Alumni Spotlight

Kathryn St. Clair commissioned by U.S. Forest Service for piece in permanent collection

Friday, December 16, 2016   |  Artiszen
Kathryn St. Clair painting of a river

United States Forest Service commissioned a painting from Kathryn St. Clair (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1993) to be a part of Forest Service Permanent Art Collection. Her commissioned painting, along with several other of her pieces, was included in the exhibition, Wild Places in Urban Spaces, in fall 2016 in Vallejo, California. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Bill Green performed with The Drilling Company Shakespeare in New York City

Friday, December 16, 2016
Bill Green

Bill Green (B.F.A., Drama, 1950) performed roles of Friar in Much Ado About Nothing and Adam in As You Like It in The Drilling Company Shakespeare productions in Bryant Park in New York City in the summer 2016.

Robert Fahey performs in Florida production of ‘La Cage Aux Folles’

Friday, December 16, 2016
Bob Fahey

Robert Fahey (B.F.A., Drama, 1961) appeared last spring in a production of La Cage Aux Folles at The Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota, Florida. After 29 years in theatre and product development in New York City, Robert moved to Sarasota in 1990 and into restaurant management and marketing. Nine years ago he returned to "the boards."

Melinda Wright hired as music venue manager at University at the Incarnate Word

Friday, December 16, 2016

Melinda Wright (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2015) recently started her position as the music venue manager at the University of the Incarnate Word. This new position was created to help with the management of the new Luella Bennack Music Center.

J. Quinton Johnson joins the cast of ‘Hamilton’

Friday, December 16, 2016   |  College of Fine Arts
J. Quinton Johnson stars as "Benny" in "In the Heights" in 2014 in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Photo by Lawrence Peart.

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. He will debut on stage on Jan. 6, following the departure of original cast member Okieriete Onaodowan.

Allison Ebling joins ‘The Bodyguard’ as head of audio

Friday, December 16, 2016

After completing an international tour of Annie in Southeast Asia, Allison Ebling (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2011) is joining the first national tour of The Bodyguard as head of audio. The production, after its U.S. premiere at New Jersey’s The Paper Mill Playhouse, will begin the tour in January and play cities including Memphis, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston.

Robert Schenkkan’s film nominated for three Golden Globe Awards

Friday, December 16, 2016
Robert Schenkkan stands on a mountain top

Robert Schenkkan’s (B.A., Drama, 1975) movie for HBO, All The Way, was nominated for Critic Choice Best Movie Made for TV and Best Actor in a Movie made for TV. Bryan Cranston was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Made for TV Movie.

Robert Schenkkan’s latest film nominated for three Golden Globe Awards

Friday, December 16, 2016
Robert Schenkkan stands on a mountain top

Robert Schenkkan’s (B.A., Drama, 1975) latest film, Hacksaw Ridge, has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor). Schenkkan co-wrote the screenplay. It was listed by AFI’s “Top Ten Movies of the Year.” It also won Critic Choice Awards for Best Action Movie, Best Actor in an Action Movie, and was nominated for Best Picture, Actor, Director, Hair and Makeup.

Garrett Keast leads performances in San Antonio, Aspen

Tuesday, December 6, 2016   |  The Craig Urquhart
Garrett Keast

In July and October 2016, Garrett Keast (B.M., Music Studies, 1995) led enthusiastically received performances of Carmen at Opera San Antonio and La Bohème at the Aspen Music Festival. His season continues with performances with the Danish National Opera, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Göttinger Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Ballet and the debut concerts of the NDR Jugendsinfonieorchester in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie.