Pflugerville Independent School District commemorated Luis “Chico” Portillo (B.M., Music Education, 1987) by renaming the Connally High School Performing Arts Center in his honor.
The University of Texas at Austin mourns the loss of world-renowned mezzo-soprano and alumna Barbara Smith Conrad (B.M., Music Studies, 1959), whose distinguished career has touched the lives of audiences around the world. Conrad died from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease on May 22.
The Austin American-Statesman highlights the latest play by Robert Schenkkan (B.A., Drama, 1975) that will be performed at Brockett Theatre in August. “Building the Wall,” is set in West Texas two years into the future and will be directed by Brant Pope, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
A group of Art Education graduate students traveled to Guatemala to participate in community art-making as part of Easter Holy Week celebrations.
Theatre and Dance alumnus J. Quinton Johnson is currently playing "Hercules Mulligan/James Madison" in the smash-hit Hamilton on Broadway. The Austin Chronicle sat down with Johnson to discuss his role in Hamilton and his Austin roots.
Art History alumna Sammetria Goodson became an arts lawyer to stay involved with her passion for the arts and also help artists achieve their own goals.
Rafael Davila treats preparation for an understudy role as if he were going on stage. That discipline paid off last month, when the Butler Opera Center alumnus took the stage of the Metropolitan Opera with just over an hour’s notice.
If you are heading to South by Southwest this year, don’t miss these alumni, faculty and students participating in various areas of the festival.
Over three decades, Michael Gillespie has continued to paint and follow the ambitions that inspired him to study studio art.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is busy these days. The film Hacksaw Ridge, co-written by Schenkkan and directed by Mel Gibson, has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The Great Society, the follow-up to the Tony Award-winning All the Way about President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s time in the White House, is currently enjoying its Texas premiere in a production at the Zach Theatre in Austin. And Schenkkan has his hands in multiple ongoing projects, both in film and theatre. We caught up with him recently to learn more about his work and creative process.