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Robin L. McGee (MFA Drama, ‘92)

co-wrote, with Arnold S. Levine, Patterns for Costume Accessories, a collection of over 80 patterns for period and costume accessories.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Greg Romero (MFA Playwriting, ‘06)

premiered his play The Most Beautiful Lullaby Ever Heard at City Attic Theatre, an emerging off-off-Broadway company in May 2007.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Elliott Forrest (BA Drama, ‘79)

named co-artistic director of Riverspace Arts in Nyack, NY. The theatre had been dark for 11 months until Elliott helped gather community support to bring it back to life.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Fritz Gechter (M.M., D.M.A. Music Studies, ‘93, '01)

is currently Associate Professor of Music/Piano at Texas A&M International University in Laredo where he played the first recital of the TAMIU Steinway Series in October 2006.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Gordon Prince (BFA Drama, ‘98)

is Co-Producer of Eve of Understanding, an award-winning indie film to premiere in Texas at the inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Eve of Understanding was filmed largely in Katy and Austin, Texas.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Will Underwood (BA Drama, ‘97)

is Associate Producer of Eve of Understanding, an award-winning indie film to premiere in Texas at the inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Eve of Understanding was filmed largely in Katy and Austin, Texas.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Elizabeth Holland Gendler (BA Dance, ‘05)

is a stockbroker with Alliance Financial Group, Inc. in Dallas

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Naseem Khozein (B.A. Music Studies, ‘06)

plays violin and fiddle with Barrage, an international multi-instrument performance group.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Jen Prince (BFA Drama, ‘98)

is Producer of Eve of Understanding, an award-winning indie film to premiere in Texas at the inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Eve of Understanding was filmed largely in Katy and Austin, Texas.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Michael D. Arthur (PhD Theatre History & Criticism, ‘99)

made his New York stage debut in March 2007 at the Joyce Theater. He appeared on stage with Buglisi Dance Theatre in a piece called Acapelorus (A Walrus Tale) where his live drawings were projected on a screen behind the dancers as they performed.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Jim Wear (BFA Drama, ‘73)

has opened three “new” theatres in Plano, Texas since 2002 in addition to advocating for the arts through several activities: planning the Arts of Collin County facilities, managing the City of Plano’s Cultural Arts grants program, and working with the Dallas Business Arts and Culture among other activities.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Darrell C. Raby (B.M. Music, ‘97)

won the 2006 Young Film Composers Competition sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Film Music Magazine. He composed a new score for the 1927 silent film, “The Show”, which premiered on TCM January 29, 2007.

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2007

Ishmael Soto (B.F.A. Art, ‘58)

has been creating unique ceramic pieces and metal sculptures for over 50 years. This past Spring his work was featured in an exhibit—“Vessels and Inspirations: Ceramic and Sculptural Works of Ishmael Soto”—at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin.

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2007

David Viscoli (B.M. Music, ‘87)

Pianist, released a live solo piano CD in 2005 on the Eroica Label. It recently received a favorable review in the American Record Guide.

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2007

Randy Mack Bishop (B.F.A. Studio Art, ‘69)

worked as an illustrator at the Dallas Morning News for 18 years. During that time he created 85 original pieces of art that were all accepted by the Center for American History at The University of Texas.

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2007

Leah Zeger (B.A. Opera Performance, ‘06)

plays violin and fiddle with Barrage, an international multi-instrument performance group.

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2007

A.C. Gentry (B.F.A. Art, ‘52)

specializes in watercolor. Tyler Museum of Art exhibited his work in “The Past is Present: Watercolors by A.C. Gentry” that ran from November 17, 2006 through January 14, 2007.

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2007

Robert A. Pruitt (M.F.A. Studio Art, ‘03)

was recently featured in an exhibition, “…but I was cool”, at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, November 9, 2006 through January 20, 2007

Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2007

Cat Quintanilla (B.F.A. Studio Art, ‘80)

has transitioned from 25 years as a promotional graphic designer to serving as the mayor of Sunset Valley, Texas and working as an adjunct faculty member at Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio in the stone carving department. A member of the Texas society of sculptors, she welcomes visitors to her “sculpture garden studio.” Her pieces have been featured in Austin at the annual Sculptfest shows at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and in the juried faculty show at Southwest School of Art and Craft.

Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2007

Sharon Shackelford Watkins (B.F.A. Studio Art, ‘76)

recently accepted a position as an art teacher with the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2007