Alumni Spotlight

Wesley Schulz Appointed Associate Conductor of North Carolina Symphony

Friday, July 14, 2017
A portrait of Wesley Schulz

Wesley Schulz (M.M. 2008; D.M.A., Conducting, 2010) has been appointed associate conductor of the North Carolina Symphony.

Andrew Sigler Appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee

Friday, July 14, 2017
A portrait of Andrew Sigler

Andrew Sigler (D.M.A., Composition, 2014) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music Composition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Sigler served as Lecturer of Music Composition at Tennessee for three years prior to this appointment.

Madilynn Garcia selected for Rising Leader of Color theatre program

Monday, July 10, 2017   |  Broadway World

Department of Theatre and Dance alumna Madilynn Garcia was selected to participate in Rising Leader of Color, a program sponsored by Theatre Communications Group. The honor includes year-long curriculum designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities.

Carson Kreitzer named a MacDowell and Guggenheim Fellow

Thursday, June 29, 2017
A portrait of Carson Kreitzer

Carson Kreitzer (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2006) is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow. Her musical LEMPICKA will have a workshop at Williamstown Theater Festival in August.

Jacqueline Hinton to perform in French arts festival

Monday, June 26, 2017   |  Anais Dance Opera

Jacqueline Hinton (B.F.A., Dance, 2001) will perform in the production Anaïs, A Dance Opera in Avignon, France on July 7-30, as part of the L’Off Festival. This production will be one of the few American groups presenting. The opera will also have performances Sept. 8-9 at The New Vic Theatre in Santa Barbara and Sept. 28 at The Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University in California.


Abe Koogler’s work reviewed by the New York Times

Monday, June 26, 2017   |  New York Times
Abe Koogler

Abe Koogler’s (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2014) latest play, Fulfillment Center, was reviewed by the New York Times, which described it as “finding poetry in missed connections.” The play runs off-Broadway through July 9.

Oliva Bransom opens tattoo studio

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
A tattoo parlor with art on the walls.

Oliva Bransom (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2012) recently opened Astral View Studios, a tattoo shop in Marble Falls. Her original artwork is on display in the shop, and she is the lead artist and owner.

Brian Kettler’s play part of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, includes several alumni

Monday, June 19, 2017   |  Poor Boys' Chorus
Promotional poster for the play Poor Boys Chorus

Poor Boys’ Chorus by Brian Kettler (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2015) is one of 20 plays selected from more than 200 submissions to be a part of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival’s inaugural season in New York City this August. Poor Boys’ Chorus was developed and produced while Kettler was pursuing his master’s degree at UT Austin. The 2017 production in New York City is a bi-coastal collaboration between the Portland-based playwright and NYC-based theatre arts administrators Sara Robillard (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) as co-producer and Sean Tecson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) as co-producer and director. Other Longhorn collaborators include Kevin Hippler (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) and Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), who completed clown training under Christopher Bayes, head of physical acting at Yale School of Drama, for the role.

Catherine Ann Jones preforming in recently published play

Monday, June 19, 2017   |  Way of Story

A former actor in New York on Broadway and off-Broadway, Catherine Ann Jones (B.F.A., Drama, 1965) is currently performing her 12th play, Freud's Oracle, a one-woman play set in Vienna and London in 1933. Freud's Oracle has been produced in Santa Barbara, New Orleans, and Santa Fe among other venues and was recently published. Jones continues to teach at the Esalen and Omega Institutes, Santa Barbara Writers Conference and abroad.

James Sclater honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for music composition

Monday, June 19, 2017   |  Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters
A portrait of James Sclater

James Sclater (D.M.A., Music Studies, 1970) won the 2017 Classical Music Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for his song cycle Carmine Natura Creaturae. These juried awards are given each year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual arts, classical music composition and popular music composition. Photo by Judy Sclater.