Creating new work is a challenging process, often riddled with unforeseen obstacles, tough decisions and unique opportunities to develop innovative art. We sat down with the playwrights and directors of UTNT (UT New Theatre) to discuss their process of creating these new plays, how those works have changed and why it’s important to let these works evolve as they are read, developed and, ultimately, presented to an audience.
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Under the direction of Charles O. Anderson and Andrea Beckham, Transcendence is a celebration of the illustrious career of Dr. Yacov Sharir. The founder of the American Deaf Dance Company and Sharir Dance Company, Dr. Sharir’s research and choreography features virtual environments and computerized movement.
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Members of the community engagement team discuss masculinity, what defines “toxic masculinity” in the context of contemporary society, the Enron scandal and and the impact of the storyteller in Lucy Prebble’s ENRON.
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Meet the cast of ENRON, a true story of false profits that follows the astounding rise and fall of the Houston-based energy company. Presented as an epic myth, featuring a cast of all female and non-binary actors, ENRON takes us on the twists and turns of capitalism, the glamour of greed and the toxic adrenaline of success. Witness the depth of deceit that led to one of the largest financial scandals in history.
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Lucy Prebble’s ENRON examines the fall of the Houston-based energy giant – but what happens when roles traditionally cast as men, are presented by a cast of female and non-binary actors? Artistic engagement strategist, Jess O’Rear and director, Hannah Wolf discuss the importance of casting, gender, power and toxic masculinity in Texas Theatre and Dance’s production of ENRON.
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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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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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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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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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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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