Jarrod Beck (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2007) is the artist-in-residence for the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, through April 2018. His piece Origin, 135 degrees was commissioned by Rice Public Art.
Eddie Lopez's (B.M., Music Studies, 2008) company, Perform America–TX, is sponsoring the Butler School of Music alumni gathering at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) conference in San Antonio. Lopez also pledged the Edward R. Lopez Endowed Scholarship in Music in 2017 for undergraduate UT music majors.
Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt (Ph.D., Music Education, 1998) was recently promoted from her position as Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication to Assistant Vice President for Academic Services at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Natalia Anciso (B.A., Studio Art, 2008) has been selected to show work in INTO ACTION, a pop-up group exhibition, Jan. 13 - 21, in Los Angeles.
Performance as Public Practice Alumni and Faculty Shine at Dance Studies Association Conference
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).
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 (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.
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.
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.
Jonas Criscoe (B.F.A., Studio Art, 2006) is presenting work in “Call & Respond,” a two-person exhibition at ICOSA Collective in Austin, TX, Jan 13 - Feb 3.