For fifteen years this spring, UTNT (UT New Theatre) has served as a springboard for emerging playwrights to explore their newest works on stage. On the outside, UTNT serves as a showcase for these new plays in their infancy, before many of them go on to premiere across the country. On the inside, the fruits of UTNT’s collaborative rehearsal process extend far beyond a single performance. In celebration of its fifteenth season, we are exploring UTNT’s history of fostering experimentation, creative collaboration and hands-on new play development, through the eyes of its playwriting alumni.
The UTeach Theatre program prides itself on fostering collaborative, creative and adaptive educators who are ready to influence the next generation of artists. With the landscape of educational theatre shifting before them in spring of 2020, the B.F.A. in Theatre Education graduates were armed with these skills, stepping into roles that were not only new to them but also new to the educational world. Not to be deterred, the UTeach Theatre class of 2020 celebrated a 100% job placement rate for students applying at Texas schools, spreading their knowledge to elementary, middle and high schools across the state, with some graduates branching out to campuses across the country. Back in December, we caught up with UTeach Theatre alumni Miranda Perkins and Tori Husting following thier first semester of teaching, discussing their experiences navigating this new educational landscape and their advice for future teachers stepping into these roles.
We recently interviewed 2020 Latino Media & Arts Studies Senior Thesis Award winner and recent B.A. in Theatre and Dance graduate Ariane Stier. Her project, “Mírame: Deconstructing Latina Representation and Empowerment in Performance,” takes a critical look at the film and theatre industry’s representation of Latinas and advocates for more truthful, complex Latinx characters. Stier discussed her process and plans for the project, as well as her inspirations and goals as a theatre artist who is eager to amplify the voices of those who have been historically silenced.