Alumni Spotlight

Alison Heryer designs costumes for two shows

Friday, September 15, 2017   |  World Stage Design
Alison Heryer

Alison Heryer (M.F.A., Costume Design, 2010) is an associate professor at the School of Art + Design at Portland State University. She recently designed two shows at Portland Center Stage, a production of Cosi fan tutte at Portland Opera, and brought her work Picnic to 2017 World Stage Design in Taiwan. Her work as a costume designer includes productions at Steppenwolf, The New Victory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and ZACH Theatre (Austin).

Adam Poncio selected as Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly

Friday, September 15, 2017
Adam Poncio sitting on a stool

Adam Poncio (B.A., Drama, 1986) was selected by Texas Monthly magazine as a Super Lawyer for 2017-2018 in the area of Employment Law for the state of Texas. Poncio is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of labor and employment law and civil appellate law in the State of Texas.

Benjamin Whitcomb publishes seventh book

Friday, September 15, 2017   |  Benjamin Whitcomb
Benjamin Whitcomb

Benjamin Whitcomb (M.M. 1994, Ph.D. 1999), professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, recently published his seventh book, A Compendium of Chords for the Cello, through AuthorHouse. His previous books are now published through Wingert-Jones. Whitcomb also had a paper recently accepted for the national conference of the American String Teachers Association. This will be his 16th consecutive year to present a paper at this conference.

Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg’s political satire variety show returns for second year

Monday, August 21, 2017   |  The Institution Theater
A headshot of Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg

Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg (B.A., Dance, 1998) created and is directing, producing, hosting and writing for “Over the Lege,” a live political satire comedy variety show about the Texas Legislature that returns this September to the Institution Theater. The musical, sketch and improv show is in its second year.

Alan E. Hicks joins University of Houston opera faculty

Friday, August 11, 2017

Alan E. Hicks (D.M.A., Vocal Arts, 2009) has joined the faculty of the University of Houston's Moores Opera Center as assistant professor and associate producer.

Jonas Criscoe’s work featured in exhibition at GrayDuck Gallery

Wednesday, August 2, 2017   |  The Contemporary Austin
Geometric shapes made of newsprint

Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2006) has work featured in the Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group Exhibition at GrayDuck Gallery. This group exhibition highlights work by eight compelling local artists who participated in the museum’s seven-month-long Crit Group program. It is on view through Sept. 3.

Robert Di Donato to perform with People’s Improv Theater of New York

Friday, July 28, 2017   |  The PIT Theater
a portrait of robert didonato wearing a clown nose

Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) will perform as a member of the clown ensemble for one night at the People’s Improv Theater of New York (The PIT Theater) as part of his clown training with Christopher Bayes, head of physical theatre at Yale School of Drama.

Lilly Lane Stafford stars as lead in Austin production of ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’

Friday, July 28, 2017
Lilly Lane Stafford stands on a stage at a microphone dressed as Patsy Cline.

Lilly Lane Stafford (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2017) starred as Patsy Cline in a TexARTS productions of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline from July 14-30.

Lucy Amen Warner publishes first children’s book

Friday, July 14, 2017   |  Spring Promise Productions
Lucy Amen Warner holds a copy of her children's book while sitting at a piano

Lucy Amen Warner (B.M., Music and Human Learning, 1975), Music Department chair at The Browning School in New York City, has just completed her first children's book Zap! Boom! Pow! Superheroes of Music. This new book for boys and girls ages 5-11, presents 12 famous composers as superheroes. It combines facts, a fun "superhero" element relating to each composer's life and music, and colorful illustrations. Published in December 2016, it has already reached thousands of children in public and private schools, homes and libraries.

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