Creating New Work with UTNT (UT New Theatre)

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The creation of new work is challenging for many reasons. Over the course of its development, pages are written and rewritten; scrapped and embellished; characters change, finding new paths through their newly-imagined lives and plot lines take unexpected turns. UTNT (UT New Theatre) celebrates the emerging voices of the American stage with works by third-year M.F.A. in Playwriting candidates; but the creation of new work goes far beyond the script. We sat down with Megan Tabaque (playwright, Galactic Orphans), Graham Schmidt (director, Galactic Orphans), Elizabeth Doss (playwright, Slumber Party), Lirit Pendell (costume designer), Tucker Martin (“Simon Levinson,” The Bigot), Jade Jackson (“Amber,” Gondal) and Adam Sussman (director, Gondal) to learn more about the challenges and thrills of cultivating new works of theatre as they move from ideas to the stage.

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Meet the Masterminds Behind MOMENTUM

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Get to know the masterminds behind the moves of Dance Repertory Theatre’s Momentum (on stage through February 26, 2017). Featuring nationally renowned choreographers, these artists use movement to express what often cannot be put into words and bring to light important and powerful conversations present in today’s society.

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Celebrating Black History Month Through Contemporary Dance

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February is Black History Month in the United States and Dance Repertory Theatre is marking the occasion in a celebration of African American culture upon contemporary dance in Momentumunder the artistic direction of Charles O. Anderson, Jeremy Arnold and Lyn C. Wiltshire.

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Playwriting/Directing’s Top Picks for Alternative Holiday Theatre

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With the holidays right around the corner, theatres all around the country will be putting on their productions of plays such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical or A Christmas Carol. Looking for another option to get your holiday theatre fix?

Playwriting/Directing faculty members Liz Engelman and KJ Sanchez list their top picks for wintry works of theatre.

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A Day in the Life: Scenic Design

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The first in a series of behind-the-scenes looks at what it’s like to be involved both on stage and off, we discussed the process of scenic design with M.F.A. in Design and Technology candidate Bruno-Pierre Houle from conception to strike as he developed designs for Texas Theatre and Dance’s 2015 production of The Wild Party by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe

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Love Theatre

Today the world celebrates #LoveTheatreDay, a day where organizations and cultural institutions across the globe publicize all the reasons why theatre and the arts are worth fighting for. Students, faculty and staff from Texas Theatre and Dance have raised their voices to this cause, letting us know why they love theatre and do what they do. What makes the years of dedication, hard work, determination worth it.

Texas Theatre and Dance on Vimeo.

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Interview with “Lost Girl” Playwright, Director and Dramaturg

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We sat down with Lost Girl playwright, Kimberly Belfower; director, Cara Phipps; and dramaturg, Cortney McEniry to discuss the development of this exciting new piece of theatre including the social implications of the work, the cultural context and the cast’s Hogwarts houses.

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The History and Context of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”

In both the original text and in the adaptations that followed, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women speaks across generations of discovery, heartache and love. Zoë Crabtree, dramaturg, goes deeper into the historical context of this work and the place of feminism in the 1800s.

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The Nine Best Theatre and Dance Costume Designs of All Time

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In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of the top nine works of costume design and technology according to faculty members Susan Mickey (Costume Design) and James Glavan (Costume Technology).

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Interview with “In the Red and Brown Water” Directors Charles O. Anderson and Robert Ramirez

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Directors Charles O. Anderson and Robert Ramirez bring Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water  to the stage this October. The story of a young runner with boundless possibilities, Oya is forced to choose between her ailing mother and her own dreams. This intoxicating movement-infused theatre work charts a young girl’s thrust into womanhood and her subsequent fall into the murky waters of life.

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