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Gina Kaufmann (MFA in Drama, 1999)

directs “Private Lives” at Sacramento Theater Company. Ms. Kaufmann is a theater and dance assistant professor at Sacramento State and a freelance director. Since graduating from UT Austin, she has taught at the University of Louisville, been a guest director at Brown University and taught at Dartmouth College as a guest. “Private Lives” runs through Sunday 2/18.

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2007

Dink O'Neal (BFA in Acting, 1984)

recently appeared in an episode of Nickelodeon’s award winning family sitcom Drake & Josh in the role of Mr. Carmichael, the next door neighbor whose son’s treehouse is burned to the ground when Drake & Josh accidentally shoot a model rocket out of their bedroom window.

Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Colleen Danaher (BA in Theatre & Dance, 2002) is currently serving as Assistant Stage Manager for the Broadway show "Grey Gardens"

now playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tena Callahan (graduated Tena Bakos, BFA in Drama, 1977)

has been elected District Judge of the 302nd Family Court in Dallas County. She will utilize her theatrical background in her new position as fact-finder in contested family law matters. Tena graduated in from St. Mary’s University Law School, San Antonio, in December 1991.

Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2006

Paul Alix (MFA in Theatrical Design, 2005)

is working as Assistant Set Designer for Herbalife International based in Encino, California. His job has taken him to Boca Raton, Bangkok, Las Vegas, Mexico, Anaheim, and Lisbon. His advice to all new set designers: “After you learn how to hand draft, learn Vectorworks.”

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2006

Devon Painter (MFA Theatrical Design, 1990)

is a freelance costume designer, currently serving as Costume Designer for the Studio Theatre’s production of “The Long Christmas Ride Home” by Paula Vogel. Check out Devon’s portfolio and current projects on her website.

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2006

David Utley (MFA Theatrical Design, 2006)

is currently the Assistant Art Director on “Rendition,” a New Line Cinema feature film starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gylenhaal, and Meryl Streep. David is a new member of USA local 829, is living in L.A., and is scheduled to design “Mother Courage” in January at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre.

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2006

William Peterson (PhD in Theatre History & Criticism, 1991) is now a Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator in the Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Monash is one of Australia’s leading universities with strong academic links with Southeast Asia in ethnomusicology, history, politics, and anthropology. Part of his role in the Center is to further links with Southeast Asia in theatre and performance and to attract additional postgrads to the program.

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2006

Lisa D'Amour (MFA in Drama, 1996) has created the new play Stanley with her brother Tim D'Amour.

Written and directed by Lisa and performed by Tim, Stanley is a sequel to “Streetcar Named Desire” and runs through November 18, 2006 at Here Arts Center in New York City.

Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Blake Hammond (BA in Theatre & Dance, attended) stars as Edna Turnblad in Broadway musical HAIRSPRAY.

Posted: Monday, October 9, 2006

Allen Robertson (MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth, 1992) plays the role of Buford in Austin's home-grown kiddie show "The Biscuit Brothers."

The show just received a Lone Star Emmy nomination for children’s programming.

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2006

David Utley (MFA in Theatrical Design, 2006)

has been made a member of United Scenic Artists local 829. This membership allows him to design theatre anywhere in Los Angeles and design theatre, television, and film in New York City.

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Flordelino Lagundino (MFA in Acting, 2004)

is currently playing Laertes in Hamlet and will be in Noises Off (dir. Keith Baxter) as Tim. Productions both staged at the Perseverance Theatre in Douglas, Alaska.

Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Chase Crossno (BA in Theatre & Dance/Anthropology, 2006)

has been accepted into the World Teach program. The program will take her to Namibia, Africa for one year to teach HIV/AIDS resource and prevention courses using theatre and the arts.

Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Matthew Herrick (MFA in Acting, 2004) made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall this summer.

Benefit concert of Broadway hits was entitled “The Gift of Music.”

Posted: Monday, August 28, 2006

John Newman (M.A.)

was selected by the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America to received the first Robertson Award. This award recognizes an outstanding teacher of theatre in a public high school in the United States.

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2006

David M. Barber (BFA in Theatrical Design, 1990) is credited in a New York Times article

for his “over the top” scene design in the Two River Theatre production of “Tartuffe”. Read more about Barber’s “Texas McMansion decorated like a Disney theme park” in this November 26 New York Times arts review.

Posted: Friday, August 4, 2006