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M.F.A. in Design and/or Technology
Rachel Alulis is excited to be attending the University of Texas. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, completed a fellowship at Hedgerow Theatre, and then returned to her hometown of Chicago where she worked as a freelance designer. Her recent work includes the lighting design for The Other Side of the Elephant, which is a collection of original short plays by Curious writers (Curious Theatre Branch), stage managing Stefan Brün’s new translation of Bertolt Brecht’s Drumming in the Night (Prop Theatre), the assistant lighting designer for Old Times (Strawdog Theatre Company), the lighting designer for The Violence of My Affection (La Brigata Theatre Company), and the assistant lighting designer for Watership Down (Lifeline Theatre Company).
Ryan Belock is an interdisciplinary artist from Cleveland, Ohio. As an actor, musician, and director, he has worked with many friends from the Chicago area on projects ranging from a Crip Slam version of Samson Agonistes at Victory Gardens to the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. His work on and off stage has taken him across the country and the globe. Belock also contributed graphic solutions for the recent "together+" anti-xenophobic campaign in South Africa. He studied Music (Percussion Performance), Theatre, and Graphic Design at the University of Notre Dame. www.ryanbelock.com
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Hope MacRoberts Bennett is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in Costume Design at UT Austin. She earned a B.F.A. in Fibers from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, UK. Attending graduate school to pursue her love of opera, Hope designed costumes for the Butler School of Music’s premiere of Daron Aric Hagen’s New York Stories as well as the premiere of Gabriel Jason Dean’s Bacha Bazi in 2012 and is working on the UT Austin/Seattle Children’s Theatre’s premiere of Susan Zeder’s The Edge of Peace in 2013. She joined Phi Kappa Phi and assisted in the Art Department on the USA Series In Plain Sight in 2012.
Hope managed the costume shop at the 43-year old touring company American Family Theater. She also assisted at the Walnut Street Theatre on The Producers and the Curtis Institute on Mozart’s Idomeneo.
Stephanie Busing's Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) in Theatre and Art from Georgia State University has afforded her a well-rounded preliminary theatre education and opportunities to study art through drawing/painting, sculpture, graphic design, and interior design as well as design scenery for GSU’s productions of Getting Out, As You Like It, and How I Learned to Drive. Other work experience includes working as a scenic artist for Malone Design and Fabrication and as a scenic artist for Theatrical Outfit, True Colors Theater, Alliance Theater, and muralist Megan McKeithan. She is very excited now to explore the relationship between scenic art and projection as it relates to performance as a third year M.F.A. candidate in Integrated Media for Live Performance at the UT. Some of her recent projects include: Scarlet Letter (Fall '12, Payne Theatre), Bio Light (Spring '12 New Works Festival).
Andrew Carson is an M.F.A. candidate in Lighting Design. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Production Design – Lighting Design from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Notable professional designs include The Full Monty, The Spitfire Grill, Steel Magnolias, The Unexpected Guest, and The Moon Over Buffalo (in the Northeast) as well as Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Ordinary Days, Pippin, and A Chorus Line (in Atlanta). Professional Awards include the 2011 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Lighting Design in a Regional Theatre, and the 2012 The Suzi Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. carsonlighting.com
Yi-Tai Chung, originally from Taiwan, received his B.F.A. degree from Taipei National University of the Arts and is currently enrolled in the lighting design program at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been working as a freelance lighting designer, technician, and stage manager in theatre productions in Taiwan for the past five years. He specializes in mixing different lighting sources such as LED, moving, and fluorescent lighting to create a suitable atmosphere for a particular scene. As demonstrated in his portfolio, he has established his own unique way of lighting design utilizing varied sources as a creative approach. He is also currently exploring opportunities to strengthen his current design style.
Michael Krauss is a Scenic Design M.F.A. candidate, hailing from North Carolina. He received his B.A. in Theatre Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Through his teaching Technical Theatre, he discovered his love for scenic design, and was lucky enough to be given opportunities to design shows for local theatres and learn more about his craft. During his interview with The University of Texas at Austin at his URTAs in New York, it became clear that this was the place for him to continue his learning, and he is very excited to be working alongside such brilliant colleagues and learning from some distinguished professionals.
Yongmin Lee is a M.F.A. candidate in Scenic Design. He is from South Korea where he worked for several years as both an artistic director and a scenic designer for many film and theatre productions. Live performance and beautiful scenery have always fascinated him.
Patrick Lord worked as a scenic designer in Washington, D.C. for the past two years before coming to Austin. Before that, he was working in Boston, where he received his B.F.A. from Emerson College. He has been fortunate enough to spend a large amount of his life abroad, and that has instilled in him a strong desire to continue to seek out the new and inspiring. He is excited to be at University of Texas at Austin to study integrated media, and to expand and explore a new an innovative field of design. His work, and more about him, can be found on his website, www.patrickwlord.com.
Ian Loveall began his artistic endeavors at the age of five, when his parents took him to see a production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. He had no idea what a play was or what acting meant, but the experience left him in awe; he knew he wanted to do that, even if he wasn’t sure what that was.
Pursuing his love of storytelling, Ian studied painting and illustration at California State University, Fresno, where he was fortunate to have several opportunities as the scenic designer for university productions and local theatres while pursuing his degree. His mentor encouraged him to think seriously about graduate programs in scenic design, and the rest is history. After interviewing with UT Austin at URTA, he knew right away that this was the place; it was one of the easiest decisions he’d ever made and he’s thrilled to be chasing his dreams again.
Emily Robertson received her B.A. degree in theatre, with an emphasis in costume technology and design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May of 2010. After graduation, Emily spent the 2010/11 season as the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s costume intern. Emily has also had the privilege of working with Triad Stage, American Players Theatre, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Emily is thrilled to be a part of the UT community, and excited to see what the next three years will bring.
When not covered in thread and toting snips, Emily’s hobbies include everything Agatha Christie, thinking up recipes for her vegan cooking blog, as much yoga as possible, tea, and voracious reading.
Kelly Ruiz started her costuming career through cosplay in 2001. She has
been making and designing costumes ever since and moved into live
performance through her love of musical theater. She found her passion
for costume design there and graduated from the University of California,
Irvine, in 2012, with her Bachelor's in Drama and an honors in Costume
Design and Technology. She has designed and worked on many shows in the
Orange County and Los Angeles area including No Square Theater's
Lagunatics, Robert Cohen's, Waiting for Godot, Stella Adler's School
for Acting's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream, the Rogue Theater
Artist's D is for Dog, Dance at UC Irvine, and many more. Wigs and
makeup have also found there way into her eclectic life through
internships at South Coast Repertory with Jehann Gilman and produciton on
shows. She is ecstatic to join the amazing team that is UT.
David Vieira's research is focused on the application of engineering and construction principles to scenic production pedagogy. Before returning to school, he was the Assistant Technical Director at The Santa Fe Opera for three years. David has worked at Centerstage in Baltimore, LE REVE at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, NV, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He received his B.F.A. from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 2006. In addition to working in the theatre he is a recently retired rugby player and avid sports fan. He lives in Austin with his wife and his dogs.
Kristen Weller comes to the University of Texas at Austin from Minnesota, where she attended Gustavus Adolphus College and received an Honors B.A. in Theatre, emphasis Costume Design & Technology, and a minor in Music. She has had the privilege of working in the costume shops of The Guthrie, The Minnesota Opera, VEE Corporation, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, and The Santa Fe Opera. She is currently working on her thesis project, in which she is designing and constructing multi-functional, proximity-sensing, micro-computer-controlled dancewear.