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Director’s Corner: A Conversation With Nick Mayo

Close up of director Nick Mayo for blog

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

cast of the drowsy chaperone in a grid

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… Continue Reading Meet the Cast: The Drowsy Chaperone

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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.

Posted in New Work, On Stage

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… Continue Reading Meet the Cast: The Crucible

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Kirk Lynn’s Top Five Spine-Chilling Halloween Plays

two people in chairs one with skull on head

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… Continue Reading Kirk Lynn’s Top Five Spine-Chilling Halloween Plays

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Finding Home: Understanding the Narrative of Refugees

man standing in front of group of individuals

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

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Meet the Cast: Anon(ymous)

Cast members anonymous

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… Continue Reading Meet the Cast: Anon(ymous)

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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… Continue Reading Creating Challenging New Work for Modern America

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2017 Summer Update: Part Two

The second part of our two-part summer series features faculty, students and alumni sharing their talents across the globe. Featuring design work presented everywhere from Kopparberg, Sweden to Taipei, Taiwan and Steven Dietz’s work at number playwriting festivals, our Texas Theatre… Continue Reading 2017 Summer Update: Part Two

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