Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

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.

February 2018

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal designed the stage setting for Frank Zeller’s play, The Father, produced by DJ Productions in Austin, TX. The director of the production is SU Professor Emeritus of Theatre Rick Roemer. The production runs through early March. The Fatherexplores family dynamics as we all age. As life expectancies lengthen, so do the social and economic repercussions of an aging population, not the least of which is the effect of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s on families and caregivers. With the inevitable and trying parent-child role reversals, the non-linear structure of the script thrusts the audience headlong into the world of Andre, the father, to wonder, ”What is true, what is reality?”

January 2018

  • Professor of Theatre John Ore designed the lighting and served as stage manager for Arts Avenue’s full production of the classic musical  Meet Me In St. Louis  in the Alma Thomas Theater .   Ore also mentored sound designer Jaden Williams, class of 2020, and tech director Christian Aderholt, class of 2018, who contributed hugely to the show’s successful four-performance run from Jan. 3–6, 2018.

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal designed stage scenery for Penfold Theatre’s production of Miracle on 34th Street. Roybal created the interior of the fictional 1947 KPNF radio station where actors used live, foley sound effects for this classic radiocast. The production was presented Nov. 30Dec. 23.

  • 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 2017

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal designed stage scenery for the play Miracle on 34th Street produced by Penfold Theatre in Austin, Texas.

November 2017

  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Theatre Bethany Lynn Corey and Associate Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal were recognized with nominations by The B. Iden Payne Awards Council. Bethany Lynn Corey’s original play All Aboard was recognized as an Outstanding Theatre for Youth Production. Desiderio Roybal was recognized for Outstanding Set Design of The Herd produced by Jarrott Productions. The B. Iden Payne Awards Council recognizes outstanding theatrical performance, production and design in Austin.

August 2017

  • Professor of Theatre Kathleen Juhl and Cathy Madden’s co-edited book, Galvanizing Performance: The Alexander Technique as a Catalyst for Excellence, was published on August 21, 2017. The Alexander Technique is practiced widely by performing artists. It encourages artists to make the choice to perform with ease and confidence. This book is the first of its kind because it focuses specifically on the ways performing artists and their teachers engage the Alexander Technique as they rehearse and perform. The book represents the first time Alexander Technique teachers have formally opened the doors to their teaching studios and classrooms to reveal specific pedagogies for working with the technique and performance.

June 2017

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal’s scenic design for the play, The Herd, has been added to the short list of plays under consideration for B. Iden Payne award nominations for 2016–2017. Roybal also received the Austin Critics Table Award for Excellence in Scenic Design for the 2016–2017 theatre season for his designs for  Clybourne Park, The Price, and The Herd. All three plays were credited for design excellence. The Herd and The Price were designed for David Jarrott Productions. Clybourne Park was designed for Penfold Theatre. These plays were selected for the award from all the plays produced in Austin and the Greater Austin Area for 2016–2017. The adjudicators were critics writing for both print and online publications including the Austin-American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, CTX Live, BroadwayWorld Austin, Austin Entertainment Weekly,, and Arts and Culture Texas. Clybourne Park also received the Austin Critics Table Award for Excellence in Collaborative Ensemble Production. Roybal was scenic designer, Justin Smith ’04 was technical director, and Austin Mueck ’18 was assistant scenic designer.