Assistant Director of the University of Texas Longhorn Band Josh Gall and his brother, Media Coordinator for UT Bands Luke Gall, have recently launched a new app and expanded their business, Ultimate Drill Book, with help from the College of Fine Arts.
The student-run design agency wkrm (pronounced work room), located in the University of Texas at Austin's College of Fine Arts, helps prepare students for post-college life.
Kim Perlak (D.M.A., Music, 2008) has been named chair of Berklee's Guitar department. Perlak joined Berklee in 2013 as assistant chair of guitar. She becomes the first woman to chair the department, and only the fourth person to hold the position since the college added guitar as a principal instrument in 1962. Perlak now leads the college's second largest instrument group with nearly 1,000 students.
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
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.
Rudy Ramirez (M.F.A. 2012) has been named one of American Theatre's "6 Theatre Workers You Should Know."
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.
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 (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.
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.