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College of Fine Arts

2007 Festival

The 2007 festival featured seven days of back-to-back events, and 89 performances of 27 projects created by undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Butler School of Music, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the School of Architecture, and School of Biological Sciences. University classes held in the Winship Drama Building were suspended in support of the event.


  • Producers: Denise V. Martel, Suzan L. Zeder, & David Justin
    Assistant to the Producers: Corey Atkins
    Production Manager: Lori Grubbs
    PR/Marketing Coordinators: Kristen Frakiewicz and Sally Vander Ghevnst
    Guest Artist Coordinator: Jenny Connell
    Artists Exchange Coordinator: Heather Koslov
    Technical Director (Payne Theatre): Chad May
    Technical Director (Brockett Theatre): Derek Moon
    Technical Director (Lab Theatre): Szu–Feng Chen
    Audio Consultant: Adam Dudley

    Festival Committee: (* denotes Executive Committee)
    Angie Ahlgren, Corey Atkins*, Wendy Bable, Andrea Beckham, Yvonne Boudreaux, George Brant, Chase Brindgartner, Meg Brooker, Stephanie Brown, Scott Bussey, Pamela Christian, Alex Cogburn, Greg Cornelius, Rusty Cloyes, Jenny Connell, Anastasia Coon, Douglas Dempster, Ashley DePalermo, Rachel Durkin-Drga, Denise Forbes-Erickson, Kristen Frankiewicz, Yesenia Garcia, April Gentry-Sutterfield, Stephen Gerald, Nicole Del Giudice, Charlotte Griffin, Lori Grubbs*, Michelle Habeck, Katy Hallee, Alison Hart, Kelly Howe, Natasha Jarvis, David Justin*, Sydney Katz, Jenny Keto, Heather Koslov*, Sydney Katz, Sarah Lankenau, Diego Larrea, Kristin Leahey, Soo-Jin Lee, Larry Lehew, Amber Loftis, Maddie Lynch, Shelley Manis, Denise Martel*, Brandi Matthews-James, Jan McCauley, Beth McDonald, Anne Marie McKaskle, Yonatan Mendelsberg, Susan Mickey, David Modigliani, Derek Moon, Colum Morgan, Sarah Myers, Julie Nathanielsz, Candida Nichols, Kim Ngo, Eleanor Owicki, Nichole Palmietto, Deborah Paredez, Daymon Passmore, Ryan Pavelchik, Sara Rinner, Janna Rock, Chris Rusch, Erica Saleh, Robert Sanchez, Sarah Schultz, Tanya Schurr, Fadi Skreiker, Meg Sullivan, Spencer Sutterfield, Joan Thibodeau, Susan Todd, Eve Tulbert, Sally Vander Gheynst*, Eric Vera*, Stacy Wolf, Alex Wood, Leanne Zacharias, Suzan Zeder*

    Performances: April 9 – 15, 2007
    Sites in and around the Winship Drama Building

    Tickets: All events free and open to the public

    The 2007 Festival was presented by the University Co-op. It is through their generosity that all events and performances are free and open to the public.

  • The 2007 University Co–op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival featured guest artists in all different disciplines and from all over the country who participated in the week’s events. Several guest artists participated as responders in facilitated Guest Artist Panels.

    Panel: My Life in Art–Performers: Duane Cyrus, Allen Whitman, Libby Zilber
    Facilitator: David Justin

    Panel: My Life in Art–Designers: Erin Blendu, Rachel Healy, Rob Milburn, Todd Rosenthal
    Facilitator: Michelle Habeck

    Panel: My Life in Art–Dramaturges/Directors: Emily Morse, Charles Otte, Katie Pearl, Debbie Saivetz
    Facilitator: Steven Dietz

    Panel: Arts and Entrepreneurship: Ed Bailey, Deborah Edward, Vincent Kitch, Jason Neulander, Charles Otte
    Facilitator: Alison Hart

  • Ashes, Ashes

    A dark fairy tale for our time. This new play for family audiences explores two sources: real stories of children living with industrial pollution and the myths of Baba Yaga and Kali, mysterious witches who oversee the forces of life and death. In a place where dark ash fills the sky, a young girl must venture into caves and coal mines to restore life to the world.

    Written by Eve Tulbert and Directed by Dustin Wills

    Between this Breath and You

    M.F.A. Directing student Corey Atkins presents a new one-act play by OBIE award winner Naomi Wallace. The script explores the conflict between Israel and Palestine through the story of an Israeli janitor, an American nurse and a Palestinian patient at a medical clinic in the West Bank.

    Written by Naomi Wallace and Directed by Corey Atkins

    Breaking Boundaries: Listen to Our Voices

    A performance questioning and celebrating the experiences of women of color at UT.

    Created by Diversity Arts Collective

    By the Hand of Mother

    An installation of photographs about mothers and children based on texts from dramatic literature and opera, complimented by lighting and sound.

    Created by Candida Nichols

    Choreography Exhibit

    A dance performance focused on presenting the original work of various student choreographers in experimental and scientific parameters.

    Created by Kristen Frankiewicz, Ashley DePalermo and Kara Liotta


    A multi–disciplinary performance exploring love, memory, and the space between this life and the next.

    Created by Jenny Connell, Mary A. Chase & Jennifer J. Madison; Directed by Katy Hallee.


    Corona, New Mexico is the town closest to the site of the infamous UFO crash of July 1947. The arrival of a mysterious woman that same night forces the citizens of Corona to search for the truth.

    Created by Diego Larrea and Andy Harold

    Deep in Disbear

    Written by Ryan Pavelchik

    Elephant’s Graveyard

    A play in workshop combining historical fact and legend as it explores the only known lynching of an elephant in America.

    Written by George Brant; Directed by Charles Otte


    Sharp objects and high temperatures are the least of her worries. Watch one costume designer as she navigates the unlikely pitfalls of actors, directors and the always–looming fitting.

    Created by Kim H. Ngo; Produced by Victor R. Moyers; Written by Kim Beverett and Robbie Walker

    For Which it Stands

    A theatre performance developed by Austin area high school students exploring the relationship between government control and personal freedom.

    Created and performed by the UT Connections Ensemble


    A play in workshop about the photographer, Diane Arbus who focuses on anomalies of human nature and their function in creating isolation.

    Written by Jenny Keto; Directed by Anne–Marie McKaskle

    Futari Tomo (performed with Thel)

    Literally “two people together,” a new Japanese taiko drumming composition featuring the pounding rhythms and fluid movement unique to this dynamic art form.

    Created by Angie Ahlgren

    God of the Gaps

    An absurd and earnest look at the Intelligent Design controversy from a pro–science perspective explored in a play reading and interactive workshop.

    Written by Sarah Myers; Directed by Kelly Howe

    Hear This

    A multimedia musical performance deconstructing the concert rituals that shape our experience of art music.

    Created by Leanne Zacharias and Gregory Cornelius

    Kouti Anthropinos

    Translation: Human Box; In this non–stop multi–media performance, contemporary dance is aligned with pedestrian movement, video, music, set and audience interaction to portray the nature of humanism.

    Conceptualized, choreographed and directed by Kirstin Grbic, Yonatan Mendelsberg and Alex Wood

    Love, Candy

    A play in workshop that looks at love, sex, and Andy Warhol through the eyes of the famed transvestite Candy Darling.

    Written by Erica Saleh


    A showcase of solo performances individually researched and developed by UT’s graduate actors. Three distinct programs, each presented once.

    Written and performed by Fajer Al–Kaisi, Anastasia Coon, Robbie Ann Darby, Blake Delong, Yesenia Garcia, Corey Jones, Colum Morgan, Simon Provan, Kate Roberts, Jeremy Selim, Dorcas Sowunmi, and Natalie Wheeler

    People Watching

    A site–specific performance piece bringing life to a narrative collection of visual art.

    Created by Alex Cogburn and Autumn Mackey; Directed by Alex Cogburn


    A design and dance installation in which dancers suspended seventy feet from the ceiling of the Payne Theatre explore the back wall as though it were a floor.

    Created by Yvonne Boudreaux; Choreographed by Andee Scott

    Querencia: A Search for Home

    A collection of auto/biographical solo performances that weave performers’ personal narratives with the lives of the historical women they portray.

    Written and performed by Michelle Dvoskin, April Gentry–Sutterfield, Kristin Leahey, Elizabeth Mcketta, Priscilla Sample and Meg Sullivan


    An interdisciplinary synthesis of music, choreography, visual art, and film production elements inspired by the film genre of dance for the camera. Animated images introduce a live–action dancer and drummer to reveal layers of dynamic texture.

    Directed and choreographed by Charlotte Griffin; Produced by Christopher Rusch; Direction of photography by Iskra Valtcheva

    RTF Films

    A selection of short films from some of the most exciting film-makers of tomorrow from the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin.


    A play/prequel based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest performed in ritualistic, sensational and poetic style.

    Written by Susan Gayle Todd; Directed by Fadi Skeiker

    The Dyslexia Theatre Project

    A docudrama performance based on over a dozen interviews exploring the visible and invisible worlds of dyslexia.

    Created by Spencer Sutterfield

    The Knot

    A dance advancing “the dream of the protection that is closest to us” – an investigation in movement of the geometry and origins of our every day garments.

    Created by Julie Nathanielsz

    Thel (performed with Futari Tomo)

    A trio choreographed in the Isadora Duncan dance technique and inspired by the themes of desire and impermanence in William Blake’s “The Book of Thel.” Set the Franz Lizst’s “Harmonies du soir” with live piano accompaniment.

    Created by Meg Brooker


    A man, a woman, a laptop computer: love in the age of information. Out of his turntables, a DJ spins this story of digital addiction and human connection.

    Written by David Modigliani; Directed by Katie Pearl

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