Alumni Spotlight

Robert Schenkkan film nominated for six Oscars

Friday, February 10, 2017   |  The Oscars
Robert Schenkkan

The film Hacksaw Ridge, co-written by Robert Schenkkan (B.A., Drama, 1975) and directed by Mel Gibson, was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

Artina and Martin McCain 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 to celebrate Black History Month. The concert was held Feb. 11.

Will Davis nominated for Helen Hayes Award

Friday, February 10, 2017   |  Theatre Washington
Will Davis in Chicago Tribune

Will Davis (M.F.A., Directing, 2013) was recently nominated for outstanding direction of a musical for Evita at Olney Theatre Center in Maryland. The 2017 Helen Hayes Awards will be held May 15 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.  

Yebel Gallegos interviewed by Salt Lake City Weekly

Monday, February 6, 2017   |  Salt Lake City Weekly
Yebel Gallegos

Yebel Gallegos (B.F.A., Dance, 2007) spoke with Salt Lake City Weekly about being a principal dancer with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in anticipation of their performance Winter Season.

Abe Koogler’s play to open at Manhattan Theatre Club this summer

Thursday, February 2, 2017   |  Manhattan Theatre Club
Abe Koogler

Fulfillment Center, a new work from Abe Koogler (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2014) will have a world premiere in New York City this summer at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The play begins previews June 6 and opens June 20. 

James O. Welsch conducts binational youth orchestra performance

Thursday, February 2, 2017   |  Dallas Morning News
James Welsch conducts a youth orchestra

James O. Welsch (D.M.A., Musical Arts Conducting, 2016), music director for the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra, served as conductor of The Bridge, a binational performance between the El Paso orchestra and the Esperanza Azteca Symphony Orchestra of Ciudad Juarez held Jan. 28-29 in both cities. The two cities sit alongside each other on the Texas-Mexico border, and the concert was a showing of unity.

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