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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

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

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

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

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

Nina LeNoir (Ph.D. Theatre History/Criticism, 1999; M.F.A. in Directing, 1993)

is Director of Instruction at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, CA

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 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

Aaron Mack Schloff (M.F.A. in Playwriting, 2003)

is featured in the May/June international issue of American Theater, which presents his account of how four Argentine plays and playwrights traveled to New York. American Theater celebrates the issue with a party on May 14th at the Romanian Cultural Institute that also marks the visit of two Romanian theater artists. Additionally, Soho Think Tank at the Ohio Theatre is presenting a reading of Mr. Schloff’s play THE FLIGHT OF ICARUS at 3:00 pm on May 14 as part of its 6th Floor Series.

Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Ryan King (B.F.A. in Theatre, 2001)

is acting in current UT Playwriting candidate Jenny Connell’s play CHRYSALIS on May 8-10 as part of the Nine Winning Plays showcase from the National M.F.A. Playwright’s Festival at the Atlantic Theater’s Stage Two.

Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Lucy Nagle-Record (B.A. in Dance, 1977)

is an instructor at Pasadena Dance Theatre. Pasadena Dance Theatre is presenting “Beauty and the Beast” at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium on May 12 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm and May 13 at 2:00 pm. Ms. Nagle-Record will also be choreographing for an Arts Festival in the Boston area this summer.

Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2007

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

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

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