Stage technology has changed the way theatre is made. So who’s training the new makers? American Theatre points to UT Austin and the work led by Professor Charles Otte.
College of Fine Arts News
Congratulations to the Department of Theatre and Dance productions, students, faculty, alumni and friends named as top picks of 2013 in The Austin Chronicle’s annual list of standout performances.
Tony Award-Winning Duo Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s new project, a subversive zombie musical was commissioned by True Love Productions. Kotis, Hollmann, and director Sean Daniels tapped into the talents of University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Lyn Koenning and Natasha Davison and their students to workshop the musical this fall.
Joseph V. Williams II, classical guitarist and composer, is the 2013-2014 Composer in Residence for the Austin Classical Guitar Society
As the 2013-2014 Composer in Residence at the Austin Classical Guitar Society, Williams is involved in everything the society does, from creating learning modules for students to writing new musical pieces for ensembles and groups. He is a UT alumnus (DMA '13).
Emily Ballew Neff, a distinguished curator of American art and the art of the American West, and the founding Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be appointed Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, pending approval by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.
A new exhibition at the Whitney takes a look at performance art’s beginnings and includes works by Art and Art History Professor Michael Smith. Check out the slide show.
The University of Texas' College of Fine Arts has appointed Bruce Pennycook as director of the digital arts program that will include courses in art, art history, dance and music. Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said the new program is being created to address the blurring of artistic disciplines using different multimedia technologies.
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $504,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a curatorial fellowship program to help train future museum curators. In collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts, the Blanton will pilot an innovative and rigorous program for art history doctoral students.
James Turrell unveiled his newest Skyspace at the University of Texas at Austin. It was financed through a percent-for-art policy, which direct a small percentage, typically 1 percent, of the budgets of campus construction projects to public art. Such policies are becoming increasingly common at Texas public universities, and campus leaders say they contribute to the vibrancy of their institutions.
As staged by UT, this drama of convicts making theatre in colonial Australia is fascinating to watch.