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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

Scott Marlowe (BFA in Dance, 2004) dances with LEVYdance in San Francisco.

LEVYdance is renowned for its daring, densely layered, kinesthetically detailed, and emotionally intense choreography.

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2007

David Rogers (B.F.A. in Lighting Technology, 1999)

was recently promoted to Manager, Electronic Information Security Compliance at US Oncology, Inc. in the Houston area.

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2007

Catch Kim Dilts (M.F.A. in Acting, 2004)

as she plays a reporter on Dirty Sexy Money, airing on Wednesday, September 26 at 10/9p Central on ABC.

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Jim Walters (MFA in Directing, 1969)

is set designer for a hit television show “NCIS” (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) that is entering its 5th season. It airs Tuesday nights on CBS.

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2007

Chad Raines (B.A. in Theatre and Dance, 1999)

recently took a position with Enspire Learning as a Producer. He is also pursuing a Masters in Project Management at St. Edwards University, is a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theatre, and regularly volunteers as venue and stage manager at various festivals in Austin.

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2007

Val Winkelman (MFA in Theatrical Design, 1990)

has recently been named Interim Head of the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts at Auburn University Montgomery.

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 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

Carson Kreitzer (MFA Playwriting, ‘06)

was accepted into New Dramatists Class of 2013.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Mark Reeb (BFA Theatrical Design, ‘98)

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

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Dan Dietz (MFA Drama, ‘99)

is one of eleven playwrights selected in the ninth round of the Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, jointly developed by the TCG and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from the Ford Foundation. The program allows playwrights to create new work while in residence at a theatre, and to become a part of that theatre’s artistic life and community activities. He will be in residence at Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2007

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