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Theatre student takes the virtual stage at Spring 2020 commencement

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.

Olivia Andrade selected for Texas Nonprofit Theatre summer internship

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 Olivia Arratia participates in NFL's 'Women's Empowerment Draft'

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.”

TWU Dance presents virtual dance concert ‘1200 Seconds’ April 24

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. 

Science and art amid a crisis

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.

Up close & personal: Educators consider how intimacy direction will shape school theater programs

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. 

TWU Music's Sam Flippin invites string players to join Virtual Orchestra

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.

TWU’s top scholarship awarded to McKinney HS senior

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.

Incandescent: 'Shining Lives' recalls women behind landmark case

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. 

TWU choir to perform at music educators’ centennial convention

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.

TWU Theatre presents ‘These Shining Lives’

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. 

TWU theatre student finds independence in community

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.

TWU dance alumni and kNOwBOX co-founders launch podcast, present film festival

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. 

TWU Theatre presents ‘The Architecture of Loss’

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.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Macbeth’

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.

TWU alumna Nitashia Johnson wins Sony Creator-in-Residence Award

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.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Cabaret’

 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.

TWU presents ArtsWalk: Learning the Land April 4

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.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight’

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.

Music and dance centers offer supportive environments for lifelong education

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.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’

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. 

TWU Theatre presents ‘The Birds’

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. 

TWU student wins top prize in national art contest for people with disabilities

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.

Alumna Kamica King offers healing and hope through the power of music

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 music professor earns third Fulbright grant

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.

TWU Theatre announces 2018-2019 season

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. 

TWU Theatre presents a comedy about the end of the world

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.

TWU presents ArtsWalk: Emerging Stories April 5

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.

Visual Arts ‘humanizes the digital’ with upcoming exhibitions and symposium

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.

Theatre Program presents ‘The Long Christmas Ride Home’

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.

Theatre Program presents ‘Phaedra’

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.

Visual Arts adds new spaces, exhibits work from four national intermedia artists

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.

Texas Woman’s Drama Program becomes Theatre Program

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.

Department of Visual Arts to host annual student art exhibition

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.

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