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Moores singers shine in WalesChorale

And now the music world knows what is not a best-kept secret around these parts. Call it what you will, even use take-offs from one of those TV shows: Moores’s Got Talent, or maybe Moores Can Sing. Whatever. The fact is that the Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music Concert Chorale came home from this month’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with awards and accolades befitting the amazing talents of the singers and their director Betsy Cook Weber.

The Chorale won First Place in the Chamber Choirs competition, which put them in the running for the coveted Pavarotti trophy and the title Choir of the World. That award went to California’s Westminster Chorus, the Barbershop Chorus competition winner.

The Moores Chorale also received Second Place in Mixed Choirs, and Third Places in the Youth Choir and Folk Choir categories. Ashley Johnson came home with Second Place in the Youth Solo (15-20) category and Lazaro Estrada won Third Place in the Musical Theatre solo competition.

The Llangollen site has videos of the Moores Concert Chorale. The Moores site has more videos of the Chorale’s preparation and of the opening night performance.

And, you can find news, blogs, bios, videos, and photos on the Chorale’s special Web page.

Congratulations to the Chorale members and director, Moores director David Ashley White, and to everyone associated with the program!



Swell digs opening next month

Robbins

Calhoun Lofts

Calhoun Lofts 2 bedroom kitchen

Calhoun Lofts courtyard

Calhoun Lofts cyber lounge


We don’t know about you, but when we first went to college, we had to supply our own coal for the stove and check for spiders in the two-holer out back, which, of course, was a three-mile trek up a steep hill both ways.

Just in time for the start of the academic year, the University of Houston opens Calhoun Lofts for graduate and professional students and mature undergraduates. Faculty and staff members without children living at home can also sign up. The facility includes two courtyards, study lounges, two terraces, and a coffee bar. After classes, residents can learn how to fix quick and healthy meals, join a yoga class, work out in the exercise room, do some laundry, or just chill with other students in the theatre room.

Calhoun Lofts also offers a part-time concierge, a part time valet, a Barnes and Nobel Bookstore, a mini market, and dry cleaners.

You can get more information from the university’s Calhoun Lofts Web page.

And you can watch the video promo.

For special faculty and staff incentives, call 832-842-5638, or stop by the leasing office on the Calhoun side of the Welcome Center, to schedule a tour.

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Faculty

Houston theatre community loses one of ours

Gow

Gow

John Gow, 54, Scenic Artist and Lighting Designer at the School of Theatre and Dance since 1981, passed away last month. He received a B.F.A. in Scenery and Lighting Design from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, he studied design with Broadway designer William Eckart, had Master Classes with Tony-award winner Ming Cho Lee, and assisted Tony-nominated Ken Billington and Marilyn Rennegal at the Dallas Civic Opera.

Gow designed scenery and lighting for more than 60 Theatre productions. He also designed many productions for the Alley Theatre, The Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages Repertory Theatre, Strand Street Theatre, The Children's Theatre Festival, the Austin Theatre for Youth in Austin, Texas, and The College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He oversaw the total renovation of the lighting systems in the proscenium theatre and the black box theatre at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

Rose memorial at Moores

Rose

Rose

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 23 at 2 p.m. in the Moores Opera House for William (Bill) Rose (1926 ­ 2009), who passed away on July 16, 2009. He taught at Sam Houston State College, Houston Baptist College, and the Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music where taught tuba, euphonium, and brass chamber music until his retirement in 1989. He started his UH career in the early 1960s, and received a promotion to Associate Professor of Music in 1977. He continued to teach as an adjunct until the late 1990s. Rose also was a founding member of the Faculty Symphonic Brass Quintet. His students represent every facet of the music profession including band directors, symphony players, free-lance artists, members of military service bands, and private teachers.

Rose attended the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music, now known as the Navy School of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music where he was a student of the renowned tubist Bill Bell. He performed with the Navy Band, the Goldman Band, the United Nations Symphony, and the CBS Symphony of the Air. He was a charter member of the New York Brass Ensemble. Rose was Principal Tubist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra from 1949 ­ 1977.


New faculty for ST&D

Phillips

Phillips

Sara Phillips, a Voice and Text Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will teach Voice and Shakespeare classes to undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Theatre and Dance starting with the new term. Phillips received her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and she’s a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

 

Wilson

Wilson

Paige Wilson, who earned her M.F.A. in Theatre from UH, will teach classes in Costume Technology. She comes to us from the Alley Theatre where she was the Milliner/Crafts Master.

Perales receives Women’s Studies Summer Fellowship

Monica Perales, Assistant Professor of History, received the 2009 Women’s Studies Faculty Summer Fellowship from the Women's Studies Program. Perales will use the fellowship to start research on a project examining Mexican motherhood, citizenship, and labor on the U.S./Mexico border. Graffit-e regulars remember the interview we did with her back in the December 2008 edition about her research into the Smeltertown area of El Paso, Texas.


Politics: then and now

Political Science banner

Political Science faculty members want to know more about Abe Lincoln and about what politically motivates users of online social networks. Those are separate studies, though.

Prof. Richard Murray and doctoral candidate John Barr put together a survey to determine respondents’ interest and knowledge of U.S. presidents and overall opinions of Lincoln’s effectiveness as the chief executive, especially with the current Oval Office occupant saying Old Abe is one of his role models. The idea for the study came to Barr after he went through thousands of interviews with former slaves conducted by the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s to find out what they were saying about the Great Emancipator seventy years after the War Between the States.

Murray

Murray

Brandon Rottinghaus and Noah Kaplan, assistant professors of Political Science, want to determine what motivates folks to become politically active online, so they went to Facebook and MySpace, two of the more popular social networking sites, to see how the sites track daily friends for candidates.

You can read more about these studies in the Daily Cougar, and you can view a PowerPoint presentation of the Rottinghaus and Kaplan study.

 

Rottinghaus

Rottinghaus

Kaplan

Kaplan


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Students

SURF’s up and running

Student

Whoa! That’s a pretty serious looking whatever it is she’s using. It’s not a surf board, we know. But, it does have something to do with SURF, that’s the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship run out of the Office of Undergraduate Research in The Honors College. The 2009 program is underway with eight CLASS faculty members mentoring eight CLASS undergraduates. Here are some of the teams.

Kellogg

Kellogg


Kristi Emler, a History major, is working with Susan Kellogg, Professor of History, on analyzing how the pre-Hispanic cultural patterns and processes of conquest influenced the impacts of conquest on four specific regions in Mexico and Guatemala.


Dunkelberger

Dunkelberger


Sarah Panjwani, a Communication Sciences and Disorders major, is working with Martha Dunkelberger, Assistant Clinical Professor in CommD, on assessing the knowledge of Houstonian Speech Language Pathologists regarding the evaluation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in efforts to improve these students’ quality of education. Watch John David Powell’s interview with them in this month’s Discovery section.


Basinger

Basinger

Political Science major Robert McNish is working with Scott Basinger, Assistant Professor of Political Science, on constructing and studying mathematical models to better address questions of causality in the field of political science.

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Academics

Wknd U 4 U?

Weekend U

So, you have some concerns about not getting that core curriculum class you need, because core classes always fill up quickly? Well, fret no more. Weekend U is a program providing a Saturday alternative that offers smaller class enrollment, discounted tuition for some courses, and easier parking (because it’s the weekend, dude!) Oh, yeah, and a chance to get your degree faster.

Here’s the deal: Weekend U classes are on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., but the classes aren’t seven hours long; that’s just the time frame in which the program runs. Most classes are traditional in that you sit in a chair and have live, real-time interaction with the instructor. Some courses are hybrid, however, meaning they combine the in-class experience with online, WebCT, and/or video.

Some specifically designated Weekend U courses come with a $12 discount per semester hour. That’s 36 bucks off the regular price for a three-hour course.

Here’s a list of this Fall’s Weekend U courses:

  • Communication 4370, Social Aspects of Film

  • History 1377, the U.S. to 1877

  • History 1378, the U.S. since 1877

  • Math 1310, College Algebra

  • Philosophy 1305, Introduction to Ethics

  • Political Science 1336, U.S. and Texas Constitutions and Politics

  • Psychology 2301, Introduction to Methods in Psychology

  • Psychology 2344, Cultural Psychology

  • Sociology 1300, Introduction to Sociology

You can get more information from the Weekend U Web page.


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Alumni

Parsons up for Emmy

Parsons

Parsons

Jim Parsons (’96 Theatre) was co-hosting the Prime Time Emmy nominations July 16 when he heard his name included among the nominees for Lead Actor in a Comedy for his role as Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Born and raised in Houston, Parsons started acting in the first grade, and came to our School of Theatre and Dance where he received his undergraduate degree in 1996. He went on to earn his master's degree from the University of San Diego.

His fans also know him from his recurring role as Rob Holbrook on the show Judging Amy.  Parsons’s been in the films Garden State, Heights, On the Road with Judas, Gardener of Eden, 10 Items or Less, and School for Scoundrels.  While at UH, he was a founder of the non-profit theatre company, Infernal Bridegroom Productions. 

Monroe: Evolution of a Criminal

Monroe

Monroe

Got yer attention? Good, ‘cause we’re talking about filmmaking and crime, when referring to Darius Clark Monroe (’04 Media Production). The honors graduate started out his media career as a television production intern for ABC. He then moved on to be short-film coordinator for the 2004 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. He’s a graduate of the New York Film Academy summer intensive filmmaking program at Harvard University where he produced, wrote, directed, and edited two short films: The Chase and My All. Today, he’s a second-year M.F.A student in film direction from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts: Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.

But wait, there’s more! He’s also in post-production for his feature-length documentary, Evolution of a Criminal, with executive producer Spike Lee. The film received a 2007 Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Grant, a 2008 Spike Lee Production Fellowship, a 2008 Warner Bros. Film Award, and a 2008 Tribeca All Access Participant.

Here’s the plot: A decade after knocking off a bank, Monroe goes home to examine how his actions affected the lives of family, friends, and victims. Here’s a link to a sneak preview of the trailer.



Recent MFA grads exhibit in Houston

Ramos

Ramos
(Photo by Sarah Krusleski)

Ledvina

Ledvina

Houston art fans have a great opportunity to view the works of some recent M.F.A. alumni. Cody Ledvina and Dennis Harper will be featured in the group exhibition, One must be absolutely modern, at Rudolph Projects/Artscan Gallery. Cheyanne Ramos’solo show is at Joan Wich and Company. Kelli Vance had a solo show at McClain Gallery on Saturday, July 11. And Jane Eifler has a two-person show at McMurtrey Gallery.


Harding receives CHIP Award

Harding

Harding

Vincent Harding (’09 Political Science), received the 2009 Civic Houston Internship Program Award. He interned at the Center for Houston’s Future while completing his undergraduate degree. He previously interned in the office of Houston City Council member Ronald Green (’92 Psychology, M.B.A. ’08) in 2008. Harding enters the University of Texas Law School in August. His ultimate career goal is to work in public service and he hopes to serve in Washington one day.

CLASS award winners

CLASS alumni, faculty, and staff made out like bandits this year in various awards contests put on by public relations, journalism, and higher education organizations. The one’s we found are below. Let us know if we missed yours.

Berry

Berry

Michael Berry (’93 Political Science), former Houston City Council member, A.M. Operations Manager for KRPC-Radio in Houston, and KTRH-Radio talk show host, won first place for Talk Show in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
Camarata

Camarata
(Photo by Rhonda Moran)

Natalie Wong Camarata (’06 Journalism), Senior Marketing and Communication Specialist for the UT Health Sciences Center, received a Silver Excalibur Award for Media Relations – News Release from the Public Relations Society of America Houston chapter; and second place in Public Relations Release and third place in Public Relations Communicator of the Year in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
Covington

Covington

Karen Covington (’92 Journalism), Director of Corporate Communications for Service Corporation International, received an Award of Excellence in Employee/Member Communication in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards.
Davis

Davis

Amy Davis (’98 Journalism), of KPRC-TV in Houston, received a first place for Consumer News and second place for Politics/Government in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
Desel

Desel

Jeremy Desel, instructional faculty member in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and a reporter for KHOU-TV in Houston, received first places in Television Journalist of the Year and Politics/Government, and third place in Spot News in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
Emery

Emery

Mike Emery, Adjunct Lecturer at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and a Media Relations Representative in University Communication, received an Award of Excellence in General Feature Writing, 1,000 words or less, from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District IV; and third place in Public Relations Release in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
Ewing

Ewing

Janelle Ewing (’00 Organizational Communication, M.A.’05 Organizational Communication), BP America Manager, U.S. Benefits Communication, received the President’s Award in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards.
Fix

Fix

Julie Fix, of Fix & Associates and Instructional Professor in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, was honored by the Public Relations Society of America Houston chapter as the Legacy Award Winner. 
Gonzalez

Gonzalez

David Gonzalez (’09 Corporate Communication), of the Salvation Army of Greater Houston, received the Award of Merit for Writing in the Student Division in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards.
Hebert

Hebert

Doug Hebert (’91 Graphic Communication and Art History), Design Director and Principal of Savage Design Group, received an Award of Merit for Publication Design in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards.
Johnson

Johnson

Laurie Johnson (’02 Journalism), of KUHF-FM in Houston, took first place in Radio Journalist of the Year, and first and second places for Radio Soft News Feature in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
Kabele

Kabele

Ron Kabele (’84 Radio and Television), writer/producer/photographer with Texas Parks and Wildlife, picked up a second place for Feature Photography in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
King

King

Fred King (’67 Journalism), Communications Coordinator in the Harris County District Clerk’s Office, took third place in Annual Report in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
Merkl

Merkl

Lisa Merkl (’92 Journalism, M.A. ’97 Communication), Media Relations Representative in University Communications, received the Media Relations Award of Excellence in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards; Special Award for Medical/Scientific Writing Collections from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District IV; the Silver Excalibur Award for External Communications Campaign, and the Bronze Excalibur Award for Media Relations – News Release from the Public Relations Society of America Houston chapter; and first place in Public Relations Release in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
McKinney

McKinney

David McKinney (’95), Adjunct Professor in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and Manager of Communications for the Shell chemical plant and refinery in Deer Park, received an Award of Merit in Employee/Member Communication in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards; and a Gold Excalibur Award for Profit PR Program/Campaign from the Public Relations Society of America Houston chapter.
  Victoria Morales (’06 Political Science), Assistant Account Executive with Pierpont Communications, received an Award of Merit in Audiovisual in the IABC Bronze Quill Awards, and a Bronze Excalibur Award for Special Video Project from the Public Relations Society of America Houston chapter.

  Donna Pate (’87 Journalism), Manager of Corporate Communication for Service Corporation International, received an Award of Excellence in Employee/Member Communication in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards.
Powell

Powell

John David Powell, Director of Communication for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Editor of Graffit-e, received first place for Internet Opinion Writing in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards
Ramirez

Ramirez

Marisa Ramirez (’00 English), Media Relations Representative in University Communication, took third place in Radio Public Affairs in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards.
Shah

Shah

Pathik Shah, senior media production major in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and photographer 2 for the UH Office of Creative Services, received an Achievement Award for Color Photography, Structured from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District IV.
Wendler

Wendler

Ronda Wendler (’78 Radio and Television, M.A. ’83 Speech, Pathology, and Audiology), of the Texas Medical Center, received the Communicator of the Year, Best in Show, and two Writing Awards of Excellence in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards; second and third places for Spot News Reporting and third place for Public Service in the Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards; and a Gold Excalibur Award for Writing-Article, and a sweep of the Writing-Feature Story category with Gold, Silver, and Bronze Excalibur Awards from the Public Relations Society of America Houston chapter.
Yim

Yim

Harriet Yim (’00 Studio Art Graphic Communication), Senior Graphic Designer with the Cullen College of Engineering, received an Award of Merit for Publication Design in Houston’s IABC Bronze Quill Awards.

 



In memoriam

Noble D. Enete
(’60 Psychology), of Houston passed away June 13, 2009


Clubb

James Lloyd Clubb
(’79 Theatre Arts) of San Antonio passed away on June 29, 2009

Goolsby

Tyler Dan Goolsby
(’04 Psychology) of Houston passed away on July 4, 2009

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Discovery

Evaluating communication skills

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The pairing of faculty and student researchers provides opportunities for our students to work alongside top researchers in their fields. This month we’ll visit with one of those teams.

Martha Dunkelberger is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She joined the university in 1997 after eight years of clinical practice. Her interest is in developing a better understanding of the developmental progression of phonological systems and literacy skills in preschool and school-aged children.

Sarah Panjwani is an undergraduate student, who is part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program in The Honors College. She and Prof. Dunkelberger are assessing the knowledge of Houstonian Speech Language Pathologists regarding the evaluation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in efforts to improve those students’ quality of education.


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Arts and More

D.E.C.K. has great first year

Students and alumni from the School of Theatre and Dance finished the first Deluxe Entertainment Camp for Kids, or D.E.C.K., in Houston’s Fifth Ward. The camp is named for the neighborhood’s Deluxe Theatre.

D.E.C.K. introduced acting, puppetry, storytelling, and dance to the third-through-fifth graders under the guidance of UH teaching artists, including some faculty and graduate students. A $260,000 multi-year grant from Houston Endowment made the camp possible.

“The grant supports the university's commitment to community partnerships and funds a pilot program that will be the seed for an ongoing arts education relationship between UH, Houston Independent School District and the Fifth Ward,” explains Steven Wallace, the School’s director.

The camp included students from the E.O. Smith, Atherton, Crawford and Nat Q. Henderson elementary schools. On the last day of camp, June 26, the students performed for family, friends, and the community.

Women’s Resource Center and UH Libraries Summer Book Club

The Women’s Resource Center and UH Libraries present their Summer Book Club, open to all students, staff, and faculty. Join them Thursday, July 31, at noon in the WRC, UC Satellite, Room 7.

This month's book is Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, a new memoir by mystery author Ayelet Waldman, who addresses the challenges of being a mother and the often unrealistic demands placed upon mothers today. She writes with unflinching honesty with major doses of humor and insight.


Last class of the summer

Hoorah graphicStep into a world of creative play and fantastical journeys as campers use their imaginations to discover characters, locations, and a better understanding of the Art of Collaboration as they “choose their own adventure” at the Theatre Arts Camp for Kids put on by the School of Theatre and Dance at the Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury Lane, in Houston.

The camp runs from Aug. 3 to Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Camp activities include acting, dance, pantomime, mask work, make up, and much more. Tuition is $395 for two weeks.

Only 60 applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp is open to children 8 to 12 years old. Campers bring their own snack and lunch. A $50, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a place in this fun packed, high-energy enrichment camp, which culminates with a production by camp participants.

You can find out more information on the registration form.



The Bard on the Boards

The Houston Shakespeare Festival starts its season on July 31. The festival is a professional project of the School of Theatre and Dance, funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board and from the Houston Arts Alliance.

Admission is free, but you’ll need tickets for the covered seating. You can get them from the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. For more information, call the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office at 281-FREE-FUN (373-3386).

Pictured are Celeste Roberts and Jennifer Cherry
Photo Credit - Pin Lim, Forest Photography

Twelfth Night
July 31 and August 2, 4, 6, 8 at 8:30 pm

One of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, Twelfth Night ponders love lost and found. With raucous antics, ravishing language and rich characters, the stage is set for a bittersweet tale of laughter and longing.

Pictured are Guy Roberts and Jessica Boone
Photo Credit: Pin Lim, Forest Photography

Pericles
August 1, 5, 7, 9 at 8:30 pm


A romance full of loss and redemption, Pericles follows the journey of an exiled prince who travels through a series of fantastical kingdoms in search of a home.



Rocky Horror Show on the slab for 2009-10 UH Theatre season

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The University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance is geared up for a season of firsts. Local theater favorites Paul Hope and Leslie Swackhamer will direct productions with the school for the first time. And, in a season first, plays directed by two of our master of fine arts candidates will bookend the season in fall and spring.

Also during the 2009-10 performance season, the school will present the UH debut of cult classic The Rocky Horror Show (Oct. 21- Nov. 1) and the Houston premiere of Charles Mee’s Big Love (Feb. 26 - March 7). The school’s student choreographers will produce, for the first time, their fall dance concert in the 190-seat Jose Quintero Theatre.

The season will also highlight the Theatre for Young Audiences program touring a newly commissioned play to local schools and community centers.

This season will also be the first to offer an affordable Pick 3 subscription option, which offers three shows for $42. Cheap!

“The process of selecting a season for an academic theater is always interesting. Our season is essentially a ‘lab’ to train student actors, designers, dancers, choreographers, dramaturges, technicians, and stage managers,” explains Steve Wallace, SOTD director. “As a result, our audiences get to enjoy a very eclectic and entertaining season ranging from classics to more adventurous, contemporary offerings.”

Among the other highlights of next season are Christopher Hampton’s seductive Dangerous Liaisons (April 16 - 25) and MFA directing projects of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and John Guare’s Landscape of the Body.

Season subscriptions will go on sale June 1. Details on pricing options and dates can be found at www.theatre.uh.edu/buy-tickets or by calling 713-743-2929.

Sept. 25 - 27
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen; directed by Clinton Hopper, second-year MFA director. This production is part of the MFA Studio, which offers free performances of full-length plays.

Oct. 2 - 11
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; directed by Jonathan Gonzalez

Oct. 16 - 18
Landscape of the Body by John Guare; directed by Cheramie Howe, second-year MFA director. This production is part of the MFA Studio. Innocent small-town folk move to New York City in the 1970s and quickly find that murder, crime and porn are the standard of life.

Oct. 23 - Nov. 1
The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O'Brien; directed by Paul Hope.
Sex, aliens, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Dec. 4 - 6
Emerging Choreographers Showcase; produced by the UH Center for Choreography. Energy and space, form and beauty. There’s always something dramatic, interesting, and fun to see at this annual concert of up-and-coming choreographers. Performed in the intimate 190-seat Quintero Theatre.

Program:Best Christmas

Theatre For Young Audiences: Nov. 20, Dec. 4
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. It’s 1972, and the rag-tag kids of the Herdman family are about to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Don’t miss the hilarious mayhem that ensues when they participate in a church play about the birth of Jesus.

Feb. 26 - March 7
Big Love by Charles Mee; directed by Leslie Swackhamer. Not to be confused with the HBO series about sister wives in Utah. This spectacular, inspiring production tells the story of 50 brides who flee to an Italian villa to escape their arranged marriages. Inspired by Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Woman, and fused with Mee’s bold and visceral theatricality, Big Love is a wild celebration of the transcendent power of love and human connection through song, dance, and an unforgettable throw down.

April 16 - 25
Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton; directed by Samuel Sparks. Not to be confused with, well, never mind. In pre-Revolutionary France, an elegant temptress and her ex-lover conspire to corrupt a recently married woman. When bets are made, intrigue and seductive games follow close behind. This elaborately costumed play brings us through passion, cruelty, innocence and revenge.

April 30 - May 2
Spring Dance Concert; produced by the UH Center for Choreography. Dance aficionados look forward to this annual show featuring contemporary works by faculty and guest artists that is set on the pre-professional dance company, the UH Dance Ensemble.

The School of Theatre and Dance offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater and teacher certifications in dance. Its graduate program consists of a master of arts in theater and masters of fine arts in theater with specializations in acting, directing and design. The school has benefited from notable faculty such as Pulitzer Prize winners Edward Albee and Lanford Wilson, Royal Shakespeare Company founder Sir Peter Hall, and Tony-award winning Broadway legend José Quintero. Among current faculty are Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff, Tony Award-winning producer Stuart Ostrow, and Broadway dramaturg Mark Bly.


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