Amanda Jackson, Dance Area Head, was choreographer in residence at San Jacinto College in Houston and taught a master class at the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival.

Dance Faculty Amanda Jackson, Whitney Coleman Talbot, and Meredith Knight Treminio performed choreography by UTA dance student, Megan Medina at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival.

Meredith Knight Treminio, Assistant Professor of Instruction, is choreographing for and performing in Dallas Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker on December 13-15.

Dr. Katherine Noone, Assistant Professor of Instruction in Voice/Musical Theatre, recently led and taught the Musical Theatre session at International Music Camp in Canada this past July.  She also maintains a professional voice studio here in DFW and is excited to music direct Ragtime this fall here at UTA!

Felicia Bertch, Assistant Professor of Instruction, enjoyed three weeks of the summer studying the Pedagogy of the Mask in Padova, Italy with her former LeCoq Teacher, Paola Coletto. She was pleased to share this learning experience alongside Assistant Professor of Instruction, Detra Payne. She also trained with Shakespeare and Company and participated in the National Alliance of Acting Teachers’ annual Congress in NYC. Additionally, she taught an Ensemble and Devising Master Class in Los Angeles. Artistically, Felicia filmed three commercials and a short film over the summer. In August she devised and directed an original show, Poker Face, in the Chicago area. And most recently, in September, she led an ensemble of UTA undergraduates and graduates in performing an original devised show, Mask Magic, at the Fort Worth Fringe Festival, the second year the UTA Maverick Theatre Company has represented at the Festival. The ensemble included: Bridget Anderson, Adrian Arteaga, Chris Chavira, Jeremy Claycamp, Paulie Cocke, Jordan Cox, Tucker Dean, Darrion Dockins, Kyle Dodd, Darcy Doyle, Brian Hughes, Jordan La Grenade, Cole Lucas, Savannah Lyons, Leslie Navarro, Shelby Plummer, Mario Ramirez Bortolini, Natalie Reyes, Straton Rushing, Zakk Shortes, Cole Shuffield, Lindsey Sinopoli, and Marsela Torres.

Dr. Anne Healy, associate professor, recently worked with American Musical Theatre Live! Paris as a teaching artist, as well as presented a paper at the Song, Stage, and Screen Conference at the University of Leeds, UK.

Julienne Greer, Assistant Professor, is presenting research papers in California and New Delhi, India on social robotics and theatre integration and performed in Fort Worth’s DNAWorks Theatre Collective reading of “Dreaming Emmett” by Toni Morrison.

Assistant Professor Julienne Greer received the UTA College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Tenure-Track Faculty.

Assistant Professor of Instruction Detra Payne received the UTA College of Liberal Arts Wright Accolade Award.

Jordan La Grenade, Theatre Arts sophomore, will be the theatre arts research assistant for UTAs Interdisciplinary Research Program for 2019-2020.

Ashley Tysor was in the ensemble of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying this July at Summer Stock Austin.  Ashley was in the GPACS Little Mermaid ensemble and acted as dance captain.

Maverick Theatre Company members Megan DuChene, Sydney Hamil, and Ashley Tysor are participating in a week-long musical theatre intensive with American Musical Theatre Live Paris!  This week-long summer musical theatre intensive will include a variety of professional training sessions in vocal technique and interpretation, song coaching, applied acting techniques, movement and voice work and rehearsal to prepare a performance at one of our acclaimed Soirées along the Seine.  Dr. Anne Healy, Associate Professor and Area Head of Musical Theatre was a 2019 Summer Visiting Associate Teaching Artist.  Students are also participating in various cultural events: Behind-the-scenes tour of Opéra national de Paris – Palais Garnier, shows at Thêatre Marigny, and Comédie Musicale.  See photos at the bottom of this post.

Dr. Natalie Gaupp performed in this year’s Fort Worth Fringe Festival in a production of Tennessee Williams’ I can’t Imagine Tomorrow.

Assistant Professor of Instruction Felicia Bertch took students Bridget Anderson, Adrian Arteaga, Felicia Bertch, Chris Chavira, Jeremy Claycamp, Paulie Cocke, Jordan Cox, Tucker Dean, Darrion Dockins, Kyle Dodd, Darcy Doyle, Brian Hughes, Jordan La Grenade, Cole Lucas, Savannah Lyons, Leslie Navarro, Mario Ramirez, Natalie Reyes, Zakk Shortes, Cole Shuffield, and Marsela Torres to Fort Worth’s Fringe Festival in their performance of Masked Magic.

Alumnus Andrew Wheeler has won two awards from the Minnesota Fringe Festival for his one-person performance “Booth’s Ghost”,  Professor Dennis Maher will serve as Dramaturg for the play’s sequel, which deals with the Astor Place Riot.

Alumna Genese Davis is an award-winning best-selling author.

Alumnae Melanie Mason, Heather Moore and Amanda Halupnik are part of the award-winning audio book narration company The Voices in Our Heads; their work is currently on the Audible Best-Seller List.

Adjunct Professor Lizz Bashore directed She Kills Monsters at Mountain View College Theatre Department.

Adjunct Professor Claudia P. Orcasitas has been selected to attend and present her research at The 2020 American Dance Platform Symposium in New York in January 2020.


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