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UT Grieves Loss of Opera Star and Alumna Barbara Smith Conrad

Monday, May 22, 2017   |  UT News
Barbara Smith Conrad gestures with her arms to a crowd

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. 

Robert Schenkkan’s latest play coming to UT

Monday, May 8, 2017   |  Austin American-Statesman
Robert Schenkkan

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.

Q&A: Playwright and Screenwriter Robert Schenkkan

Monday, February 6, 2017
Robert Schenkkan

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.

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