Alumni Spotlight

Oliva Bransom opens tattoo studio

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
A tattoo parlor with art on the walls.

Oliva Bransom (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2012) recently opened Astral View Studios, a tattoo shop in Marble Falls. Her original artwork is on display in the shop, and she is the lead artist and owner.

Brian Kettler’s play part of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, includes several alumni

Monday, June 19, 2017   |  Poor Boys' Chorus
Promotional poster for the play Poor Boys Chorus

Poor Boys’ Chorus by Brian Kettler (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2015) is one of 20 plays selected from more than 200 submissions to be a part of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival’s inaugural season in New York City this August. Poor Boys’ Chorus was developed and produced while Kettler was pursuing his master’s degree at UT Austin. The 2017 production in New York City is a bi-coastal collaboration between the Portland-based playwright and NYC-based theatre arts administrators Sara Robillard (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) as co-producer and Sean Tecson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) as co-producer and director. Other Longhorn collaborators include Kevin Hippler (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) and Robert Di Donato (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), who completed clown training under Christopher Bayes, head of physical acting at Yale School of Drama, for the role.

Catherine Ann Jones preforming in recently published play

Monday, June 19, 2017   |  Way of Story
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A former actor in New York on Broadway and off-Broadway, Catherine Ann Jones (B.F.A., Drama, 1965) is currently performing her 12th play, Freud's Oracle, a one-woman play set in Vienna and London in 1933. Freud's Oracle has been produced in Santa Barbara, New Orleans, and Santa Fe among other venues and was recently published. Jones continues to teach at the Esalen and Omega Institutes, Santa Barbara Writers Conference and abroad.

James Sclater honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for music composition

Monday, June 19, 2017   |  Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters
A portrait of James Sclater

James Sclater (D.M.A., Music Studies, 1970) won the 2017 Classical Music Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for his song cycle Carmine Natura Creaturae. These juried awards are given each year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual arts, classical music composition and popular music composition. Photo by Judy Sclater.

Marya Spont-Lemus co-leads teen art exhibition with University of Chicago

Thursday, June 1, 2017   |  University of Chicago
An outdoor shot of an art exhibition opening in Chicago

Marya Spont-Lemus (M.A., Art Education, 2010) co-led the Arts + Public Life’s Teen Arts Council for the 2016-17 school year, taking students through the process of developing a teen-curated exhibition of teen art for a University of Chicago gallery. Photo by Jean Lachat.

Luis Rodriguez appointed assistant conductor for Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez (B.M., Applied Music/Performance, 2010) has been appointed the assistant conductor for Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony as of January 2016. He also is the new music director for Camerata Dallas Youth orchestra as of April 2017. Photo by Michał Dembiński.

Four alumni form Flat Tire Theatre Company in Los Angeles

Thursday, May 18, 2017   |  Hollywood Fringe Festival

Martin Rodriguez (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2015), Amanda Lloyd (B.A., Theatre Studies, 2014), Sarah Marcum (B.F.A., Theatre Studies, 2014) and Shae Tomlinson (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) formed Flat Tire Theatre Company in Los Angeles. They will perform in their second Hollywood Fringe Festival this year with a show titled CringeFest: An Uncomfortable Anthology. The company also includes alumni Rebecca Walach (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015), Rocket Thrall (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015), Hannah Holub (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Lauren Beausoleil (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Ian Price (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016), Lindsay Kelly (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016) and Rachel Nursey (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2016).

Will Davis discusses first season with American Theatre company in Chicago

Thursday, May 18, 2017   |  American Theatre
Will Davis holds papers while directing

Will Davis (M.F.A., Directing, 2013), artistic director of American Theatre Company in Chicago discusses with American Theatre his process and planning his first season in his new role that includes work that reckons with race, gender, culture and controversy.

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