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UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Enron
This production of Lucy Prebbles' play smartly recounts and reframes the corporate beast's rise and fall
Arts Review  March 1, 2018, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...It is a story people really should know. The University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance not only does a bang-up job of presenting Lucy Prebble's entertaining and historically accurate script, but further reframes and modernizes the play with a cast composed of actors whose gender identities are either female or nonbinary...."

UT Department of Theatre & Dance
The University of Illinois' Brant Pope is hired to lead UT's theatre/dance school
Arts Story  May 28, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Critics Name Cream of the Cultural Crop
The nominees for the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 14, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Members of the Austin Critics Table have considered the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018, and settled on what was outstanding in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in that span and announced the nominees for the 2018 Critics Table Awards...."

Shay Ishii Dance Company's Dancestry ... Vivid
Audiences gained much from this program's re-creations of historic dances by Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller, and Lucia Dlugoszewski
Arts Review  January 21, 2016, by Jonelle Seitz
"...In April 2000, the Erick Hawkins Dance Company premiered Lucia Dlugoszewski's "Motherwell Amor," a contemplative ode to the paintings of Robert Motherwell, at the 91st Street Playhouse in New York City. It was just two days after Dlugoszewski's death, and the audience at that performance was asked, out of respect, not to applaud..."

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 27, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...For the 19th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for these awards, covering the period from May 3, 2010, to April 30, 2011, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)...."

TOP 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2010
A theatre year with a tipsy crew, a zoo, a shrew, and lots of cross-dressing
Arts Story  January 7, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...2) 'ALL SHOOK UP' (TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE) With this jukebox musical of the King's hits (lifted out of the Wurlitzer by a book slyly riffing on the Bard's Twelfth Night), Kaitlin Hopkins proved Texas State's musical theatre program even better than the buzz. Gifted students, showing show-biz shine and polish beyond their years and exhilarating ensemble work, made the playhouse rock...."

Top 10 Reasons I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2013
Austin thespians played for keeps, with boundless commitment and imagination, in the year's most memorable theatre
Arts Story  January 3, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...1) 'SLIP RIVER' (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance/Cohen New Works Festival) Spiriting its audience beneath the Payne Theatre, past clotheslines and through butcher-paper forests, feeding it cornbread muffins, and leaving it onstage in a festive dance party, this exhilaratingly theatrical mash-up of 19th century novels and modern pop – its orphan hero chases freedom along an "underground railroad" run by Beyoncé! – packed more imagination, adventure, and wit into half an hour than most plays do in three times that...."

Gibney Dance Community Action Residency
Training dancers to help victims of abuse
Arts Story  November 4, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Pat Stone holds the theory that victims of domestic and sexual abuse tend to "self-select for the dance field, because they want to regain respect for the body and regain control over the body." Over her 30-odd years of teaching dance, she says she's encountered far too many women with histories of abuse. What these women may intuitively know is that expressive movement can help regain what abuse destroys: a feeling of control and a positive relationship with the body...."

Like Beer and Chili
Combustible Collaborators Joseph Skibell and David Yeakle
Arts Story  March 13, 1998, by Adrienne Martini
"...Yeakle loves Skibell's scripts; Skibell loves Yeakle's directorial touch. It is a match made, if not initially in heaven, then certainly in the halls and classrooms of the Winship Drama Building, home of the UT Department of Theatre & Dance, where the two were part of a reading of one of Skibell's scripts...."

Another Round of Praise
Nominations for the 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 9, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...For the 16th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics have joined to recognize the year's most exceptional achievements in the visual arts, dance, classical music, and theatre. The nominations for the 2008 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2007, to April 30, 2008, were assembled by the following writers: the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin Keever (visual arts), David Mead (music), Joey Seiler (theatre), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Salvador Castillo (visual arts), Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Amanda Douberley (visual arts), Michael Kellerman (music), Rachel Koper (visual arts), Nikki Moore (visual arts), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)..."

A Guide to Austin's Musical Theatre Scene
Arts Story  August 1, 1997, by Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini
"...Just ask a kid. When we come to musicals as children, they're gigantic confections of comedy and melody, brimming with bodies -- almost more than a kid can count -- in splendiferous outfits as bright and brightly colored as a rainbow, all fresh faces spontaneously bursting into buoyant song and breathtaking dance, gliding down staircases and up musical scales..."

Dance Visionary Charles Santos Heads to NYC Life Cycles
Arts Story  November 24, 1995
"...But the man himself is cool. He sits calm and poised as he talks about spending half his life in Austin, founding the Austin Festival of Dance, his impending move to New York City, his new job, his new life, and the cycles within life..."

Seeds of Inspiration
The 2012 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  June 1, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...But our city's cultural scene would not be as vital and dynamic as it is today had it not been for those creative individuals of earlier times whose initiative and commitment ensured that the arts had a place in the life of Austin. The Austin Critics Table established the Austin Arts Hall of Fame to honor those artists, educators, patrons, and arts advocates for their pioneering efforts in nurturing the visual arts, dance, theatre, and classical music, and for helping them to flourish..."

Essential History Museums and Cultural Spaces
Fun for everyone from history buffs to kids who like hands-on science
DAILY Chronolog  March 3, 2017
" The Carver complex centers around the old Carver Library, the first library for residents of color in Austin. The original 1926 city library building – which was moved to the Eastside and opened to blacks in 1933 – still serves the neighborhood, but since 2005, it's been flanked by the 36,000-square-foot center, which includes four art galleries, the 134-seat Boyd Vance Theatre, a dance studio, a photo lab and darkroom, a conference room, offices, classroom, archive space, and museum store..."

"Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place"
The final exhibit of this public art project shows how every district in Austin has had artists working for it
Arts Story  March 31, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Los Outsiders, the creative collective behind exhibitions such as the Austin Critics Table Award-winning "Heir Today Gone Tomorrow" and "Gently Fried" and projects such as Dance Your Pants Off and #ATXLoteria, decided to get to know District 1 on an intimate level, through community, memory, and object. Members Jaime Salvador Castillo, Michael Anthony García, Hector Hernandez, and Robert Jackson Harrington interviewed district residents, gathering stories and personal objects that became the basis for an exhibit of mementos the people of District 1 hold dear and images of the area they call home..."

All the Way to State
A high school play contest might not sound like a big deal, but it is to the 18,000 students in 1,200 schools across Texas who participate in the state's UIL one-act play every year -- and here's a look at why.
Arts Story  May 12, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...At another time, it might be met with a withering look, or a sharp indictment -- "Boys!" -- but until rehearsal begins, it is tolerated, watched with amusement even. Together, Jordan and Sean run through some of the moves they've been learning lately: Along with a few other cast members, they've been trying to nail the dance to 'N Sync's latest video "Bye Bye," which they offer as nerve-settling distraction during the tedious backstage downtime of competition..."

The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top honors to Salvage Vanguard's Thr3e Zisters, LOLA Austin's Femme Bohème, and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate
Arts Story  June 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...That irreverent riff on Chekhov earned the most love in the Table's 23rd presentation of honors for notable artistic achievements, but close behind were LOLA Austin's La Femme Bohème and Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance's Kiss Me, Kate with three awards each. Nine projects took home two prizes each: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux; Zach Theatre's Cenicienta; Half & Half Productions' Chicago; Hyde Park Theatre's The Christians; Theatre en Bloc's Cock; Physical Plant Theater's Everything Is Established; the Austin Classical Guitar/Conspirare/Texas Performing Arts collaboration How Little You Are; Performa/Dance's Ignite: Three Works; and Trouble Puppet Theatre's The Wars of Heaven, Part I..."

The 'It' Program
Musical theatre struts back onstage at Texas State to rave reviews
Arts Story  November 5, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...On Aug. 11 of this year, the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University-San Marcos woke up to a nice surprise: an endorsement of its musical theatre program in The New York Times..."

Christopher Durang
Tony-winning playwright takes up residence at Texas State
Arts Story  October 4, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Still, "adrift" might well be said to be in Durang's immediate future – Adrift in Macao, a 2007 musical for which the playwright penned the book and lyrics, is being mounted by the Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance, and the author will be in San Marcos to see it. Indeed, he and his partner of 26 years, John Augustine – a widely produced and very funny dramatist in his own right – will be on hand as playwrights-in-residence, thanks to the efforts of Kaitlin Hopkins, head of the musical theatre program at Texas State and an old friend of Durang's, with support from the Bowman Guest Artist Series...."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...A toast, please, to the 170-plus artists and creative projects recognized in the nominations for the 2013 Austin Critics Table Awards. Earlier this month, a batch of the ink-stained wretches who cover the city's cultural scene devoted our monthly meeting of the minds (i.e., happy hour) to reviewing the work we'd seen between May 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013 (give or take a few days), and came up with what we considered the most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, visual arts, and theatre...."

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