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In Memoriam: June Audrey Moll

After a brief illness June Moll died peacefully on Friday, October 23, 2009, at Christopher House in Austin. For several years she lived at the Summit at Northwest Hills, and then, at the Summit at Westlake Hills Healthcare Center.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Undergraduate Students Teach at Stephen F. Austin University Dance Workshop

In performance one never knows where they may find inspiration. For B.F.A. in Dance candidates, Lisa Kobdish and Mariclaire Gamble, it all started with YouTube. "We were attracted to a video where middle aged men slapped high fives and then looked towards the camera,” Kobdish said. From that video, the students collaborated to create High Five Jive, an original dance work exploring the motifs of gesturing the high five.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, an Epilogue

Two crowds gathered in the Department of Theatre and Dance's Lab Theatre last night to join over one hundred theaters around the world for an interactive premiere of Tectonic Theater Project's, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, an Epilogue.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Any Other Name is set in 1940s London and follows a desperate young poet who conspires to steal and profit from the unpublished work of another poet, now committed to an asylum.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