Patrick Bynane, Ph.D., professor and director of the TWU Theatre Program, was interviewed for a recent Zippia article on job trends in the performing arts. "Graduates in the arts are incredibly resilient and have a great passion for what they do. These are traits that will be extraordinarily useful in the our post-pandemic world," said Bynane.
"I also think that the skills that are learned in a performing or fine arts program are very transferable to other realms and that one of the things we will see as a result of the pandemic are interesting new applications of the skills learned in these programs."
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art recently announced its 2021 Carter Community Artists: Kalee Appleton, Brenda Ciardiello, Michelle Cortez Gonzales and Kasey Short. Every year, the Carter selects four local artists to assist with planning and leading programs on-site, off-site and virtually. Throughout 2021, these Carter Community Artists will bring their distinct points of view to events and projects as they make connections to the museum’s expansive collection, exhibitions and rich history with the local community.
Appleton is a Fort Worth-based artist and assistant professor of photography at Texas Christian University. She earned her BFA in Photography from Texas Tech University (2005) and MFA in Art from Texas Woman’s University (2014). Kalee is an experimental artist whose work deals with digital technologies and their effects on society, as well the theoretical aspects of contemporary landscape photography.
Kathleen Montes began her career as a music teacher, but when her father passed away from cancer, she realized music therapy was her true calling. While pursuing her Master of Music Therapy degree at TWU, Kathleen advocated for her own clinical training path in hospice care.
In November, a limited audience of TWU community members were treated to a free TWU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir performance in an unusual location: The third floor of the Oakland Street Parking Garage. The vocal ensembles, led by professor Joni Jensen, DMA, first made use of the open-air space for rehearsals and then decided to transform the spot into a unique, socially-distanced venue for “Untraveled Worlds.”
The Texas Woman's University Theatre Program presents its second show of the season, "Constellations;" a time-bending journey between a man and a woman that explores the infinite possibilities of an infinite universe.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program will open its fall season with an innovative and experimental take on the classics. “CarPark Sonnets: A Live, Drive-in Performance of Shakespearean Sonnets and Monologues,” invites patrons to experience live theatre from the safety and comfort of their own vehicle.
Texas Woman’s University graduate student Lindsay Hayward is generating a lot of buzz in the theatre community. Already an accomplished performer with more than 80 productions under her belt, Hayward can now add “award-winning playwright” to her extensive list of talents and achievements, which includes singing, dancing and stage combat.
Assistant professor of photography Meg Griffiths co-founded 'A Yellow Rose Project' to commemorate to the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. More than 100 women across the U.S. were invited to join in the photographic collaboration, which showcases works in response, reflection or reaction to the ratification of the woman suffrage movement milestone.
“I like to describe it as presenting an impossible puzzle to the audience which they are then invited to come and try to fix,” said Talia Gritzmacher, the assistant director for the Interactive Theatre Troupe at TWU. “What they find out, though, is it’s not about fixing — it’s about trying to learn as much as possible about a very complicated subject.”
While scrolling through Facebook in the weeks after City of Southlake employee Darlene Rubio's death, Hill came across a painting by artist Gayle Bunch of the nation's flag covered with words related to the pandemic. Bunch said the pandemic and her college professors at Texas Woman's University inspired her to paint the flag. "I loved when my instructors would have art that recorded history because they didn't have photographs," Bunch said. "So I got to thinking about how artists record, and I thought, well, this is a good time to do that. We're becoming so together as a nation from coast to coast. [The pandemic] made us more together than anything we've had in a long time."
The TWU Theatre Program’s 2020-2021 season launches with experimental formats, a quintessential Bernstein musical and a new take on a Greek classic. The season opens with CarPark Sonnets: A Live Drive-In Performance of Shakespearean Sonnets and Monologues, a new and playful take on The Bard’s classic sonnets and soliloquies.
Alexander Delacruz-Nunez is dead-set becoming a professional performer. However, he recognizes that due to COVID-19, he may have to put some of his goals on hold in order to get his bearings in the industry.
TWU Theatre student Olivia Andrade has been selected for a Texas Nonprofit Theatre (TNT) summer internship. Over 100 students apply for the opportunity annually, and only ten are invited to the TNT annual conference for a weekend of interviews, at which time four are selected to participate.
Graduating senior and Terry Scholar Olivia Arratia was one of 32 women from 20 universities who participated in the recent nationally recorded NFL Women’s Empowerment Draft of amazing women in history. Olivia and her counterparts wore a portrait of iconic women leaders on an NFL-style jersey, and each described the life and contributions of the woman featured on her jersey. Olivia paid tribute to Houston-born Selena, the “Queen of Tejano music.”
“It was a powerful experience,” said Olivia. “I hope this inspires women of all ages to achieve their dreams and fight for what is right. And what better school to represent (in this national project) than Texas Woman’s University.”
The Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by presenting its first virtual dance concert, “1200 Seconds.” The online event will feature 20 60-second dance solos in a digital video streaming format on Facebook Watch and Instagram TV Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
TWU chair of visual arts, Vagner Whitehead, Ph.D., and chair of biology, Juliet Spencer, Ph.D., weigh in on the challenges and triumphs their students and faculty have experienced while transitioning their labs and workshops online. “I expect to see breakthroughs for people who are restrained by the notion of what art should be,” said Whitehead. While the set up is less than ideal, Spencer has been impressed by how quickly students and teachers alike have been able to make the switch to an all virtual model.
Local university theater teachers and their students say the new discipline feels familiar and new all at once. For TWU Theatre director Patrick Bynane, an intimacy director doesn’t just help companies stage intimacy.
“They’re also providing what also what might be best referred to as an emotional safety net,” he said. “For the actors — and I suppose the director as well — [the intimacy director is there] so that there is an additional set of eyes to observe the process of staging a moment that involves moments of intimacy.
Texas Woman's University has launched its "Virtual Orchestra 2020" project to help musicians collaborate and make music together, even when they can't be in the same room.
"Like many of you, we find ourselves suddenly unable to meet together and rehearse, and we do not know how long this situation will last.
We've decided to take inspiration from Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Project, and create our own virtual orchestra, as a way to make music with one another, and we'd like to invite other musicians to join us," said Sam Flippin, project organizer and TWU Orchestra Director.
The project will start with “Adoration,” a piece written by American composer Florence Price, and arranged for string orchestra by Elaine Fine.
If you are a string player and interested in being a part of this project, visit the TWU Virtual Orchestra website for more information.
Sometimes, surprises aren’t just big, they’re transformational, too.
And for Caroline Deitch, whose outstanding academic credentials put her near the top of her senior class at McKinney High School, the surprise was a full-ride scholarship to Texas Woman’s University.
The Denton Record-Chronicle covers the TWU Theatre production These Shining Lives, a true story about workers harmed by an unprincipled employer. Guest directors Susan Carol Davis and Sharon Barnhill lead the show.
The Texas Woman’s University Concert Choir has been selected to perform at the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Centennial Clinic/Convention Feb. 13 in San Antonio. TWU is one of only two collegiate choral ensembles invited to perform out of more than 150 entries.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens its spring 2020 season with “These Shining Lives,” the story of one woman’s courageous fight for justice and workplace rights. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus.
Texas Woman’s theatre student Alexander Delacruz-Nunez felt drawn to acting from an early age, but convinced himself that his hearing disability would prevent him from becoming an effective performer.
Martheya Nygaard and YeaJean Choi, former classmates in the dance program at Texas Woman’s University, founded kNOwBOX last year when they weren’t sure where their respective careers would take them and wanted to keep collaborating. Using film, video and social media, they want to help dance artists transcend geography and expand their imaginations. Lovers of dance can glimpse kNOwBOX’s dream of the future in Oak Cliff Dec. 13-15.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program continues its 2019-2020 season with the world premiere of “The Architecture of Loss” Nov. 20-24. The production will integrate elements theatre, dance and music to explore and express feelings of loss, grief and healing in the aftermath of death.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens its 2019-2020 season with William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Directed by associate professor Steven Young, “Macbeth” tells the tragic tale of a warrior who receives a prophecy that he will become the king of Scotland.
Texas Woman’s University alumna Nitashia Johnson recently completed her residency in the 2019 Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Award Program, which included $25,000 in grant money, $5,000 in film and photography gear as well as mentorship, networking, exhibition and educational opportunities.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program will conclude its 2018-2019 season with the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret, written by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show will run April 4-7 and 11-13.
The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts invites area residents to join students, faculty and staff for ArtsWalk: Learning the Land. Event participants will interact with works by artist and designer Molly Sherman and explore sites on TWU’s Denton campus and surrounding areas. This free, all-ages event will be held from 5:15 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens the Spring 2019 semester with Emilie: La Marquise de Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, written by America’s most produced contemporary playwright, Lauren Gunderson.
Texas Woman’s University invites children, teens and adults to register for Spring 2019 Community Music and Community Dance Center lessons. Classes are taught by faculty members or graduate students at TWU’s Denton campus and include introductory, intermediate and advanced courses, culminating in a recital performed for an audience of friends and family.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program continues its 2018-2019 Season with Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, directed by associate professor Steven Young. Performances will take place Nov. 14-18 in the Redbud Theater Complex. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The Saturday matinee will be a pay-what-you-can performance.
The Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts will host its annual John Weinkein Juried Student Art Exhibition Oct. 13-Nov. 16 on TWU’s Denton campus. The exhibition will feature works by current TWU students from the studio arts, graphic design, art education and art history programs.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens its 2018-2019 Season with The Birds. Written by Conor McPherson, The Birds was adapted for the stage from Daphne du Maurier’s novelette published in 1952 – the same novella that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film.
Hannah Werchan, a 22-year-old senior art student at Texas Woman’s University, won first prize and $10,000 in the Kennedy Center’s 2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition, a program that recognizes and showcases the work of artists with disabilities between ages 16-25. Her winning painting, "Growth," is an impressionistic self-portrait that conveys her experience living with Stickler Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Kamica King uses music to inspire and help people through some of the most difficult times of their lives.
Texas Woman's University Music Professor Richard Shuster, DMA, has a special attachment to Hungary and, in particular, with the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In January 2019, he will head to the academy to teach piano literature courses on a Fulbright Scholar Grant. This isn't his first experience at the school or with the Fulbright program, however. Twenty years ago, Shuster studied piano and chamber music at the prestigious school on a Fulbright Student Grant.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program’s 2018-2019 season will feature a stage version of a classic thriller, an epic drama lambasting the contradictions of war, a passionate examination of love and science, and a raucous Broadway masterpiece. All performances will take place in TWU’s Redbud Theatre Complex, located on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall on the university’s Denton campus. Tickets for all shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program concludes its 2017-2018 theatre season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. TWU Theatre program director Patrick Bynane, Ph.D., will direct. The production runs April 18-22, 2018.
The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts invites area residents to join students, faculty and staff for ArtsWalk: Emerging Stories. Event participants will explore new perspectives in adaptive spaces around the TWU library fountain, in Redbud Theater Complex room 204, and in the Dance-Gymnastics Laboratory Building (DGL). This free, all-ages event will be held on TWU’s Denton campus from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5.
The Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts will host two digital art exhibitions in conjunction with the 2018 North Texas Digital Fabrication Symposium in April. Artists, researchers, makers and students will gather at TWU’s Denton campus to discuss digital fabrication in practice, theory and curation, while also showcasing artworks that consider the ways in which new technologies are reconnecting society with humanity.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program kicks off its spring semester with The Long Christmas Ride Home, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel and directed by Noah Lelek, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre at TWU. Set during an emotionally tumultuous journey, this production daringly mixes the Western theatrical tradition with Japanese bunraku-style puppetry. The production runs Feb. 21-25.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program continues its 2017-2018 season with Jean-Baptiste Racine’s Phaedra. TWU welcomes guest director Lydia Mackay, an esteemed actor and director who has worked in a number of Dallas-Fort Worth theaters and playhouses, including Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Theatre Three and Amphibian Stage Productions. The production runs Nov. 15-19.
The Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University has announced the completion of a new digital research studio, as well as a multipurpose project space, located in the Visual Arts Building on TWU’s Denton campus. The fall semester also kicks off with the opening of The End and The Beginning, an intermedia exhibition featuring the work of four national artists, on display until Oct. 15, 2017 in TWU’s East | West Galleries.
The Texas Woman’s University Drama Program and the Department of Music and Drama have received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to change their official titles to the Theatre Program and the Department of Music and Theatre.
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