Helen Sung To Release First Vocal Album, Play Trinity Jazz Festival

Monday, August 20, 2018   |  The Houston Chronicle
Helen Sung at a piano

Helen Sung (M.M., Music Studies, 1995 ) will play the Trinity Jazz Festival in Houston January 26, 2019. The festival will coincide with her seventh album release, "Sung With Words," which is Sung's first vocal album and is in collaboration with California's Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia.Sung won a "New Jazz Works" grant in 2014, which facilitated the collaboration. (photo by Kat Villacorta)

Five Theatre and Dance Graduates Selected to Exhibit Work in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space

Monday, August 20, 2018   |  USITT
Prague Quadrenniel exhibit logo

Theatre and Dance graduates Kelsey Vidic, Bruno-Pierre Houle, Lucey Erb, E.L. Hohn and Yi-Tai Chung (all M.F.A.,Theatre, 2017) have been selected to exhibit their work in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ), the largest performance design event in the world. The 14th PQ will take place June 6-16, 2019, in Prague. The U.S. exhibition at the PQ is supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jim Howard's Four-Decade Career as Fashion Illustrator on Display at Denver Art Museum

Monday, June 25, 2018   |  Denver Art Museum
Jim Howard in 1964 surrounded by his fashion illustrations

Jim Howard (B.A., Art, 1953), an award-winning fashion illustrator whose four-decade career included work for Neiman Marcus, Dior, Oscar de la Renta and Yves Saint Laurent, presents over 100 works in Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard, at the Denver Art Museum through August 5, 2018.

Alumna Cassie Shankman Combines Music and Science to Help People Walk Again

Friday, June 22, 2018   |  Texas Performing Arts
Cassie Shankman

Cassie Shankman (B.A., Music, 2013) is a leading Biomedical Music™ composer for the Movement Tracks Project, a collaboration of therapists and musicians who combine music and science to help people with neurological illnesses walk again. 

Robert Schenkkan Wins Distinguished Alumnus Award

Tuesday, June 19, 2018   |  Texas Exes
Robert Schenkkan

Robert Schenkkan (B.A., Drama, 1975) has been named a recipient of the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on Friday, November 2.

Schenkkan is the author of 16 plays, including All the Way, Building the Wall, and The Kentucky Cycle, and a musical, The Twelve. His work has been produced around the world, and his writing has been recognized with the highest honors—he is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner and has been nominated three times for the Emmy award. His movie and TV credits include Hacksaw Ridge, The Quiet American, All the Way, The Pacific, The Andromeda Strain, Crazy Horse, and Spartacus. Schenkkan is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the National Theater Conference, the College of Fellows of the American Theater, and sits on the board of the Dramatists Guild, the Orchard Project, and the Lilly Awards.

Andrew Hinderaker's "Away" Heads to Netflix

Wednesday, June 13, 2018   |  Deadline
Andrew Hinderaker

Away, written by Andrew Hinderaker (M.F.A. 2013), is loosely inspired by Chris Jones' Esquire article of the same name and details an epic love story and a thrilling tale of survival set against humanity’s greatest endeavor – the first human mission to Mars. Netflix premiere date to be announced in 2018.

Alumna Joins the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

Friday, June 1, 2018   |  Austin Chronicle
Kathy Dunn Hamrick

Kathy Dunn Hamrick (B.A. 1981) of Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company was recently added to the ranks of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame along with four other local creatives for their shared commitment to helping the arts thrive in Austin.

Alumnus Abe Koogler Wins Obie Award for Playwriting

Friday, May 25, 2018   |  The New York Times
male and female actors sitting on a stage

Alumnus Abe Koogler (M.F.A. 2014) recently received an Obie Award for playwriting for his work Fulfillment Center, presented at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The Obie Awards recognize the best writers, actors, directors and designers of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theatre.


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