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Performance Opportunities

Below is a list of performance opportunities that are unique to UTA!


The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts and its Maverick Theatre Company have a nearly 30-year history of producing new or recently premiered theatrical works through readings, showcases, and fully staged productions. MavPlays was developed as the focal point for new play production of these works on a regular basis. MavPlays is a creative research laboratory for the initiation, development, and production of new works for the Western theatrical canon. The plays selected are written by resident faculty playwrights, UTA student playwrights, and by external playwrights. Some of these student works are also produced in the MavLab production venue. For audition information, please visit the audition page.

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Past MavPlays…

100 BRAINS by Resident Playwright & Assistant Professor of Instruction Dr. Natalie Gaupp & directed by Prof. Andrew Christopher Gaupp. Pictured from left to right: Isaiah McInnis, Stephanie Oustalet, Forrest Swanson, &, on floor, Cole Lucas.

HELIOS 24/7 written & directed by Resident Playwright & Assistant Professor of Instruction Dr. Natalie Gaupp. Pictured from left to right: Rachel Glass, Assistant Professor Dr. Julienne Greer, & Eugene Chandler.

DOGWOOD written & directed by Resident Playwright & Assistant Professor of Instruction Seraphina Nova. Pictured from left to right: Sam Bullington & Associate Professor Joe Chapa.

SOME OF THE DAYS written & directed by Resident Playwright & Assistant Professor of Instruction Dr. Natalie Gaupp. Pictured from left to right: Bradley Atuba & Assistant Professor of Instruction Detra Payne.

Theatre Arts Teaching Lab

The Theatre Arts Teaching Lab (TATL) is a collaborative, creative opportunity for directors, designers, and actors within a laboratory theatre setting. TATL allows faculty and students the opportunity to explore a variety of creative theatre activities, which support their academic goals and research initiatives. The laboratory environment brings together experienced faculty, student directors, actors, and technical design teams, providing the opportunity to experiment in the theatre to expand their knowledge and experience in the Theater Arts. TATL is a free space for UTA Theatre artists to perform unique, thought provoking, and engaging theatre.

All potential directors must submit a script request, fill out the directing proposal, and attach a copy of their proposed play or production project for review by the play selection committee. Once the plays and/or creative works have been read and discussions regarding the TATL season have taken place, directors will be notified if their proposed play or production project will be produced. All student directors and faculty are encouraged to submit proposals.

Flight 12 Improv

Full of zany moments and stepped-in-fun, Maverick Theatre Company’s Flight 12 Improv has a style that’s always outrageous and never stale! This 12 member troupe features students from UTA and is directed by Senior Lecturer, Laurel Whitsett. Flight 12 entertains with original sketches, long and short -form improvisation and audience participation. Auditions for the troupe will take place during the fall semester and consist of Improv games and interviews.

Maverick Dance Company

Maverick Dance Company (MDC) is a contemporary-based performance group that creates and presents new, progressive dance works for the concert stage. Directors, choreographers, and performers of MDC work collaboratively to create choreography that encompasses many viewpoints. MDC members may also choose to deepen their understanding of choreography with faculty mentoring and development of original works. MDC presents two formal dance concerts each year, participates in on and off campus events, and is venturing into realms of multi-media and site performance. Students must be enrolled in a Dance Performance course to be considered for casting. For audition information, please visit the audition page.

UTA’s Maverick Dance Company is available to perform at most events or venues. Please contact the company’s director, Amanda Jackson at for more information.


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Special Projects

Heal the Divide

In the spring of 2018, UTA Department of Theatre Arts presented HEAL THE DIVIDE ON CAMPUS – PLAY READINGS.  The 10 minute plays and monologues that were performed were written by current students, Ta’Nisha Allen, Straton Rushing, Jorge Fuentes, and alumni, Erin Turner.

The UTADepartment of Theatre Arts, along with 5 other universities around the country, participated in creating short plays that reflect the concerns of this generation. The reading consisted of the UTA student plays, all read by students from the department.

If you’d like to find out more about what Heal The Divide On Campus is, please visit the the Heal the Divide website.  If you are interested in participating in this year’s Heal the Divide, please contant Detra Payne at

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Culture Buzz: Heal the Divide on Campus

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