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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. 

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. 

NBC 5 DFW: TWU student actor prepares to take the stage despite hearing loss

In just a week, a cast of 14 students at Texas Woman’s University will take to the stage for their debut of ‘These Shining Lives.’ Among them is an actor overcoming all odds, working alongside a cast he often can’t hear.

Alex Delacruz-Nunez was born with progressive hearing loss. He said he was diagnosed as a toddler, and doctors told his mother he’d gradually lose his hearing as he aged. As a senior in college, he can hear some though he struggles with certain notes and vocal registers.   

“It’s like the sounds hitting me, but I’m not processing it,” said Delacruz-Nunez.

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 theater invents play to dive deep into 'Loss'

The latest production on the Texas Woman’s University stage doesn’t come from a script. It borrows from the real life of directors Noah Lelek and Ilana Morgan, a TWU theater class and the actors performing the play.

Lelek said the play has worked like a collaboration. The cast shows up for rehearsals ready for the unexpected and primed to solve problems that can arise when you’re creating a story each day. It pushes students out of the comfort zone of preparation. They can’t memorize lines before each rehearsal because the dialogue changes. They can’t map out every move because Morgan is leading them in building dance and movement for each rehearsal.

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.

Jill Wheeler brings children’s musical theatre to Denton’s center stage

Jill Wheeler, an undergraduate theatre student at Texas Woman’s University and owner of Curtain Call Productions, is rewriting the script for children’s musical theatre. Rather than borrowing pages from musical theatre standbys like Matilda or You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wheeler creates original musicals for her students, allowing for more focus on each individual and their unique talents.

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 alumna Angela Brooks named 'Woman of Distinction'

Each year, the Girl Scouts of Central Texas honor women who have shown themselves to be outstanding members of their community. This year, five women, including TWU Theatre alumna Angela Brooks, were honored at a banquet on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Brooks is the owner of San Angelo Broadway Academy, a choreographer and the director for various programs in the Concho Valley. She created the first youth performing arts program in San Angelo featuring all three aspects of theater: acting, dance and vocal performance. Brooks developed the first competitive dance team in San Angelo, which has won three national titles. In ten years, Brooks’ theater program has grown to impact over 4,200 students per year, including in-house students and those attending school day and educational programming.

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.

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