Industry Insights Schedule

Fall 2018 Schedule

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Industry Insights with Michelle Schumann, Artistic Director of Austin Chamber Music Center

Wednesday, October 10 at 12pm in DFA 1.104

Michelle Shumann is Artistic Director of Austin Chamber Music Center, a celebrated pianist and UT Austin alumna. Winner of the 2006 Janice K. Hodges Competition for Contemporary Music, Schumann’s piano programs feature meticulously integrated selections of classic and contemporary repertoire. Additional accolades include the 2017 award for Classical Music Ensemble; the 2009 award for “Best Intsrumentalist;” and the 2006, 2007, and 2008 award for “best Chamber Music Performance” given by the Austin Critics’ Table. Recent international performances have taken her to France, England, Scotland and Austria. Shumann is also the artist-in-residence and professor of piano at the University of Mary-Hardin-Baylor.


Industry Insights with J.E. Johnson & Karen Maness of Texas Performing Arts

Friday, October 19 at 2:30pm in DFA 1.104

J.E. Johnson is Scenic Studio Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts and an instructor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. Johnson specializes in an emergent pedagogy to create safe, dynamic learning environments to unleash student creativity and capability. He has enabled a generation of inexperienced students to fabricate professional quality scenery for over 100 productions. He has adapted his approach for the K-12 classroom to teach children how to construct functioning clocks, automata, and large scale Rube Goldberg machines with the DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars and the Austin Tinkering School. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Ready, a consulting and educational product company which has trained teachers to bring hands-on, project-driven learning into K-12 classrooms from Texas to Hawaii. Johnson has also served as a fabricator and consultant for feature films, startups, and international sculptors.

Karen L. Maness is the principal instructor of scenic art, figurative painting, and co-instructor for practical effects classes for the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre & Dance. She is the Scenic Art Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts, directing the scenic art execution of all Department of Theatre and Dance, and Butler School of Music Opera productions. She has worked extensively in regional theatre, themed attractions, industrial display, film. Ms. Maness studied studio art and set design at Whittier College in Los Angeles, CA and continued her studies at Cobalt Studios in White Lake, NY, and The Florence Academy of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and are held in private collections worldwide. Ms. Maness is a proponent of digital analog fluidity for artists and hands-on, project-based, interdisciplinary team collaboration. Ms. Maness is the co-author of the award-winning The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, the definitive behind-the-scenes history of one of Hollywood’s most closely guarded cinematic secrets—painted backdrops and the scenic artists who brought them to the big screen. The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop received the USITT Oscar G. Brocket Golden Pen Award (2018), and the University of Texas at Austin Cohen Hamilton Faculty Literary Award- Runner-Up (2017).


Industry Insights with Andrew Simonet, Founder of Artists U

Friday, October 26 at 2:30pm in DFA 1.104

Andrew Simonet is a writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. From 1993 to 2013, he co-directed Headlong Dance Theater, creating dances like CELL (a journey for one audience member guided by your cell phone), and This Town is a Mystery (dances by four Philadelphia families in their homes). In 2006, he founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives, and wrote Making Your Life as an Artist, an open source guide to living sustainably. Now focused on fiction, his debut novel, Wilder, will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in November 2018.


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