Alumni Spotlight: Felicia Fitzpatrick

Amid her busy life as the Director of Social Media at Playbill, Texas Theatre and Dance alumna Felicia Fitzpatrick (B.A. 2014) found time to answer our questions about her daily duties, the state of social media in American theatre and her time at UT.

Photo by Mark J. Franklin.

Photo by Mark J. Franklin.

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Meet the Cast: The Merchant of Venice

Meet the cast of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice which tells the story of a businesswoman, hated for being Jewish, who tries to break into the clique of rich men who run Venice. A wealthy merchant seeks to buy the love of a young man. A sheltered heiress attempts to escape her dead father’s will. One of Shakespeare’s most controversial and misunderstood plays, this production of The Merchant of Venice tackles, head-on, the topics of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia in society.

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PODCAST: In Conversation — Tackling “The Merchant of Venice”

Burgess Byrd (Shylock), Bella Medina (Portia) and Adam L. Sussman (Director) sit down with Texas Theatre and Dance Marketing and Events Assistant Ryan Prendergast to discuss the challenges and rewards of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial and misunderstood plays. Part scathing social satire, part romantic comedy, part revenge thriller, The Merchant of Venice defies expectations and asks us to examine what hatred we hold in our hearts.

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Experiencing Dance Through Emerging Technologies

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The works of Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall For Dance explore embodiment, community, diversity and introductions. Dorothy O’Shea Overbey’s new work, Invention in Three Parts, features the work of faculty and students from the Department of Theatre and Dance and Radio-Television-Film in a collaborative performance blending virtual reality, motion capture technology and contemporary ballet.

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Playing with the Past: History and Matawan

Beachgoers in Asbury Park, New Jersey in 1911.

From the rehearsal room to the Jersey Shore of a century ago, dramaturg Kristin Perkins gives us a tour through the worlds of Texas Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of Matawan.

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Meet the Cast: Matawan

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Meet the cast of Matawan, a new play by Dan Caffrey that tells the story of the summer of 1916 when a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore. Further inland, a polio epidemic plagued Philadelphia, while the cloud of World War I loomed over the Nation. As the forces of nature, disease and war close in, characters who struggle to change must face a creature whose evolution has led to millions of years of survival. Spanning several cities, the infinite depths of the ocean and the point of view of the shark herself, Matawan examines how our internal anxieties are often just as terrifying as our national catastrophes.

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PODCAST: Discussing ‘A Plan and Not Quite Enough Time’ with Kirk Lynn and KJ Sanchez

Kirk Lynn (Playwright) and KJ Sanchez (Director) discuss the life and art of the late Leonard Bernstein as the world celebrates the centenary of his birth. Exploring his spirit through devised theatre techniques, biography, contextual history and music theory, this new work attempts to capture the passion and art of an American musical legend.

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2018 Summer Update: Part Two

As we get closer to the beginning of a new year, we look to members of our Texas Theatre and Dance community who have shared their artistry and research with the larger American theatre community. In the second part of our two-part summer series, we take a closer look at the ways in which our undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and alumni have been involved this summer.Continue Reading 2018 Summer Update: Part Two

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2018 Summer Update: Part One

Summer is officially underway and faculty and students of Texas Theatre and Dance have departed Winship to spread their knowledge and creativity far and wide, from Austin to Minnesota; Cincinnati to New York. In this two-part series, we take a look at what everyone is up to this summer.

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A Day in the Life: Costume Design

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The work presented on stage would not be possible without our talented designers, who spend countless hours developing artistry that bring performances to life. We sat down with two of our design students to discuss their creative process and the challenges of crafting work for both new plays and choreography.

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