The Cohen New Works Festival at the University of Texas is an institution in the Department of Theatre and Dance has been a large part of the curriculum and community since it began in 2007. Focused on collaboration, representation and creating and enriching communities within the College of Fine Arts as well as across the greater campus community, the biennial festival is known for highlighting student work that might not otherwise get an opportunity to be performed.
The University of Texas student-run Lab Orchestra not only gives students an opportunity to perform regularly with their peers, but also the much needed space to practice other skills that musicians value.
The new chamber opera Good Country, created by Cecelia Raker (librettist) and Keith Allegretti (composer), is based on true accounts of Charley Parkhurst, a trans stagecoach driver during the California Gold Rush. This is one of the first operas ever to be composed in collaboration with a trans singer, and written for their voice. Thanks to a grant from the Fine Arts Diversity Committee, internationally acclaimed tenor and trans activist Holden Madagame will perform in the lead role as part of the 2019 Cohen New Works Festival.
Actor, Doty Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient and University of Texas alum Bruce McGill speaks to students about the art of acting, the value of a dollar and how to make one’s way in the world.
Actress, producer and entrepreneur Felicia Day was recently honored with the College of Fine Arts’ E. William Doty Young Alumna Award. While Day received her degree in math from UT, she attended UT on a full violin scholarship, took dance classes in the Department of Theatre and Dance and starred in multiple productions in the department. Director of Communications Alicia Dietrich spoke with Day about her career and creative projects.
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University of Texas Professor and Head of Dance Charles O. Anderson has transformed and diversified the dance program's curriculum, faculty and student body with a social justice emphasis.
Nathan Cook and Charles Ball are the eyes and ears behind the hundreds of pianos housed in the Butler School of Music. A piano is not an instrument that is easily tuned by its user, so piano technicians like Charles and Nathan are crucial in maintaining a professional sound for performers.
UT Professor Eddie Chambers of the Department of Art and Art History explains the current display of work by legendary American artist, Charles White, currently on view in the Fine Arts library. White dedicated his life to his art, which was characterized by his commitment to depict African-Americans as dignified, resilient survivors.The display has been assembled from materials Professor Chambers has collected over many years.
Jaelynn Walls is a Plan II honors sophomore and Art History major from Houston. As part of her internship at the Blanton Museum, she has created the educational video series, Art In Color, that highlights contemporary artists of color and their work.
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MacKenzie Stevens was appointed director of the Visual Arts Center (VAC) in October 2018. As director of an experiential, public-facing curatorial laboratory, Stevens is responsible for providing vision and programmatic leadership in her new role. She joins the VAC from the Hammer Museum at the University of California in Los Angeles, where she was part of the curatorial team for four years.