Alumni Spotlight

Alan E. Hicks joins University of Houston opera faculty

Friday, August 11, 2017

Alan E. Hicks (D.M.A., Vocal Arts, 2009) has joined the faculty of the University of Houston's Moores Opera Center as assistant professor and associate producer.

Jonas Criscoe’s work featured in exhibition at GrayDuck Gallery

Wednesday, August 2, 2017   |  The Contemporary Austin
Geometric shapes made of newsprint

Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2006) has work featured in the Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group Exhibition at GrayDuck Gallery. This group exhibition highlights work by eight compelling local artists who participated in the museum’s seven-month-long Crit Group program. It is on view through Sept. 3.

Robert Di Donato to perform with People’s Improv Theater of New York

Friday, July 28, 2017   |  The PIT Theater
a portrait of robert didonato wearing a clown nose

Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) will perform as a member of the clown ensemble for one night at the People’s Improv Theater of New York (The PIT Theater) as part of his clown training with Christopher Bayes, head of physical theatre at Yale School of Drama.

Lilly Lane Stafford stars as lead in Austin production of ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’

Friday, July 28, 2017
Lilly Lane Stafford stands on a stage at a microphone dressed as Patsy Cline.

Lilly Lane Stafford (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2017) starred as Patsy Cline in a TexARTS productions of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline from July 14-30.

Lucy Amen Warner publishes first children’s book

Friday, July 14, 2017   |  Spring Promise Productions
Lucy Amen Warner holds a copy of her children's book while sitting at a piano

Lucy Amen Warner (B.M., Music and Human Learning, 1975), Music Department chair at The Browning School in New York City, has just completed her first children's book Zap! Boom! Pow! Superheroes of Music. This new book for boys and girls ages 5-11, presents 12 famous composers as superheroes. It combines facts, a fun "superhero" element relating to each composer's life and music, and colorful illustrations. Published in December 2016, it has already reached thousands of children in public and private schools, homes and libraries.

Dan Kurland to join music staff of Germany’s Theater Hagen

Friday, July 14, 2017   |  Dan K Kurland

Dan Kurland (B.M., Music Performance, 2010) graduated in May with a D.M.A. in collaborative piano studies from The Juilliard School and will join the music staff of Theater Hagen in Hagen, Germany, in August. Over the summer, he will perform at the Aspen Music Festival and with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program.

Henry Smith selected as MASS Gallery Hotbox Resident Artist

Friday, July 14, 2017
Henry Smith works on shoes as part of an art exhibition.

Henry Smith (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2017) was named one of MASS Gallery's Hotbox resident artists, Aug. 7 to Sept. 9. The program features a series of multimedia installations and performances.