesday, January 28th.

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barry Anderson's (B.F.A., Studio, '91)

new single-channel HD video animation, “Op Eyes,” opens at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art November 21, 2008. The piece was commissioned by Nerman Museum director Bruce Hartman and is part of the museum’s permanent collection. There is an opening reception on November 21 6-8:30 pm. Barry will also be giving a lecture in the museum’s auditorium on November 20 at 3:30 pm.

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008

TUTTO Theatre presents "Ophelia" written and directed by Dustin Wills (BA '06).

“Ophelia” runs November 7 – 23.

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008

Erik McRae, (M.A., Art History, ‘07)

was recently named curator of the Visual Resources Centre in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2008

David Cloyd (B.M., Music Performance, '98)

has recently signed to Engine Company Records in NYC, and his debut album, Unhand Me, You Fiend!, will be released worldwide in January 2009. Mixed by producer, recording artist, and Engine Company Records founder Blake Morgan, and mastered by Grammy Award–winner Phil “Butcher Bros.“ Nicolo, Cloyd’s national debut evokes comparisons with Radiohead, Beck, and Peter Gabriel.

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2008

W. Jackson Rushing III, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Art History (1982, 1984, 1989)

is the first Adkins Presidential Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art.

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2008

Rebecca Podsednik (B.F.A. '05)

accepts new position in the Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences program.

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Stella Sung (D.M.A., 1991)

has been appointed as the first Composer in Residence for the Orlando (FL) Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Sung is also Composer in Residence for Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL), and is the recipient of the 2007-10 Phi Kappa Phi National Artists Award.

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kathleen A. Raymond (M.F.A., Studio Art, 1983)

will be an Art Instructor at The Episcopal School of Dallas teaching all levels of studio art in the Upper School, starting August 2008.

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ben Woitena (B.F.A., Art, 1965)

will be exhibiting 45 years of work at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Ben Woitena: A Retrospective (1963-2008) will be open from September 12, 2008 – January 4, 2009.

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 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

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

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