Detra Payne, Assistant Professor of Instruction, has directed two short plays concurrently for Black History Month. The plays are Shall Be Forever Free, the historical re-enactment of a life-changing meeting between Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (sponsored by The College of Liberal Arts) and Red Cotton: The Birth of Black America, about the trials, tribulations and survival of African Americans performed at Theatre Three (Dallas, TX). She is also working with student playwrights for the second year in a row, producing Heal The Divide On Campus, a national playwriting initiative focused on helping student playwrights tell the stories and concerns of their generation and community. The performances this year will include dance choreography created and performed by students from the Maverick Dance Company, performing March 30 in the UT Arlington Art Gallery.

Dr. Julienne Greer, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Dennis Maher, Associate Professor, are performing with Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre, January 31 – March 9, in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. Dr. Greer is also supervising an Intergenerational research study: “A grandparent, a grandchild, and a robot: Let’s cook!” in the Emotional Robotics Living Lab at UT Arlington this semester.

Laurie Land, Assistant Professor of Practice, is working with Fort Worth’s Stage West theatre, lending her talents to the Costume Design for the regional premiere of Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been…

Theatre Arts Design/Tech students Vinchenzo Locascio and Bianca Folgar won awards in lighting technology and scenic painting, respectively, at the USITT SW conference this past January at Texas State University, San Marcos.

Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp is serving a three-year appointment as UTA’s representative on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Drama Field of Study Advisory Committee in Austin.

The Maverick Theatre Company is producing the world premiere of Mary Rohde Scudday’s new play, Princess Mia, later this spring.  The play is directed by Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp., MTC Artistic Director. Professor Gaupp and Ms. Scudday have both been past Resident Company members of the Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center have worked on multiple new play development projects.

Michelle Harvey, Assistant Professor of Practice, provided the Scenic Design for Ella Enchanted at the Dallas Children’s Theatre and also served as the Scenic Designer and Technical Director for the Turtle Creek Chorale’s Christmas Concert Shimmer and Shine.

Associate Professor Dr. Anne Healy was recently a Guest Artist at the University of Northern Iowa where she directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Upcoming: in April she will be directing a musical at the Priscilla Beach Theatre in Plymouth, MA. Over the summer, Dr. Healy will be traveling to Rome and Florence for research for a new musical, will be in residence in Paris with American Musical Theatre Live Paris for masterclasses and a cabaret performance, and will be presenting a paper at the Song, Stage, and Screen conference in Leeds, UK.

Assistant Professor of Instruction and Maverick Theatre Company Playwright-in-Residence, Dr. Natalie Gaupp, is currently in development of her newest script, Prom Night #11,678. This dark, psychological thriller is slated for a summer 2019 premiere at Arts Fifth Avenue (produced by Fort Worth’s SceneShop). The play will feature UT Arlington Theatre Arts BFA in Performance alumni, Steven Cashion, and current Theatre Arts BFA in Performance student, Forrest Swanson.

Felicia Bertch, Assistant Professor of Instruction, was interviewed as one of DFW’s Thought Provoking Artists for Voyage Dallas Magazine’s Thought Provoker’s Series which was published online on January 9, 2019. She was also accepted into Something from Nothing, a Devised Theatre Intensive with Pig Iron Theatre Company, which she completed in January, including a performance of original devised theatre work in Philadelphia. She also modeled for three print shoots in the DFW area and filmed four commercials in the last two months, which are currently airing or in post-production. She was a featured actor in the short film, Tempestad, written and directed by UTA Film Department Professor Daniel Garcia, which has continued to screen and win awards around the world, most recently at The Angelika in Dallas. Theatre Arts Department Costume Studio Supervisor/Graphic Designer, Kris O’Brien, also worked on the film along with Professor Detra Payne and several UTA Theatre Arts students. Felicia also recently became a proud member of The Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Theatre Arts BA student, Straton Rushing, and Theatre Arts BFA in Performance student, Stephen Wykle, are featured in the premiere of Dynamic Arts Productions’ Red Cotton at Theatre Three (Dallas, TX), directed by Assistant Professor of Instruction, Detra Payne. In addition, Rushing’s new musical, The Weaver (written with Memphis-based composer Garrett Addington) is receive a workshop at OnStage (Bedford, TX) on April 27, and his play Ms. Delight is being performed at the Drama Desk-nominated Emerging Artists Theatre in New York City.




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