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.
Continue Reading Interview with “Lost Girl” Playwright, Director and Dramaturg
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”
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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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.
Continue Reading Interview with “In the Red and Brown Water” Directors Charles O. Anderson and Robert Ramirez
At the end of the first week of classes, the department told all of its first year students—freshmen and transfer alike—to go home.
All first year students are enrolled in TD 311C Performance as Public Practice, an introduction course for all majors. This class is an innovative introduction to theatre and dance, unlike many courses seen at other institutions. It is designed to help students discover and develop their artistic, scholarly and pre-professional interests and investments in theater and dance. It is taught in five sections by the Performance as Public Practice faculty—Drs. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Charlotte Canning (program head), Andrew Carlson and Laura Gutierrez.
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Welcome to Off Book: A Theatre and Dance Blog, where we will focus on the the inner-workings of the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. Here, we will discuss both what goes on the stage and what goes on behind-the-scenes in an effort to create new, innovative works of performing arts.
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