Spring 2016

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Kerry Bechtel worked with both Unity Theatre in Brenham, Texas and Main Street Theatre in Houston, Texas this Spring. Kerry designed the costumes for a production of Unity Theatre’s The Miss Firecracker Contest in February and designed the costumes for Main Street’s TYA production of Harriet the Spy, which opens on April 12, 2016. Both productions were completed under professional contracts with United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Fall 2015

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Kerry Bechtel designed a three-show summer repertory season of Chicago, Ring of Fire and Big Fish with the Alpine Theatre Project, Montana’s premiere regional theatre company in Whitefish, Montana. 

Fall 2014

  • Desiderio Roybal, Associate Professor of Theatre, designed the stage scenery for the play, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily” at the Austin Playhouse in Austin Texas. The show runs November 21 through December 21, 2014. He is also designing the stage scenery for “She Stoops to Conquer” at the Austin Playhouse in Austin, Texas. The show runs February 13 through March 15, 2015. 

  • Rick Roemer, professor of theatre, has been hired as a guest artist actor for the regional premiere of “Love and Information,” which will be performed at St. Edward’s University Sept. 25-Oct. 5. The play, which was written by Caryl Churchill, just had a smash hit run at the highly acclaimed New York Theatre Workshop. Read more here.

  • Three faculty members from Southwestern attended the 17th annual Mediterranean Studies Congress held May 28-31 at the University of Malaga in Marbella, Spain. Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history, presented a paper titled “Ramadan on the Rhone: Muslims and Christians in Secular France.” Sergio Costola, associate professor of theatre, presented a paper titled “London’s Venice and Shylock’s Rialto” and Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, presented a paper titled “Mediterranean Mishpocha: The 2010-14 Uprising(s) of the Mediterranean Peoples.”

Spring 2014

  • Kerry Bechtel, associate professor of theatre, designed the costumes for the Unity Theatre’s production of “Almost Maine,” which runs from February 13 - March 2.

  • Sergio Costola, associate professor of theatre, and Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, co-authored an essay titled “Shylock’s Venice and the Grammar of the Modern City,” that was accepted in a forthcoming collection of essays, Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance: Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition, edited by Michele Marrapodi, to be published by Ashgate in late 2014 or early 2015. Their essay suggests that Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice shows how Jews and other foreigners − such as John Florio, a contemporary of Shakespeare − were alienated in London, as well as in Venice.    

Spring 2013

  • Rick Roemer, professor of theatre, will act, direct and produce three local productions this semester. At Austin Playhouse, he will play the role of Lyman in Other Desert Cities, which will run from Jan. 25-Feb. 24. The award-winning play by Jon Robin Baitz is a powerful drama about a family coming to terms with long-held secrets. In April, he will play The Albert’s in the world premiere of Steven Dietz’s play Mad Beat Hip & Gone at Zach Scott Theatre, and in May he will direct and produce the musical song cycle Bittersuite: Songs of Experience for the Trinity Street Players.

Fall 2012

  • Kerry Bechtel, associate professor of theatre, designed the costumes for the Unity Theatre’s production of The Philadelphia Story,” which ran from Sept. 20-Oct. 7.

Spring 2012

  • Rick Roemer, professor of theatre, is playing the role of Sir Toby Belch in Austin Shakespeare’s production of “Twelfth Night,” which will run from May 3-27. The play is part of the free Shakespeare in the Park series held at Zilker Park. For more information, visit From July 17-Sept. 2, Roemer will perform in the musical Xanadu at Zach Scott Theatre with SU graduate Jill (Crowley) Blackwood.

  • Theatre Professor Rick Roemer and five students have been invited to give a concert on Thursday, Feb. 9, as part of the noon “Brown Bag Luncheon Concert Series” sponsored by the Lakeway Chamber of Commerce. They will be singing songs from the musical theatre repertoire.

Spring 2011

  • Desiderio Roybal, Associate Professor of Theatre, designed scenery, costumes, lighting and make-up for “A Beckett Cabaret” at the 2011, Austin Fringe Festival. One of the plays in the Cabaret, Krapp’s Last Tape, was restaged in Plovdiv, Bulgaria August 4, 2011

  • Theatre Professor Rick Roemer is starring in the Austin Playhouse production of “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off,” which runs April 22-May 22. Music Professor Oliver Worthington is musical director for the play and musical theatre student Hannah Rose has a role in the play, along with 2009 graduate Emily Everidge. For more information, visit the Austin Playhouse website.

  • Kerry Bechtel, associate professor of theatre, designed the costumes for “Souvenir,” which runs through February at the Unity Theatre in Brenham.

  • Theatre Professor Rick Roemer is playing the role of Lady Bracknell in the Austin Playhouse production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The production runs through Feb. 13. For reservations, call 512-476-0084 or go here. Southwestern graduates Hans Venable and Jessica Colley Mitchell also are involved with the production, along with SU Technical Director Don Day.

  • Several Southwestern students and faculty members are involved with the Fourthworld Theatre Projects production of “A Samuel Beckett Cabaret,” which will be performed at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin Jan. 19-30. Tickets for the performance are $14 and are available online at

Fall 2010

  • Theatre professor Rick Roemer’s book, Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company was reissued in May 2010 with a soft cover. Originally published in 1998, the book chronicles the life and career of American actor, director and playwright Charles Ludlam, and offers a critical analysis of Ludlam’s 29 plays.

Spring 2010

  • The Theatre Department at Southwestern is sponsoring a New York Theatre trip April 1-5. The trip includes the best available seats to three Broadway musicals, round-trip coach class airfare from Austin to Newark via DFW on American Airlines, airport-hotel transfers by private motor coach, four nights at the Edison Hotel (228 W 47th St.,) and all taxes and bell-staff gratuities at the hotel. The three musicals trip participants will see are Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” starring Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones, “Promises, Promises” starring Sean Hayes of Will & Grace and Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, and Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in the premiere of “The Addams Family.”   For more information, visit their web site
    or call 512-863-1548.