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Fort Worth's Amphibian Stage Productions has promoted Linsey Retcofsky, who has served as associate producer since 2013, to managing director. She holds a master of arts degree in theatre from Texas Woman’s University.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program continues its 2017-2018 season with Jean-Baptiste Racine’s Phaedra. TWU welcomes guest director Lydia Mackay, an esteemed actor and director who has worked in a number of Dallas-Fort Worth theaters and playhouses, including Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Theatre Three and Amphibian Stage Productions. The production runs Nov. 15-19.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program will open its 2017-2018 season with The Wal*Mart-ians, an original play written and directed by Steven Young, associate professor of theatre at TWU. The Wal*Mart-ians was originally produced in Chicago, where it won the 2003 Chicago Arts and Entertainment award for best comedy of the year. The production runs Oct. 11-15, 2017.
The Texas Woman’s University Drama Program and the Department of Music and Drama have received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to change their official titles to the Theatre Program and the Department of Music and Theatre.
This summer, the Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program performed 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.
TWU alumna Christina Garcia leads students to UIL State Championship
Christina Garcia, graduate of the TWU Theatre 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 Theatre Program.
Theatre 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.
Who: Cheryl Allison
Graduated: 1989, BS in Music, Minor in Drama
From: 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 of The 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