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Art and design take center stage at Circle of Light

Holiday festivals on the Texas Woman's University campus have gone through a few incarnations and themes over the years, but this year's Circle of Light is a celebration of art and design.

The Children of the Queen's Writ weekend performances postponed

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the weekend performances of TWU Theatre's The Children of the Queen's Writ have been postponed to Dec. 2-4. Tickets for those performances will go on sale on Saturday, Nov. 19. Performance dates and ticket information are shown below.

Tickets for The Children of the Queen's Writ are $10 for adults, including TWU faculty and staff, and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.

New performances dates and times:

  • Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.

TWU Theatre takes hard look at entertainment and exploitation

Exploitation of children is part and parcel of human history. But imagine a world where indentured child labor did not take place behind the closed doors of sweatshops, but out in the open, on stage for public consumption. Where children could be scooped up off the street and put to work. And where the law did not turn a blind eye to such exploitation but actually sanctioned it.

This is the world of The Children of the Queen's Writ, the second play of the Texas Woman's University's theatre division's 2022-23 season. The play runs Nov. 16-20 at TWU's Redbud Theatre Complex on the north side of Hubbard Hall.

This is my personal life

Brenna Petersen, a junior theatre major at TWU, has been in or around theatre most of her life and is closing in on 20 shows on her resume. Coming off co-starring in TWU's season-opening play, The Effect, she's rehearsing for a Shakespearean-era play, The Children of the Queen's Writ. Petersen is also currently in Scrooge! The Musical for the North Texas Performing Arts. For that production, she's assistant director. And costume coordinator.

Doesn't leave much time for a personal life. She laughs at that.

"This is my personal life," Petersen said.

Holiday festival returns to TWU

After a three-year pandemic-related hiatus, a holiday celebration returns to the Texas Woman's University's campus on Dec. 6, 2022. The five divisions of TWU's School of Arts & Design – dance, fashion, music, theatre, and visual arts – are joining forces to create the Circle of Light, an art-themed festival in and around Pioneer Circle between the Visual Arts Building and the Music Building. The Circle of Light will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Tickets on sale for TWU theatre world premiere

Tickets are on sale for The Children of the Queen's Writ, a world premiere play that is the second production of Texas Woman's University's division of theatre's 2022-23 season.

TWU Theatre opens season with The Effect

TWU's Division of Theatre opens the 2022-23 season with The Effect, which runs Oct. 12-16 at TWU’s Redbud Theater. The play is about two students falling in love during a clinical trial for a new anti-depressant and trying to understand if their feelings are real or a product of the drugs.

TWU Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season

Two volunteers in a clinical drug trial for a new antidepressant deal with the ramifications of their newly awakened emotions in The Effect, a play by Lucy Prebble that will open the 2022-23 season of the Texas Woman’s University’s Theatre program.

The 2022-23 season will consist of four plays.

TWU Theatre presents 'Until the Flood' by Dael Orlandersmith

Texas Woman's University Theatre Program presents our third show of the season, Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith and directed by Associate Professor Dr. Noah Lelek.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Every Human: Tales of the Unanswerable’

The Texas Woman's University Division of Theatre opens the season with “Every Human: Tales of the Unanswerable,” adapted and directed by Associate Professor Steven Young. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors

Texas Woman’s Theatre Program announces 2021-2022 season

The TWU Theatre Program’s 2021-2022 season features a modern take on a classic drama, a new spin on a seasonal favorite, a resonant exploration of race and policing in America, and a farce in verse that will leave you smiling.

TWU Theatre presents 'Hot n' Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration'

The Texas Woman's University Department of Music and Theatre presents "Hot n’ Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!" April 22-25. You are invited to listen to the timeless classics of Cole Porter during an unforgettable evening under the stars. All performances will take place outdoors on the Margo Jones Performance Hall steps.

Patrick Bynane, PhD, weighs in on job market trends for recent grads

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."

TWU Theatre presents ‘Constellations’

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.

CBS DFW: Theatre group at TWU takes the stage... in a parking lot

TWU Theatre presents live, drive-in drama with ‘CarPark Sonnets’

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.

Grad student’s plays win big on national, international stage

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.

Spectrum News: TWU's Interactive Theatre Troupe takes a look at awkward situations

“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.”

The show must go on: TWU Theatre announces 2020-2021 season

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.

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. 

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