Meet the Cast: Anon(ymous)

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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 Anon(ymous) cast features some familiar faces, along with some new to the Texas Theatre and Dance stage.

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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 for continued discussion of current issues.

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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 and Dance faculty and staff have had a very busy summer.

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2017 Summer Update: Part One

During the summer months, Winship becomes quiet as faculty and students head out around the country and the world to create, participate in and attend performances. In a two-part series, we take a look at what everyone is up to this summer.

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Texas Theatre and Dance Presents the 2017/2018 Season

Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the 2017/2018 Season including our Subscription Series. This powerful line up of works includes the story of an immigrant’s journey to find “home,” a playful musical that examines the true nature of theatre, a story of scandal and corruption that defined a generation, striking new choreography and the gripping story of a town overcome with fear.

Subscription packages will be available beginning in August 2017. Individual ticket sales will begin September 2017.

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Luna: The Impact of a Migrant Story on Tour to Austin Students

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.

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Celebrating Creative Innovation with The Cohen New Works Festival

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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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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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