Alumni Spotlight

Performance as Public Practice Alumni and Faculty Shine at Dance Studies Association Conference

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Group of faculty and alumni surrounding a table

The Department of Theatre and Dance's Performance as Public Practice program featured an unprecedented number of alumni, faculty and current students presenting at the Dance Studies Association's (DSA) fall conference, “Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance.” Newly formed, DSA represents a merger of the Society of Dance History Scholars and the Congress on Research in Dance. Dr. Rebecca Rossen is currently the Editor of Studies in Dance History, the book series produced by the organization in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Press. Alumna Clare Croft (Ph.D. 2010) will be taking over this leadership role when Dr. Rossen finishes her term.

Photo (L to R): Dr. Clare Croft (Ph.D., 2010, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan), Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez (faculty), Dr. Rebecca Rossen (faculty), Dr. Angela Ahlgren (Ph.D. 2011, Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State), Meg Brooker (M.F.A. 2009, Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee University), Christine Gwillim (Ph.D. student), Brianna Figueroa (Ph.D. student), Priya Raman (Ph.D. student). Not pictured, but present at the conference, Dr. Chuyun Oh (PhD 2015, Assistant Professor at San Diego State).

Alumna Joins Cleveland Public Theatre as New Play Associate

Tuesday, October 10, 2017   |  Cleveland Public Theatre
Andrew Valdez wearing a bright blue shirt

Andrew Aaron Valdez (B.F.A. in Theatre Studies, 2017) has joined the Cleveland Public Theater as the New Play Associate. Valdez is a director, playwright, educator, actor and arts administrator from Donna, Texas. His work is centered on highlighting underrepresented communities and immersive theater set in unconventional spaces.

Kathryn St. Clair Presents Work at Art Works Downtown

Thursday, January 11, 2018   |  Art Works Downtown
Kathryn St. Clair's artwork, depicting a nature scene including a stream with trees and mountains. The colors are soft yellows, purples, grays, blues and pinks

Kathryn St. Clair (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1993) has been selected to show work in "Color Emotion," an upcoming group exhibition, Jan. 12 - Feb. 23, that examines the relationship between color and emotion.

The Murdered Women of Juárez Find a Voice Onstage

Thursday, January 11, 2018   |  The Austin Chronicle
woman with hand across her mouth

Isaac Gomez's (B.A. in Theatre and Dance, 2013) one-woman show The Way She Spoke: A Docu-Mythology, starring Karen Rodriguez (B.A. in Theatre and Dance, 2013) and directed by Rudy Ramirez (M.A. 2012), runs January 11-20 at Austin's Vortex.

Gabrielle Reisman Awarded Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission

Wednesday, January 10, 2018   |  American Theatre
Gabrielle Reisman holding a shovel

Reisman (M.F.A. in Playwriting, 2013) shares the top prize with fellow playwright Angela Hanks, and will receive two years of developmental support for her work in addition to a monetary award.

Leah Dyjak accepts position at Winthrop University

Tuesday, December 19, 2017   |  Winthrop University
An image of artist Leah Dyjak

Leah Dyjak (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2015) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Video and Photography at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Dyjak’s work combines performance, labor, film and photography, and is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA.    

Roja Najafi named curator of Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Thursday, November 30, 2017   |  Art Daily
Roja Najafi stands in front of a work of art

Roja Najafi (Ph.D., Art History, 2016) was announced curator of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. She will curate the spring exhibition, The New Art: A Controversial Collection 50 Years Later.

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