As another academic year ends, our 2023 UTeach Theatre graduates finished their college careers as student teachers this past spring. They’ve spent months blocking scenes, assisting with curriculum and encouraging students to be the truest, most creative versions of themselves. Our UTeach grads learned first-hand that teaching is more than just sharing information – teachers serve as support systems and role models for the next generation of creative thinkers, artists and future educators. We spoke with a few of our 2023 UTeach Theatre grads about the lessons they learned in the classroom and the advice that carried them through their months of student teaching.
Spells of the Sea, a swashbuckling tale of adventure and self-discovery, recently closed its whimsical, energy-filled world premiere. The musical for young audiences celebrates exploration, perseverance and the power of personal connection. Finley Frankfurter, a 15-year-old fisherwoman, is guided by grumpy lighthouse keeper H.S. Crank on a quest for the mysterious Elixir of Life. Created by Guinevere “Gwenny” Govea (B.A. in Theatre and Dance and Bachelor of Journalism, 2021) and Anna Pickett (B.S. in Applied Learning and Development), this show has constantly evolved, from its inception as a podcast in The Cohen New Works Festival to a season production with the Metro Theater Company. The artistic journey behind this original work has seen the pair navigate the transformative tides of creative expression, growing as writers, directors, performers and friends.
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.