Alumni Spotlight

Kimberly Belflower's "Lost Girl" Performed by the Professional Training Institute Company

Wednesday, June 27, 2018   |  The Milwaukee Rep
Lost Girl musical logo

Kimberly Belflower's (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2017) show "Lost Girl," which follows Wendy Darling's coming-of-age story after her return from Peter Pan's Neverland, will be performed at the Stiemke Studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by the 2017-2018 Professional Training Institute company, an advanced actor training program for students in 9th-12th grade. 

Matrex Kilgore Directs New Work at Ground Floor Theatre

Monday, June 18, 2018   |  Broadway World
Matrex Kilgore

Matrex Kilgore (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) directs 'A' (What the Black Girl Found While Searching for God), written and performed by Taji Senior and heading to Ground Floor Theatre in July. Inspired by George Bernard Shaw's The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search For God, 'A' is the story of a person, searching inside and outside of herself to find her place in the world. That search is filtered through a lens of black girlhood. 'A' hopes to ask and answer the question: Who has the right to self-creation?

Suzanne Ramo Joins Texas State University As Assistant Professor of Voice

Tuesday, June 5, 2018   |  Texas State University
Suzanne Ramo

Suzanne Ramo (D.M.A., Performance, 2013) joins the Texas State University in the fall of 2018 as Assistant Professor of Voice. Previously she was Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Workshop at West Texas A&M University, where she led the opera workshop to their first national award in the National Opera Association's opera production competition with her production of Menotti’s "The Medium." She also recently performed the role of Violetta in Verdi’s "La Traviata" with Amarillo Opera, available for viewing on (photo by Kristin Hoebermann)

Hai Zheng Olefsky Honored by Austin Mayor for Community Work

Wednesday, May 16, 2018   |  Southwestern University
Hai Zheng with her cello and accompanied by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and city council member

Hai Zheng Olefsky (M.M., Applied Music/Voice/Piano, 1990), assistant professor of music at Southwestern University, was honored by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council with a special proclamation on Thursday, May 10, 2018 for her 18 years of community work as Artistic Director for the Young Musicians Festival Competition at the Asian American Cultural Center.

Robert Skiles Inducted Into Austin Jazz Hall of Fame

Wednesday, May 16, 2018   |  Austin Jazz Society
Ben Skiles

Robert “Beto” Skiles (M.M., Composition, 1977) was inducted into the Austin Jazz Hall of Fame in April. His band, “Beto and the Fairlanes” were inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in February.

Sean Tecson Joins the Roundabout Theatre Company

Friday, May 4, 2018   |  Roundabout Theatre
Sean Tecson

Sean Tecson (B.A., Directing, 2015) has been named Education Data and Professional Development Coordinator at Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City.  (Photo by Enrique Cavazos)