Alumni Spotlight

Marya Spont-Lemus co-leads teen art exhibition with University of Chicago

Thursday, June 1, 2017   |  University of Chicago
An outdoor shot of an art exhibition opening in Chicago

Marya Spont-Lemus (M.A., Art Education, 2010) co-led the Arts + Public Life’s Teen Arts Council for the 2016-17 school year, taking students through the process of developing a teen-curated exhibition of teen art for a University of Chicago gallery. Photo by Jean Lachat.

Luis Rodriguez appointed assistant conductor for Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez (B.M., Applied Music/Performance, 2010) has been appointed the assistant conductor for Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony as of January 2016. He also is the new music director for Camerata Dallas Youth orchestra as of April 2017. Photo by Michał Dembiński.

Four alumni form Flat Tire Theatre Company in Los Angeles

Thursday, May 18, 2017   |  Hollywood Fringe Festival

Martin Rodriguez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2015), Amanda Lloyd (B.A., Theatre Studies, 2014), Sarah Marcum (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2014) and Shae Tomlinson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) formed Flat Tire Theatre Company in Los Angeles. They will perform in their second Hollywood Fringe Festival this year with a show titled CringeFest: An Uncomfortable Anthology. The company also includes alumni Rebecca Walach (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015), Rocket Thrall (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015), Hannah Holub (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Lauren Beausoleil (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Ian Price (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Lindsay Kelly (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) and Rachel Nursey (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016).

Will Davis discusses first season with American Theatre company in Chicago

Thursday, May 18, 2017   |  American Theatre
Will Davis holds papers while directing

Will Davis (M.F.A., Directing, 2013), artistic director of American Theatre Company in Chicago discusses with American Theatre his process and planning his first season in his new role that includes work that reckons with race, gender, culture and controversy.

Talleri McRae recognized by American Theatre’s Roll Call

Thursday, May 18, 2017   |  American Theatre
A portrait of Talleri McRae

Talleri McRae (M.F.A., Theatre, 2010) was recognized in American Theatre's Roll Call. She is currently a teaching artist and access/inclusion consultant whose work focuses on fostering the creativity and passion of the disability rights movement and developing meaningful theatre for young audiences.

Christopher Diaz featured singer in Hancock College’s "Folklórico!"

Monday, May 15, 2017   |  Santa Maria Times
A portrait of Chris Diaz

Christopher Diaz (M.M., Music and Human Learning, 2012) was a featured singer in "Folklórico!," the annual collaborative production sponsored by Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. Diaz is a newly appointed professor in the college’s music program.

Naomi Boyd named endowed professor at West Virginia University

Monday, May 15, 2017   |  West Virginia University
A portrait of Naomi Boyd

Naomi Boyd (B.F.A., Dance, 1999) was named an endowed professor at West Virginia University. She is currently the department chair for the Department of Finance and an associate producer in the College of Business and Economics. She is also the founding director for the new Center for Financial Literacy and Education which houses many programs in wealth management, banking and insurance, as well as research opportunities and support for faculty projects to further the center.