2017: Year in Review

There’s never a dull moment in Winship, and we wanted to take a moment to review the wonderful works of art and artistry of 2017 which included striking new works of choreography, the Cohen New Works Festival and the incredible work of our faculty and students around the world.

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Director’s Corner: A Conversation With Nick Mayo

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We sat down with Nick Mayo, a Central Texas native and the director of The Drowsy Chaperone, to discuss his life, career and the process of bringing this five-time Tony Award-winning musical to life on the stage.

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Meet the Cast: The Drowsy Chaperone

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What better way to celebrate theatre than with more theatre? Winner of five Tony Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical that pokes fun at the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre and celebrates the musicals of the Jazz Age. Under the direction of guest Broadway artist, Nick Mayo, Texas Theatre and Dance presents what New York Magazine called “the perfect Broadway musical.”

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Becoming Artist-Citizens Through Contemporary Ballet

Artistic directors Jeremy Arnold, Erica Gionfriddo and Dorothy O’Shea Overbey discuss Fall For Dance and their choreographic works which seek to define the term “artist-citizen,” and address the larger issues facing our society today.

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Meet the Cast: The Crucible

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Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece, The Crucible, outlines the events of the Salem Witch Trials, which turned neighbor against neighbor in 17th century Massachusetts. Originally written as an allegory for 1950s McCarthyism and the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which accused thousands of Americans of being communists or communist sympathizers.

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Kirk Lynn’s Top Five Spine-Chilling Halloween Plays

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There’s a chill in the air and All Hallows’ Eve is upon us. Whether you’re a fan of gory horror or you’re just looking for a spooky story, these playwrights know the way to send shivers down your spine. Faculty member Kirk Lynn (Fixing King John, Effective Magic) gives us his five favorite hair-raising, skin-crawling, bone-chilling plays to help you celebrate the season.

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Finding Home: Understanding the Narrative of Refugees

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From the Anon(ymous) dramaturgy team, Khristián Méndez-Aguirre and Alaina Monts, comes a closer look at the definition of “home” found in Naomi Iizuka’s play and the struggles refugees find in contemporary American society.

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A Day in the Life: B.F.A. in Acting Major Teddy Santiesteban

As part of our Day in the Life series, we followed fourth-year B.F.A. in Acting major Teddy Santiesteban (Anon(ymous), Twelfth Night, Lost Girl) through his day to give you an inside look at what it’s like to study acting at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Meet the Cast: Anon(ymous)

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Anon(ymous), based on Homer’s The Odyssey, tells the story of a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people – some kind, some dangerous and cruel – as he searches for his family. The Anon(ymous) cast features some familiar faces, along with some new to the Texas Theatre and Dance stage.

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Creating Challenging New Work for Modern America

We recently sat down with Building the Wall playwright, Robert Schenkkan, and director, Brant Pope, to discuss where the current state of American politics and artistic expression through the performing arts overlap and how challenging new plays can act as a medium for continued discussion of current issues.

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