"...The University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance has a new chair: Dr. Brant Pope, head of the University of Illinois' Department of Theatre, who is nothing if not enthusiastic about his new position..."
"...The producing entity in our city is the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance – fitting since Schenkkan is an alum. But Department Chair Brant Pope, who's directing UT's production, has a more compelling reason for bringing Building the Wall to life here..."
"...That contemporary feel to this staging of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard by the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance comes very deliberately from its director, department chair Brant Pope. He's chosen as his text a late Nineties translation by Paul Schmidt that was written for the American ear..."
"...Brant Pope's direction in Bruno-Pierre Houle's set seems implausible. Could a man who's been living in solitary really enjoy free rein of such a large room, bolted-down benches notwithstanding? Is this how much ease and space these characters would have when moving around each other?..."
"...The script by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett is rather dense – not with heightened language but with an emotional thickness that could give way to melodrama in less skilled hands. Director Brant Pope understands that dramatic action is the foundation of theatre and has his very talented cast wrap themselves in each moment, living there fully before bravely moving to the next..."
"...Yet the direction from department chair Brant Pope never quite rises to the challenges posed by a play like this one. A talky, talky script like Dial "M" isn't necessarily a bad thing, or nobody would ever bother to see a Shakespeare or a Chekhov..."
"...That idea was echoed by Brant Pope, chair of the UT Department of Theatre & Dance, who was on hand to help announce the nominees: "I grew up in Minnesota, where you're either a hockey player or a Communist. When I was in Guys and Dolls because I couldn't skate backwards fast enough to be a defenseman, it changed my life, too."..."
"...Brett Barnes of the Long Center, UT Theatre & Dance Department Chair Brant Pope, and Nat Miller, education director at Zach, read the lists of nominees in 15 categories honoring every aspect of production: student performances, musical direction, orchestra, choreography, design, direction, and technical execution. Every school earned at least one nomination, and 11 schools received at least five..."
"...11. "In holding steadfast to his beliefs, Pope John Paul insists he must be guided by his conscience rather than the popularity - or unpopularity - of his views."..."