Theatre and Dance

Charles O. Anderson's "(Re)Current Unrest" Receives National Dance Project Award

Friday, July 20, 2018   |  New England Foundation for the Arts
dance image from (Re)Current Unrest

Head of dance, Charles O. Anderson's work (Re)current Unrest was recently awarded a grant from The New England Foundation for the Arts' (NEFA) National Dance Project (NDP) which supports the creation of 20 new dance works that will tour the United States. (Re)current Unrest was staged as part of Fall For Dance (Texas Theatre and Dance) and premiered at Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas in 2018. Faculty member Rennie Harris was also awarded for his work LAZARUS (Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation).

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.

Backstage Names UT in Top 25 Acting Colleges

Friday, June 1, 2018   |  Backstage
two actors facing each other on stage

One of Backstage's "25 Amazing Acting Colleges You Need to Know," UT Austin provides "conservatory-style teaching...woven together with training in fields like voiceover-for-video-games for a unique approach to learning. Students also have the option to participate in an L.A. residency for first-hand experience in the industry. If you’re looking for an intimate learning experience within a larger university located in a funky city, consider UT 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.

Faculty Member Lisa B. Thompson Named One of "The Texas Ten"

Tuesday, May 8, 2018   |  The Alcalde
Lisa thompson

Associate professor Lisa B. Thompson (Performance as Public Practice) has been named one of "The Texas Ten" by The Alcalde, awarded to those nominated by alumni as their favorite faculty members from their time on the Forty Acres. 

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