Alumni Spotlight

Alumnae-formed Heartland Theatre Collective nominated for B. Iden Payne Award

Thursday, September 28, 2017   |  B. Iden Payne Awards

The Heartland Theatre Collective, founded by alumnae Marian Kansas (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) and Nicole Oglesby (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award. Allison Wojtowecz (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2017) was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Drama for her performance as June in the Heartland Theatre Collective's first production, Dust, which premiered October 2016.

David Crespy publishes book on Playwright Ladford Wilson

Friday, September 15, 2017
David Crespy's book cover

David Crespy (M.F.A., Playwriting, 1986) published a new book, Ladford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems. The book features a selection of early work from Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

Briana Bower receives distinguished thesis award from American Alliance for Theatre and Education

Friday, September 15, 2017

Briana Bower (M.F.A., Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, 2016) received the Distinguished Thesis Award for her M.F.A. thesis “This Object Holds: Exploring Adolescent Identity Through Object-Based Performance” from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE).

Cheng-Wei Teng receives lighting award at 2017 World Stage Design in Taiwan

Friday, September 15, 2017   |  World Stage Design

Cheng-Wei Teng (M.F.A., Lighting Design, 2012) received the Gold Medal for Professional Lighting at the 2017 World Stage Design in Taiwan for his work Serenade. A freelance designer based in Taipei, Taiwan, Teng’s work includes One Hundred Years of Solitude by Shakespeare Wild Sisters Group, Queen Xiao-zhuang and Dorgon by GaoGuang Opera Company and Mulan the Musical by Tainanier Ensemble.

Alison Heryer designs costumes for two shows

Friday, September 15, 2017   |  World Stage Design
Alison Heryer

Alison Heryer (M.F.A., Costume Design, 2010) is an associate professor at the School of Art + Design at Portland State University. She recently designed two shows at Portland Center Stage, a production of Cosi fan tutte at Portland Opera, and brought her work Picnic to 2017 World Stage Design in Taiwan. Her work as a costume designer includes productions at Steppenwolf, The New Victory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and ZACH Theatre (Austin).

Adam Poncio selected as Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly

Friday, September 15, 2017
Adam Poncio sitting on a stool

Adam Poncio (B.A., Drama, 1986) was selected by Texas Monthly magazine as a Super Lawyer for 2017-2018 in the area of Employment Law for the state of Texas. Poncio is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of labor and employment law and civil appellate law in the State of Texas.

Benjamin Whitcomb publishes seventh book

Friday, September 15, 2017   |  Benjamin Whitcomb
Benjamin Whitcomb

Benjamin Whitcomb (M.M. 1994, Ph.D. 1999), professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, recently published his seventh book, A Compendium of Chords for the Cello, through AuthorHouse. His previous books are now published through Wingert-Jones. Whitcomb also had a paper recently accepted for the national conference of the American String Teachers Association. This will be his 16th consecutive year to present a paper at this conference.

Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg’s political satire variety show returns for second year

Monday, August 21, 2017   |  The Institution Theater
A headshot of Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg

Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg (B.A., Dance, 1998) created and is directing, producing, hosting and writing for “Over the Lege,” a live political satire comedy variety show about the Texas Legislature that returns this September to the Institution Theater. The musical, sketch and improv show is in its second year.