The Iroquois Steeplechase selected Hollie Berry (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2009) to create its official painting for the 75th anniversary, Endurance, which reflects the iconic race and will be available for purchase in the nonprofit’s annual online auction. The painting will be reproduced in posters commemorating the event as well as on the covers of the race day programs in the hands of the approximately 25,000 annual attendees. Endurance, as well as other steeplechasing inspired paintings, will be on display at the Williamson County Archives in Franklin, Tennessee from May 6-14.
Kyle Kennedy (M.F.A., Drama, 1993) was recently named Head of Acting at Middle Tennessee State University where he serves on the acting area advisory board for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. His students have gone on to work in major theatrical venues across the country. Kennedy was recently seen as "Serebrayakov" in MTSU's production of Uncle Vanya. He continues to act regionally and is a frequent company member at Cortland Repertory Theatre in Upstate New York.
Leah Dyjak (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2015) will present the solo exhibition Coastliners at Pump Project in Austin from April 29 through May 14.
Wayne Ching (B.M. 2013, M.M., Keyboard, 2015) will join the Cactus Pear Music Festival's 20th season as a festival artist, performing chamber music concerts across south Texas this summer.
David Waddell named to leadership in Houston performing arts school
David Waddell (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2003) has been named the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. He recently had a video installation at the Silos in Houston and a solo show at Box13.
Texas State Historical Association released Bruce Shackelford's (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1975) latest book The Wests of Texas- Cattle Ranching Entrepreneurs in May 2015. He will start his 21st season with PBS’ Antiques Roadshow in June.
Jared Oberholtzer assistant stage manager in multiple productions
Jared Oberholtzer (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2010) is currently the assistant stage manager on Signature Plays at the Signature Theatre, an event in celebration of the theater's 25th anniversary. One-act plays by Edward Albee, María Irene Fornés, and Adrienne Kennedy will be performed each night. He’s also the assistant stage manager on Richard Nelson's new play cycle The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, which will be completed at the Public Theater this fall, then performed at the Kennedy Center in spring 2017.
Natasha Gorel acted in touring children’s play
Natasha Gorel (B.A., Acting, 2014) just closed Oskar and the Curiously Colorful Clash, a touring play for theater for young audiences with The Alley Theatre's Education department in Houston, where she used the power of theater to advocate for diversity and acceptance for elementary school students.
Stefan Sanders (M.M. 2010, D.M.A., Conducting, 2013) is one of five featured conductors chosen from a pool of nearly 150 applicants from 18 countries, selected for their experience, talent, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras. On May 11, they will lead the Nashville Symphony for an audience of music director search committee members, artistic administrators, and artist managers from League member organizations across the country.
Martin Rodriguez joins Los Angeles school district as drama teacher
Martin Rodriguez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2015) was recently hired by Los Angeles Unified School District as head drama teacher at newly founded charter high school, Hawkins High School to create and develop their drama/theatre program. He is now certified and holds a teaching credential in English and Theatre Arts in California to go along with his Texas credentials.