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Alumnus Stars in New Play at New York Theatre Workshop

Fajer Al-Kaisi M.F.A. ('07) is performing in the world premiere of Aftermath at New York Theatre Workshop. Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank are the award-winning writers of, The Exonerated, which ran for eighteen months Off-Broadway.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Recent Graduate Premieres New Work at Kean University

Any Other Name, written by playwriting graduate George Brant (M.F.A. '08), made its debut on September 4 at Premier Stages at Kean University. Winner of the 2009 Premiere Stages Play Festival, Any Other Name is set in 1940s London and follows a desperate young poet who conspires to steal and profit from the unpublished work of another poet, now committed to an asylum.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Associate Professor of Performance as Public Practice Publishes New Book

Associate Professor of Performance as Public Practice Deborah Paredez, has announced the publication of her new book Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. Published in August by Duke University Press, the book explores the significance and broader meanings of the extensive posthumous celebration of the Tejana pop star, Selena Quintanilla Pérez, who died in 1995.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Drama and Theatre for Youth Area Head Honored at National Conference

Drama and Theatre for Youth Area Head, Dr. Coleman A. Jennings received the Distinguished Book Award from AATE at their annual conference in New York last month. Jennings was selected for his work as editor on “Nine Plays by JoséCruz González Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences”.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Recent Graduate Awarded $50,000 Literary Prize

Frances Ya–Chu Cowhig, a graduate of the James A. Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the 2009 Keene Prize for Literature for her play titled "Lidless," a poetic treatment of the issue of torture at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Excellence Award

Associate Professor and Dance Unit Head, Lyn C. Wilthsire, and Theater for Youth Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor, Suzan Zeder, have been selected to receive the 2008-09 Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Excellence Award.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Playwriting Professor Debuts New Work at Florida Stage

Yankee Tavern by Professor Steven Dietz, originally commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, Princeton is a dark thriller about the allure and danger of conspiracy theories, set in a crumbling New York City tavern 5 years after 9/11.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Alumna Marcia Gay Harden Wins 2009 Tony Award

Marcia Gay Harden (B.A. '80) accepted the Tony for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play” Sunday night for her role as “Veronica” in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage. The award marks a first career win for Harden. Her Broadway debut as “Harper” in Tony Kushner's, Angels in America, garnered two Tony Award nominations in 1993.

Monday, June 8, 2009

2009 Austin Critics Table Awards Announced

The Austin Critics Table has chosen their favorites for the year in Theatre, Design, Dance, Visual Art and Classical Music. Among the top picks are UT Theatre and Dance students and alumni for their outstanding achievements in the fields of direction, performance, design and choreography.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Theatre and Dance Graduate Student Honored with Michael H. Granof Award

Charlotte Griffin Awarded for Outstanding Thesis

Friday, May 22, 2009