Rafael Davila treats preparation for an understudy role as if he were going on stage. That discipline paid off last month, when the Butler Opera Center alumnus took the stage of the Metropolitan Opera with just over an hour’s notice.
If you are heading to South by Southwest this year, don’t miss these alumni, faculty and students participating in various areas of the festival.
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.
Over three decades, Michael Gillespie has continued to paint and follow the ambitions that inspired him to study studio art.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.