Meet the cast of JuCoby Johnson’s exciting new play …but you could’ve held my hand, which utilizes a blend of different artistic mediums to explore a range of complex themes. Directed by Braxton Rae, this unique production focuses on four friends who meet as children. Little do they know, they will become the center of each other’s lives for decades to come. Jumping through time, we see these people only during important life moments such as prom, funerals, weddings, anniversaries and even divorces. …but you could’ve held my hand uses dance, music and poetry to explore sexuality, gender, race, love and blackness in a beautiful meditation on how love manifests in our lives as we experience life’s ups and downs.
At the beginning of the summer, while many students and faculty travelled home for the break or set off on much anticipated vacations, faculty member Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and nine students embarked on a different journey. Together, they travelled to Mexico City for a month-long Maymester course entitled Engaging the Arts as Audience – Mexican Arts and Youth, where they studied the breathtaking artwork of Mexican artists and the impact of arts education on children in Mexico City. We recently sat down with Schroeder-Arce to get an inside look at the program, from mask-making to soaking in the local art scene through various exhibits, performances and rehearsals.
Summer may be winding down, but our faculty, students and alumni are staying busy with creative ventures around the country and the world. In our second summer update, we’re recapping the many ways our UT Theatre and Dance artists are finishing out the summer months with exciting projects, from conference presentations and performances to research and fieldwork.