Below is all the exciting activities our faculty participated in over the summer!

Dr. Katherine Noone, Assistant Professor of Instruction

  • Taught musical theatre at International Music Camp on the Canadian border this summer. This will be her seventh summer serving as Director/Coordinator.
  • Awards Presenter at Dallas Summer Musicals Annual High School Musical Theatre Award.
  • Guest Clinician at Dallas Summer Musicals Audition Prep Weekend.

Dr. Anne Healy, Associate Professor

Presented a paper at the Song, Stage, and Screen Conference in May in Los Angeles, CA. In August, she directed a staged reading of the new play SOLDIER POET in Boston, MA.

Joe Chapa, Associate Professor

Over the summer taught theatre to elementary age children with the GIFT program in Dallas.  It is sponsored by the Michael Finley Foundation.  Mr. Chapa also taught a combat workshop with The Dallas Shakespeare youth camp.

Dennis M. Maher, Associate Professor

  • Maher served as a Dramaturg for ALONG THE WAY, a developing musical revue, and as a script consultant for EL WIZ, a Latino retelling of THE WIZARD OF OZ, for the Orlando Fringe Festival, in late May and June of this year.  The Orlando Fringe is now in its 27th year, features over 130 productions and accepted both productions from the same playwright.  Mr. Maher was highly pleased when the playwright he worked with won a special award from the Fringe Festival for his works.
  • In May, he dramaturged a musical revue titled ALONG THE WAY produced by Mertz Productions for the Orlando Fringe Festival, Orlando, Fla.  He also served as a script and staging consultant for EL WIZ, a musical version of THE WIZARD OF OZ set in Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricane Maria.
  • Dramaturged Theatre Arlington’s THE SWEETEST SWING in Baseball in July-August.
  • Joined UTA’s Professional Learning Community on campus, and will be attending the Online Learning Consortium in November.
  • Currently playing Tinsworthy in NINE TO FIVE THE MUSICAL at Theatre Arlington, scheduled for October performances, and will be in Circle Theatre’s OUR TOWN.

Dr. Julienne Greer, Assistant Professor

  • Worked from June to August 2018 with 8 undergraduate students from UTA and across the U.S. on National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) awarded in the spring. The grant seeks to inform students of aspects of technology that can be implemented for assistive technology for people with disabilities.
  • Presented a paper at ATHE Conference in Boston, MA, titled: “(Re)examining the Goffman dramaturgical approach: recontextualizing the human-human model to a human-robot model.” Dr. Greer also performed in the New Plays Development Workshop at ATHE in the new play, THE KITTY BOMB by Kevin Daly. During the summer, Dr. Greer, facilitated the NSF grant for undergraduates – REU for Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities – in which she supervised 2 students to program the robot NAO to help with people with anxiety.

Michelle Harvey, Assistant Professor in Practice

  • Scenic Design:
    • Turtle Creek Chorale: OUTLAWS -performed at the Moody Performance Hall in Dallas, TX (June 2018)
    • Stage West: DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER – Fort Worth, TX  (July 2018)
  • Upcoming scenic design:
    • Dallas Children’s Theatre: DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY National Tour 2018-2019
    • Spectacular Senior Follies: 10th Anniversary Spectacular – performed at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson, TX (September, 2018)
    • Florida State University: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – Tallahassee, FL (October 2018)
  • Juried exhibition – USITT Design Expo:
  • Design for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM chosen for publication in the Summer issue of TD&T magazine.

Amanda Jackson, Assistant Professor of Instruction

  • taught, performed, and presented choreography at Big Rig Dance Collective’s Dance Co-op.
  • Performed with Big Rig Dance Collective at Dallas Dances at Moody Performance Hall.
  • Choreography was commissioned for the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, and her work will be presented in Oklahoma City.

Felicia Bertch, Associate Profess of Instruction

  • Acted in two commercials with the Fort Worth Zoo and Home Depot in May.
  • Acted in five short films between May and July, including a film written and directed by the UTA Film Department’s Daniel Garcia which involved several other UTA faculty, staff and, students.
  • Accepted and participated in the Teacher Development Program in L.A. with the National Alliance of Acting Teachers and was made a member of the organization thereafter.
  • Co-produced, MOVEMENT DIRECTED, and played Ariel in THE TEMPEST in August with Wheaton Shakespeare in the Park, with an average audience of 1500 people each night
  • Program Director of Wheaton Shakespeare in the Park’s Undergraduate Training Program.
  • Taught a Mask and Movement Workshop at Trinity Valley School’s summer program: Much Ado About Shakespeare in Fort Worth in June.
  • Had two original devised shows accepted into the Fort Worth Fringe Festival in September. [T]iny [P]latform [S]hakespeare with a company of 6 UTA Theatre graduates. And MASK MADNESS with 17 current UTA Theatre undergraduates.
  • Acted in a California PBS Special showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at a production of Shakespeare.
  • Playing Moor-Hen in Theatre Three’s production of THE MOORS in Dallas in October and November.

Andrew Gaupp – Professor/Associate Chair

  • Attended the Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York City
  • Presented a paper on arts advocacy at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in Boston.

Dr. Natalie Gaupp, Assistant Professor of Instruction

  • Directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard’s THE LATE HENRY MOSS at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth which featured several of UTA BFA alumni students (Eugene Chandler, Shawn Gann, Travis J. Fant, Rosalinda Olivares) and a current BFA student (Forrest Swanson).
  • Wrote and directed a new play, SANITATION SERVICES, featuring current BFA student Forrest Swanson, for Fort Worth’s SceneShop.
  • Performed in the Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s play ASHES TO ASHES, in the role of Rebecca, with the Fort Worth Fringe Festival.
  • Directed for the play THE LATE HENRY MOSS by Sam Shepard, produced by Drag Strip Courage at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas (June 28, 29, 30 and July 5, 6, 7). Several UTA Theatre Arts alumni were involved and include Eugene Chandler in the role of Henry, Travis Fant as Ray, Rosalinda Olivares as Conchalla, Shawn Gann as Esteban, and Ashley Redford Peeks is the Stage Manager. Current UTA Theatre Arts senior Forrest Swanson plays the role of Taxi.

Detra Payne, Assistant Professor of Instruction

  • Attended the NAAT/National Alliance for Acting Teachers Congress that was set in New York City.
  • Attended ATHE/Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Presented on the panel – Revolutionizing Cross-Collaborative Efforts for Social Change Through Theatre on/off Campus.
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