Wren & Shark, the nonprofit record label of Brian Cassidy (B.M., Music Studies, 2002; M.M., Music Education, 2004), released a compilation album on Jan. 20, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A Perfect Robot, a play by Sarah Saltwick (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2013), opened at The Vortex in Austin on Jan. 19 and runs through Feb. 11. It will live-stream online on Feb. 2. It is directed by Rudy Ramirez, a current Ph.D. candidate in Performance as Public Practice.
Staff Sgt. Zachary Gauvain (B.M., Music Performance, 2009) performed in the 58th U.S. Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017, as part of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Corps Band. A clarinet player, Gauvain joined the band in May 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Simmons.
Selina Rosales named artistic fellow for Second Stage Theatre
Selina Rosales (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) became the artistic fellow for Second Stage Theatre in New York City in January 2017.
Hyeyoung Song sells out Weill Recital Hall in New York City
Pianist Hyeyoung Song (D.M.A, Music, 2006) gave a sold-out concert Dec. 28, 2016, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Presented by Weatherford College, this concert served as a finale to her tour, which included stops in Europe and in her native South Korea. Since 2007, Song has been serving as Artist in Residence at Weatherford College, Texas.
Jessica Nicole Webb (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2009) has been cast as Alex Dettmer on CBS’s The Young and the Restless. Her January role on the soap opera will run for at least five episodes.
Isaac Gomez (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2013) was featured in the article “Players 2017: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago,” by Newcity Stage in Chicago.
Jelisa Jay Robinson (B.F.A., Theatre and Dance, 2014) is a finalist for the Seattle Public Theatre’s Emerald Prize. The $10,000 prize will connect a nationally recognized playwright to the Seattle area's performance community so the region's voice is heard in national conversations. The winning playwright will be announced March 4.
Gay Gaddis (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1977) was named one of the Curator Gallery’s artists of the year. Her work will be on view at the New York City gallery through Feb. 18. Photo of Gaddis's painting Sizzling Summer.
Emilio Aguilar (M.F.A., Design and Technology, 2005) has been appointed Artistic Director of Teatro Espressivo. Espressivo is one of the most important and vibrant theater companies in Costa Rica. Before this appointment, he worked as resident designer for the theater.