Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

February 2019

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Kerry Bechtel recently designed the costumes for Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roofat Unity Theatre, in Brenham, TX. This production marks the 10th collaboration between Bechtel and the professional theater company.

January 2019

  • Professor of Theatre John Ore designed the dance lighting for Georgetown Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Ore also mentored Matt Murphy, class of 2019, Sam Bruno, class of 2020, and Andrew Snyder, class of 2021, who served as support technicians on this holiday classic performed in Alma Thomas Theater.

December 2018

  • Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal is the scenic designer for A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast, produced by Penfold Theatre of Austin. The setting is the fictional KPNF radio station, where dozens of characters bring to life the Dickens masterpiece A Christmas Carol. A small company of virtuosic voice actors and live foley sound effects reminiscent of A Prairie Home Companion recreate the images and sounds of this Christmas classic.

November 2018

  • Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal was scenic designer for John Patrick Shanley’s play Doubt: A Parable, produced by City Theatre of Austin. The play was directed by Professor Emeritus Rick Roemer. Set in 1964, the play depicts a strict nun challenging the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and her faith when she accuses a popular priest of doing something inappropriate with a student in their school.

  • Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal received a nomination for Best Scenic Design of a Drama 2018 by Broadway World-Austin. His scenic design of Florian Zeller’s Molière Award-winning play The Father questioned the truth and the nature of reality as dementia disrupts the child-parent relationship.

July 2018

  • Professor of Theatre John Ore served as director of the 10th annual Tal Lostracco Theatre Camp at Southwestern. This year, 83 campers and 29 staff participated in the two-week residential summer camp from July 8 to 22, culminating in one-act productions of Diramuid and GrainneThe Miracle WorkerGrub-Street OperaMr. Burns: A Post-Electric Playand Equus.

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola presented a paper titled “‘Lucrezia Borgia’s Performances at the Este Court” at the seventh Kings and Queens Conference, “Ruling Sexualities: Sexuality, Gender, and the Crown,” at the University of Winchester in the United Kingdom, July 913, 2018.

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola was an NEH Summer Scholar, having participated in the 2018 Summer Seminars and Institutes Program: Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Georgia in Athens, June 1729.

May 2018

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal was nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award for Best Scenic Design for his design of Trinity Theatre’s production of Florian Zeller’s The Father, directed by Professor Emeritus of Theatre Rick Roemer and produced by David Jarrott Productions. The Father is a tragi-comedy mystery, which takes a sobering and realistic look at family dynamics using unsentimental and emotionally charged scenes. The audience experiences the confusion of dementia as seen through the eyes of a man living through the physical and psychological loss of self. The incremental vanishing and reappearing scenic elements provided a poignant commentary on what is and is not real.

April 2018

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Kerry Bechtel recently designed the costumes for Unity Theatre’s production of Becky’s New Car in Brenham, Texas. Bechtel has been working with Unity Theatre, a professional theatre company located in historic Brenham, for the past 8 years. This production runs through May 6, 2018.