2022-2023 Season, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Texas at Austin

(via UT Theatre & Dance)


2022 - 2023 Season

…but you could’ve held my hand

By JuCoby Johnson

Directed by Braxton Rae

October 6-16, 2022
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Four ten-year-olds meet at a wedding. Little do they know, they will become the center of each other’s lives for decades to come. Jumping through time, we see these people only during important life moments such as prom, funerals, weddings, anniversaries and even divorces. …but you could’ve held my hand uses dance, music and poetry to explore sexuality, gender, race, love and blackness in a beautiful meditation on how love manifests in our lives as we experience life’s ups and downs.

In Sisters We Trust
or My F*cked Up American Girl Doll Play

By Justine Gelfman
In collaboration with Susan Wolk

Directed by Jenny Lavery

October 20-29, 2022
B. Iden Payne Theatre

The American Girl Dolls are all grown up and gathered together for a televised Bachelor-style reunion to decide the fate of the company. But suddenly, the girls start disappearing; something glitches and we’re thrown into a glossy feminist co-working space on the brink of expansion. The progressive women at the helm are still perpetuating age-old oppressive practices, now just in a shade of millennial pink. In Sisters We Trust, or My F*cked Up American Girl Doll Play investigates how corporate feminism is repeating and rebranding mistakes of the past instead of finding new pathways to empowerment.

This is an historically inaccurate play about $80 dolls, intersectionality and self-identifying female co-working spaces.

Dance Repertory Theatre presents

Fall For Dance

Artistic Director Leah Cox
Producing Artistic Director Erica “eg” Gionfriddo  

November 9-13, 2022
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Award-winning student dance company, Dance Repertory Theatre, returns to the stage this fall with new works by professional and student choreographers. Featuring a range of interdisciplinary new and revised works, Fall For Dance showcases cross-disciplinary dialogue that invites the audience to consider what Pan-African, street, contemporary and technology-based movement forms have to say to one another and what we can learn by listening. Performances will include work by faculty members Erica "eg" Gionfriddo, Leah Cox and Joel Valentín-Martínez as well as Teena Marie Custer, Kevin Ormby and work by emerging undergraduate choreographers. 

UTNT (UT New Theatre)

New plays by M.F.A. playwrights
Co-Producing Artistic Directors KJ Sanchez, Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw

UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed works from playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Now celebrating its 16th season, this showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many plays continuing on to be professionally produced across the country.

February 18-26, 2023
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Details about plays included in UTNT (UT New Theatre) 2023 will be announced in fall 2022. 

Dance Repertory Theatre presents


March 1-5, 2023
B. Iden Payne Theatre

Dance Repertory Theatre returns this spring in EMERGE, presenting new work from professional and student choreographers. Exploring themes of emergence, EMERGE seeks to reflect on history in order to imagine a way forward, elevating the inventiveness and interconnectivity of moving art forms. Each piece has been developed in a residency-style incubator, allowing for immersion with a single choreographer in a depth of research where the future of dance is given space to emerge. EMERGE will also feature the return of the Haruka Weiser Commission. 

The Cohen New Works Festival

April 3-7, 2023
F. Loren Winship Drama Building

The Cohen New Works Festival is a unique, biennial, week-long celebration of new work created by students at The University of Texas at Austin. Spanning multiple disciplines, skill sets and areas of study across campus, the Festival is not just an event, but a celebration of the continuously ongoing process of creating new work. Held in multiple locations across UT Austin campus, The Cohen New Works Festival presents over 30 new works and represents the spirit of creativity, innovation and community.   

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