Feature Stories

Butler School alumni to perform in Black Composers Concert

Friday, February 10, 2017   |  The Daily Texan
Artina and Martin McCain pose back to back

Artina McCain (D.M.A. 2011) and Martin McCain (M.M. 2006, D.M.A. 2008) were chosen to perform in the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Black Composers Concert, as part of celebrating Black History Month. The married couple spoke with The Daily Texan about this year’s concert theme and their musical inspiration.

Q&A: Playwright and Screenwriter Robert Schenkkan

Monday, February 6, 2017
Robert Schenkkan

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is busy these days. The film Hacksaw Ridge, co-written by Schenkkan and directed by Mel Gibson, has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The Great Society, the follow-up to the Tony Award-winning All the Way about President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s time in the White House, is currently enjoying its Texas premiere in a production at the Zach Theatre in Austin. And Schenkkan has his hands in multiple ongoing projects, both in film and theatre. We caught up with him recently to learn more about his work and creative process.

Putting a visual mind to work in medical school

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
a portrait of Woody Green

Studio art alumnus Woody Green discusses the journey that led him from sculpture to earning a place in the inaugural class of University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School. Now he uses his creativity and visual thought process to prepare for a career as a doctor. 

Theatre alum joins "Hamilton" cast in Broadway debut

Thursday, December 15, 2016
J. Quinton Johnson stars as "Benny" in "In the Heights" in 2014 in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Photo by Lawrence Peart.

J. Quinton Johnson, a former student in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been cast in the role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning smash hit Hamilton.

Vanessa Paumen discusses her work as a curator at Belgium museum

Tuesday, November 22, 2016   |  Department of Art and Art History
Vanessa Paumen

Vanessa Paumen (B.A., Art History, 1997) is a curator at the Groeningemuseum in Belgium. She recently answered questions about her work, her interest in the subject of law and justice and the advice she has for students interested in becoming curators.

Theatre Alumnus finds longevity designing sets for NCIS

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
James Walters poses for a photo next to Mark Harmon

James Walters has spent nearly 40 years working in set design in Los Angeles. For the past decade, he’s enjoyed the stability of working on NCIS—a popular crime drama in its 14th season.

Art History alumnus appointed international art curator at Tate in London

Monday, October 31, 2016   |  Tate
Michael Wellen sits in front of a floral wall

Michael Wellen (M.A. 2005; Ph.D., Art History, 2012) was appointed as the curator of international art at the Tate Modern in London, where he will focus on further developing the Latin American art representation in the Tate’s collection and exhibition program.

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