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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).
Katie Aylward is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in fashion design. She is in her third year as an M.F.A. candidate in costume design at UT. Katie's previous work at UT include Oblivion's Ink, choreographed by David Justin. Katie's current work includes The Cataract, directed by Will Davis.
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
Hope MacRoberts Bennett is a second-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 second year M.F.A. candidate in Integrated Media for Live Performance at the UT. Some of this year's projects include: Scarlet Letter (Fall '12, Payne Theatre), Bio Light (Spring '12 New Works Festival).
Yao Chen is the third year M.F.A. candidate in Costume Design of UT Austin. She is originally from Shanghai, China. Her recent credits include winning an Austin Critical Table Award 2012 for Outstanding Costume Design of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and co-author of Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. She has always been interested in the inter-disciplinary areas of fine art, story and apparel. Her passion in these areas led her to work in many costume departments in theater, fashion, costume history and market & merchandising areas. She is now focusing on an adaptation of the classic novel, The Scarlet Letter.
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 BA 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, The Santa Fe Opera, and MHD Couture. She also enjoys designing costumes for dance, and has worked with her alma mater on several projects, including their sesquicentennial site-specific piece with choreographer Stephan Koplowitz. She is honored to be working with the incredible artists of the UT Theatre and Dance Department and is looking forward to the next three years of learning.
Chris H. Yoo is from Seoul, South Korea. Her interests are on scene design, production design, and installation art. Her recent design works include the set design of 360 (round dance) and Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) at the University of Texas at Austin, Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Fully Committed at ZACH Theatre, and production design assistant for the short film Black Metal directed by Cat Candler.