Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

August 2019

  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Theatre Joey Banks ’07 and Technical Director in Theatre Justin Smith ’04 will be producing and performing in the Haymaker Players’ production of Tail End Charlie, August 23–September 8, at Trinity Street Playhouse in Austin.

July 2019

  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger and Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola organized and led a seminar titled “Polychronic Translation of Shakespeare” at the 2019 European Shakespeare Research Association Conference, held at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy, July 9–12. Kayla Ingram ’20 attended the conference, and, following an independent study with Dr. Saenger on Shakespeare and Translation, designed graphic support for the seminar.

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Kerry Bechtel  has been acting as the associate costume designer alongside Costume Designer Jonathan Knipscher  ’03 at Central City Opera, in Central City, CO. The production of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd  is making its Colorado regional premiere. The opera follows the original Herman Melville novella about a young sailor on a British warship in the late 18th century; it features a cast of nearly 60 men and boys as well as realistic period costumes ranging from Royal Navy uniforms to sailors and civilians.

  • Professor of Theatre John OreSam Buehler ’20, and Sage Clay ’22 completed a faculty–student project that created the Heather McGaughey Sustainability kiosk, a public information touchscreen display located in the Jones Theater lobby. Please visit their work to find out more about environmental studies, fine arts, and Heather McGaughey’04.

June 2019

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola presented a paper titled “Lucrezia Borgia’s Use of Court Spectacle as Diplomacy during the Years of War (1509–1513)” and chaired the session “Confronted Case Studies of Kings and Queens in History, Art, and Psychology” at the Kings and Queens 8 conference, Resilio Ergo Regno: Resilience, Continuity, and Recovery at Royal Courts, held at the Università degli Studi di Catania, June 24–27. 

April 2019

  • Professor of Theatre John Ore was selected to serve as adjudicator for the Region 3 Area 1 AAAAA one-act play contest at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for the Performing Arts on April 3, 2019.  Among performances that day were scenes from A Storm in the BarnMuch Ado about Nothing, and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

March 2019

  • Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola presented a paper on Lucrezia Borgia (1480–1519) at the 2019 Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in Toronto, Canada, March 16–19. His paper was presented as part of a session titled “Women at Home in the Courts of Renaissance Italy.”

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.