Program and Alumni News

TWU Drama presents ‘Gun Show’ at world’s largest arts festival

Photo of 'Gun Show'

This summer, the Texas Woman’s University Drama Program will perform the original play Gun Show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, U.K. “The Fringe” is the largest arts festival in the world, running throughout the month of August and featuring performances from hundreds of theatre companies from around the globe. Gun Show will run Aug. 4-5 and 7-12.


TWU alumna Christina Garcia leads students to UIL State Championship

Christina Garcia, graduate of the TWU Drama M.A. program and director of theatre at Zapata High School, led her students to victory at last week's 4A UIL One-Act State Championship. The play, titled Las Soldadera: The Female Warriors of the Mexican Revolution, also received recognition for its All-Star Cast and Honorable Mention All-Star Cast.

"This continues a tradition of TWU grads excelling in the UIL One-Act competition. Needless to say, we are thrilled with Christina's big success," said Patrick Bynane, Ph.D., Director of the TWU Drama Program.

Group photo of musical theatre masterclass with Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez
Musical theatre masterclass with Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez.

Drama senior Riley Payne, who is a member of the inaugural TWU musical theatre certificate class, performed Saturday, October 8, in a masterclass taught by Lindsay Mendez.

Lindsay Mendez made her Broadway debut playing Jan in Grease. The big-belting singer went on to The Marvelous Wonderettes before landing a role in Sherie Rene Scott’s Everyday Rapture, which she performed both off and on Broadway. After a featured part in the 2011 revival of Godspell, Mendez made her leading lady debut in off-Broadway’s Dogfight. Soon, she will take over the starring role of Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked.

Kelley Poché-Rodriguez, TWU Assistant Visiting Professor of Music, accompanied on piano. The masterclass, was held at Oh Look Performing Arts in Grapevine, TX. 

Program News

TWU students perform Henry V in period costume.
William Shakespeare's Henry V, directed by Steven Young.

We are proud to announce our Redbud Theater 2016-2017 Season! This year's performances will include Jean Anouilh's Antigone; Gun Show, ​a new work by Assistant Professor Steven Young, which will tour the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival; LoveSong by Abi Morgan; and our musical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. We're looking forward to a fun and rewarding season as well as our upcoming trip to the UK! 2016-2017 Press Release [PDF].

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Alumni Spotlight

Headshot for TWU alumna Cheryl Allison

Who: Cheryl Allison
1989, BS in Music, Minor in Drama
Fort Worth, Texas
Where are They Now:
Dallas, TX

Cheryl Allison was born in Fort Worth and grew up in Dallas.

Allison graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Music (Voice Performance) with a Drama Minor in 1989 and then received her Masters of Arts (Voice Performance) in 1990 and moved straight to NYC right after she graduated with her Masters. She has lived in NYC and LA for over 20 years and though she works out of state frequently she now bases out of Dallas. After moving to NYC, Allison booked a National Tour of The Sound of Music. She has since toured Japan in The Secret Garden, and performed at the Kennedy Center in the National Tour ofThe Buddy Holly Story where she met former President George H. Bush and Barbara Bush backstage.

Allison has recently starred in a feature film called “No Letting Go”. The film has won awards worldwide at film festivals and will be released in select theaters as well as on-demand throughout the nation and in Canada. She has received four Best Lead Actress Awards for her role from the Southampton International Film Festival (UK), Sydney Indie Film Festival, Accolade Global Film Competition and the IndieFEST Film Awards in Los Angeles.

Locally, she has worked at Casa Manana and won the 2015 Dallas BroadwayWorld Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for the role of Truvy/Steel Magnolias and just won the 2016 Column Award for Best Featured Actress for Madame Thenardier/Les Miserables.

Trust where life takes you. I took a chunk of time off from the business […] and when I returned I was even better at my craft. I have done some of my best work since returning to my career. One last piece of advice: don't ever forget why you got into the arts in the first place. Your passion and love for your craft should always be your motivation.
 Cheryl Allison, TWU alumna and star of the award-winning film No Letting Go

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