For Isaac Gomez, theatre is not merely entertainment, it’s a life-changing event. Gomez, who recently won a George H. Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence is a double major in theatre and dance and journalism.
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Dr. Michael Thomas, codirector of the Oplontis Project leads a team that discovered a wine "ngociant" outside Pompeii.
Dr. Michael Thomas, codirector of the Oplontis Project near Pompeii and director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin leads a team that discovered a wine "négociant" outside Pompeii. He and his team have been freshly appraising two Oplontis villas, mostly excavated in the 1970s and '80s but never fully studied.
William Craver, BFA in Drama 1952, MFA in Drama 1956 will receive a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre.
Congratulations to William Craver, who will receive a Tony Honor on June 9. He has worked on more than 50 Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. He has been Associate Producer of a CBS-TV mini-series, a feature film released by Columbia Pictures and co-Producer of a Movie of the week for CBS.
Turk Pipkin to Keynote the College of Fine Arts Commencement Ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin Spring 2013
Writer, actor and filmmaker Turk Pipkin will be the speaker for the COFA Spring Commencement held in Bass Concert Hall on May 17, 2013.
"Turk Pipkin is an inspiring example of a successful artist who has shown the energy and creativity to give back in socially conscientious ways. He's a fine example of what COFA would aspire to for our graduates of 2013 and beyond," said Douglas Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
Pipkin is a co-founder of the global education nonprofit The Nobelity Project and the director of three feature documentaries about global problems and solutions - Nobelity, One Peace at a Time and Building Hope. A SXSW Audience Award winner, Building Hope tells the story of the Nobelity Project's partnership with a rural Kenyan community to build the area's first high school. In addition to his work on film for The Nobelity Project, Turk also oversees the nonprofit's partner projects in Kenya, Nepal, Honduras and the U.S., and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Skoll World Forum of Social Entrepreneurs.
Turk is also the author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, including the NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, co-authored with Willie Nelson. The film version of his novel When Angels Sing, starring Harry Connick, Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Connie Britton, had a world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Fest. Turk's work as an actor includes The Alamo, Friday Night Lights, Waiting for Guffman and a recurring role in HBO's The Sopranos.
“Three generations on each side of our family dating back to the 1930's attended UT,” said Pipkin. “They went on to become doctors, professors, lawyers, investment bankers, artists and filmmakers - we've spanned it all. Nowourdaughter Katie Rose Pipkin is graduating with a BFA from the College of Fine Arts this year and our daughter Lily who is enrolled to begin Plan II next fall.”
Past COFA commencement speakers have included UT alumni Barbara Smith Conrad, celebrated MET opera singer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and producer Elliott Forrest.
The World Premiere of MAD BEAT HIP & GONE at Zach Theatre - written and directed by Steven Dietz, Theatre & Dance's playwriting professor
MAD BEAT HIP & GONE opens April 3 at Zach Theatre, written and directed by Steven Dietz, the most-produced playwright in America and playwriting professor from Theatre and Dance. The work was co-commissioned by the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts.
The Playwright's Horizon 2013-2014 season includes “Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra,” a new play by Theatre & Dance resident playwright and director Kirk Lynn (Rude Mechs).
Steven Dietz’s Rancho Mirage will receive four productions through the National New Play Network's Continued Life of New Plays Fund in the 2013/14 season.
COFA alumn Don Bacigalupi took on one of the biggest gambles the art world has ever seenand made it look easy
Don Bacigalupi, MA ’85, PhD ’93 (Art History), joined Crystal Bridges as executive director. It is the biggest new museum of American art in more than 50 years built in Bentonville, Arkansas by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton. He now serves in the newly created position of president and was appointed to Crystal Bridges Board of Directors.
Landmarks,The Public Art Program of The University of Texas at Austin announces that "Circle With Towers” and “Wall Drawing #520” by Sol LeWitt will be officially dedicated March 21, one of several events to mark the opening of the new Dell Computer Science Hall and Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Center.
Texas’ Arts and Culture Industry plays a major role in the state’s overall economy. The nearly 10,000 Arts and Culture Industry businesses located throughout Texas employ over 110,000 workers.