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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

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

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

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

Literary agent William Craver (M.F.A. 1956)

has a new musical, PASSING STRANGE, running at the Public/NY Shakespeare Theatre May 14-June 3, 2007. Another UT alum, Kevin Adams (B.F.A. 1984), is Lighting Designer for this show.

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2007

See Joe Murray (M.F.A. Acting, 2001)

in this national commercial for Wendy’s. He plays the scientist who runs the wind tunnel.

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Bill Green (BFA in Drama, 1950)

starred as a cynical senator in THE VIEW FROM K STREET at Alternate Stages in New York City. The play just closed after a month run.

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2007

Recently graduated Anastasia Coon (M.F.A. in Acting, 2007)

just landed her first Equity contract with a professional theatre company in California as the lead role in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.” She’s very excited as it’s a great challenge in British dialect and with a director she loves and respects.

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2007

Shannon Haragan (M.F.A. Acting, 1996) and Janelle Schremmer (M.F.A. Acting, 1997)

appear in the feature film CHALK, a faux-doc comedy about teachers and the public education system, released in theaters this summer.

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2007

Elena Araoz (M.F.A. in Acting, 2004)

directs new play, Phallacy, written by Dr. Carl Djerassi, starring Simon Jones and Lisa Harrow. Runs May 15-June 10 at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City.

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2007

Jason Kendall (M.F.A. in Drama, 1996)

is training to be a docent in the astronomy and earth sciences areas of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2007