Alumni

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.

UT Alum Earns Place in Longhorn Band History With $12 Million Donation

Monday, February 19, 2018   |  Austin American-Statesman
Texas longhorn band piccolo players on the field

A graduate of the University of Texas now holds the record for the largest planned donation to the Longhorn Band after gifting $12 million to the program. Rick Church, a 1977 engineering graduate who still plays his tuba in the “X” of the “TEXAS” formation during Alumni Band Day, also committed $7 million from his estate to the university’s Department of Engineering and the Cockrell School of Engineering, and $350,000 to the band’s Legacy Fund and scholarships, the university said.

Mexico City-based artist and alum Thomas Glassford mixes many cultural influences in his work

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Dean Doug Dempster visits with Thomas Glassford in Glassford's studio in Mexico City. Photo by Alicia Dietrich.

When Thomas Glassford (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1988) moved to Mexico City to set up a practice in the early 1990s, he never dreamed he’d still be there nearly three decades later.

“Mexico City is a massive city with an enormous historical footprint—it's the oldest colonial city in the New World—so of course it's a huge amount of history to tap into,” said Glassford when asked about what’s kept him there so long. “I think more than anything it's just the fact that I've been here and created a home here and an exchange.”

Abe Koogler’s work reviewed by the New York Times

Monday, June 26, 2017   |  The New York Times
Abe Koogler

Abe Koogler’s (M.F.A., Playwriting, 2014) latest play, Fulfillment Center, was reviewed by the New York Times, which described it as “finding poetry in missed connections.” The play runs off-Broadway through July 9.

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