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Student Honors, Awards & Accomplishments


Michelle Benson's one-act play, Compromising Positions, was given a full production as part of a series of one-act plays by Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe, CA, and her ten-minute play, Things are Always Left Unsaid, was given a full production as part of Weathervane 8x10 festival in Akron, OH, where it placed in the top four.

Dori Bosnyak received an Arts Administration Fellowship at CASP (Charles Adams Studio Project) in Lubbock, TX, and served as marketing and publicity intern for the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Hillary Boyd participated in two of the WildWind staged readings with guest artists and playwrights and attended the Marfa Intensive, working and devising with Rich Brown and Heather Warren-Crow.

Erin Cawley directed Romeo and Juliet in at Graham Regional Theatre), served as one of the graduate student co-chairs for GSSC within ATHE, and coordinated the first Alt-Ac panel focused on graduate students and recent grads at ATHE.

Lauren Carlton served as musical director for a summer camp at Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater in Huntsville, AL; a directing intern at Red River Lyric Opera in Wichita Falls, Texas; and worked as the assistant director and dialect coach for Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore.

Christie Connolly worked as a deviser/performer in Remember This: A Participatory Performance Experience; traveled to Abuja, Nigeria, to intern with Playback Nigeria, a theatre organization that creates dialogue around social issues, where she was the Acting Workshop Facilitator for the first Children's Theatre Festival (the first children's theatre festival ever to be held in Nigeria) and performed as a guest artist in the acting ensemble and facilitated leadership-training workshops for the company's staff; traveled to Memphis, TN, to intern with Playback Memphis' Be The Peace Camp designed for rising 6th graders to build leadership, emotional intelligence, and performance skills; and presented her research on Playback Theatre and dramatic criticism at the VASTA/PAVA Conference in Seattle, WA.

Kevan Dunkelberg directed the regional premier of Lizzie in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended the ATHE conference in Boston, and assisted conference planners at the VASTA/PAVA conference in Seattle.

Eric Eidson presented a paper on Online Theatre Education at The International Future of Education Conference in Florence, Italy, that was subsequently published in the Future of Education 2018 Anthology and taught for the Summer Institute for the Gifted at The University of Chicago.

Jennifer Ezell was awarded the A2RU Student Challenge Grant and will attend the A2RU National Conference in November and her paper "Searching for Redemption: Worship, Prayer, and God in Popular Contemporary Plays" was accepted at the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature.

Lyanisha Gonzalez studied abroad in Prague; presented a paper on Suzan-Lori Parks' play Venus at the IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research) Conference in Belgrade, Serbia; organized a panel discussion entitled "Revolutionizing Academic Theatre Spaces for Black Students" with recent graduate DeRon Williams at ATHE in Boston.

Alicia Goodman received a professional contract to be fight director for a production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; had a chapter, "The Punisher as Female: A Thought Experiment," approved for publication in a to-be-peer-reviewed book about The Punisher; and is working on three book projects with TCVPA librarian Rob Weiner and several others.

Kelly Grandjean worked at Covenant Children's Hospital through Covenant's Arts in Medicine program; worked with the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center, bringing theatre and art to incarcerated teens; and participated in the Marfa Intensive in Marfa, TX.

Erin Grogan attended the 2018 International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures conference in Nijmegen, Netherlands to serve on a panel entitled "Waking the Archive" where she presented her research on Irish women playwrights of the 20th century and attended the United Nations University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand where she met with leaders from around the world to learn about humanitarian efforts, NGOs, and more.

Thomas Laney worked with director, David Kaplan, on the production of Doña Rosita that will be taken to Provincetown, MA for the Tennessee Williams Festival and performed with Hub Theatre Group in their production of Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds.

April Langehennig served as the resident lighting designer for Lubbock Moonlight Musicals.

Caleb Lowery was elected to the Board of Governors of Texas Nonprofit Theatres, Inc. (TNT).

Patrick Midgley was announced as the incoming secretary/treasurer for The Eugene O'Neill International Society; travelled to The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, where he edited, directed, and choreographed a 60-minute production of As You Like It featuring outstanding student actors, ages 13-19, from across the US; had his article on Caryl Churchill's The Skriker selected for publication in an upcoming book edited by Dr. Dorothy Chansky; and served as a reader and dramaturg selecting and developing new plays for The American Shakespeare Center's "Shakespeare's New Contemporaries" Project.

Briana Moody was cast in Lubbock Community Theatre's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, worked for the Hub Theater Group, and participated in the Marfa Intensive.

Christina Proper served as the assistant director for Doña Rosita, to be presented at the 2018 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, MA, and spent three weeks in Barryville, NY studying at the Margolis Method Training Program.

Randall Rapstine devised Remember This: A Participatory Performance Experience with Genevieve Durham-Cesaro and Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston and conducted research and development for Canterville, which is the project attached to his dissertation that will be presented as a part of the 2018/2019 TTU School of Theatre & Dance Season.

Allison Roberts was named the marketing assistant for Hub Theater Group and served as Front of House for HTG's productions of Small Mouth Sounds and Constellations.

Dillon Rouse workshopped his new play Shame on Me at WildWind Performance Lab; collaborated with BurkTech Players to host a playwriting workshop along with a staged reading for Liz Lingurar's play, Infinite Universes; and participated in the Marfa Intensive in Marfa, TX.

Christian Ruiz was awarded a full scholarship by the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts to attend the Margolis Method Institute in Barryville, New York for the next 3 years.

Shane Strawbridge participated in the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, received a play commission from Merry-Go-Round Theatre in Auburn, NY, received a play commission from producer Gary Blount in Minnesota, and presented a book review to be published in Texas Theatre Journal.

Collin Vorbeck worked for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival as site manager, guest lecturer, and teaching artist.

Alex Webster explored acting and artistry in New York City at the Stella Adler Studios of Acting with the Summer Conservatory program; worked as a Gallery Manager with SunnyHues Productions and their first pop-up museum in Manhattan; worked as a Production Assistant for the world premiere of My Marlene at Dixon Place Theatre, and she worked in special events with Production Glue.

Bill West-Davis served as a lighting design intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA.