Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University and influential scholar on multicultural children’s literature, commonly notes the power of theatre for young audiences as a mirror of experiences very similar to their own as well as a window into experiences that may be completely opposite from what they know. Any experience you have, despite where and when and how it happens, is going to have an effect on your personal perspective of the world. Our experiences are what gives us knowledge, insight, and memories to draw upon. The experience of watching a play serves this same purpose. We walk away from a theatrical experience with a different perspective than what we had before. By experiencing Luna on tour, elementary and middle school-aged students across Austin are being treated to an experience unlike anything many of them have had before.
Continue Reading Luna: The Impact of a Migrant Story on Tour to Austin Students
Every two years, The Cohen New Works Festival presents over 30 new works of theatre, dance, art and performance to over 7,000 attendees in five days. This festival, named after former playwriting faculty member David Mark Cohen, who our community lost too soon, is a celebration of creative disciplines spanning across the university to showcase the new work of students at The University of Texas at Austin. The 2017 New Works Festival runs April 10-14, 2017 in various locations across campus and is free to the public.
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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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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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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 Momentum, under the artistic direction of Charles O. Anderson, Jeremy Arnold and Lyn C. Wiltshire.
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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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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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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.
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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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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.
Continue Reading The History and Context of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”