Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships. In addition to being a cultural leader for the region, Texas Performing Arts is doing our part to develop the next generation of arts professionals and patrons.
Campus & Community Engagement Events
Our engagement programs connect UT faculty, students, touring artists and the greater Central Texas community through a number of collaborations to contextualize the performing arts experience. Events include master classes, artist-directed symposia, workshops, post-performance Q&A's, lectures, brown bag lunches, youth performances, and other events to offer insight on many different levels into skill, technique, and the creative process.
Educational Programs (Grades 7-12)
Daytime Youth Performances
Each year we host thousands of area students from across Central Texas at two free daytime Youth Performances for students in grades 7-12. Each performance has corresponding educational resources including study guides, worksheets, self-guided digital presentations, and in-school presentations. These performances are often a student's first exposure to a live performance and their first time on The University of Texas campus.
Students Experiencing Art with Their Teachers
We also offer complimentary tickets to season performances that allow teachers to bring small groups of students to enjoy the arts as part of our Students Experiencing Art with Their Teachers Program (S.E.A.T.), as well as behind-the-scenes career tours.
Bastrop ISD Performing Arts And Academic Connection (PAAC)
In the 2013-2014 school year, we piloted the PAAC program with Bastrop ISD. Focused on 8th and 11th grade students, each year students attended two live performances, one in Bastrop and one at The University of Texas at Austin. Texas Performing Arts staff collaborated with Bastrop Language Arts teachers to create related lessons that met curricular objectives. The program was piloted in the 2013-2014 school year and successfully continued through the 2016-2017 school year with financial assistance from Texas Commission on the Fine Arts.
UT Student Employment
Each year we employ roughly 100 University of Texas students in departments across our organization ranging from lighting and production to marketing and talent buying. We provide hands-on, paid, real-world professional work experience and mentorship that prepares them to enter the professional world after college along with their world-class degree from the university.