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The Department of Theatre and Dance to Host PORTFOLIO 2012: The Future of Performance Design and Technology

The annual showcase offers behind-the-scenes access as attendees see imagination manifest itself in works for the stage and film.

Event: The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents PORTFOLIO 2012, an exhibition celebrating the work of emerging artists in costume design, lighting design, scenery, media and technology. The annual showcase offers behind-the-scenes access as attendees see imagination manifest itself in works for the stage and film.

In conjunction with PORTFOLIO 2012, the department will host a public lecture by scenic designer Thomas A. Walsh on April 29. Walsh has been recognized with an array of awards including an Emmy for his designs for CBS’s critically acclaimed series, Buddy Faro, and his origination of the hit ABC series, Desperate Housewives, a show for which he designed the pilot and its first 84 episodes.

When:
Opening Reception and Exhibition: April 29, 4-6 p.m.

Exhibition: April 30-May 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and May 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lecture: “Narrative Design Training for the Digital Sandbox” by Thomas A. Walsh, April 29, 6 p.m.

Where:
PORTFOLIO 2012 and Thomas A. Walsh’s lecture will be held in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, located in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN) at the intersection of 23rd Street and San Jacinto Boulevard.

Tickets: Admission is free and open to the public.

Background:
PORTFOLIO 2012 highlights the work of 35 artists from The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. Showcasing initial ideas born in drawings to fully realized works, the annual exhibit includes costumes, millinery, armor and lighting and scenic designs for the stage and film.

A nationally recognized program, the Department of Theatre and Dance has numerous successful alumni, including Tony Award-winning designer Kevin Adams (Spring Awakening, American Idiot). PORTFOLIO 2012 offers attendees the exclusive opportunity to view innovative works and meet the artists, who are preparing to launch their careers.

Guest artist Thomas A. Walsh is a narrative designer whose body of work encompasses feature films, IMAX, television, documentaries, theatrical dramas and musicals. On Broadway he designed the world premieres of Zoot Suit and Children of a Lesser God, the latter of which received the Tony Award for Best Play (1980). Walsh is the president of the Art Directors Guild and co-chairman of its Film Society.

Walsh’s lecture “Narrative Design Training for the Digital Sandbox” explores the expansion of digital media and the collaborative nature of creation for film, television and the stage. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

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