During this extended intermission on our stages, we invite you backstage for a look at what goes on behind the scenes and to meet the staff and students who bring you the performances you love. So, until we can be together in the theater again, put on your backstage pass and enjoy this behind-the-scenes journey. For information about suspended events, visit our event information page.
TPA student employee Kennedy Thompson extends a heartwarming thank you to the TPA scenic studio staff and explains why there’s no place she’d rather be than backstage at TPA.
We offer a round of applause for our graduating TPA student employees. Hook ‘em!
With the first college-campus taping of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last November and saving 45 historic Hollywood Backdrops, TPA makes the recent “Best of ATX: Arts & Culture 2020” list in Austin Monthly—twice.
UT faculty and staff magazine Texas Connect shines a spotlight on the people who keep some of Austin’s busiest theaters running.
TPA talent buyer and UT alumnus (2015) Will Shirey shares how his experience as a student employee launched a career in concert programming and brought him back to campus.
Listen to a TPA staff-curated playlist of songs that give us light while our stages are dark.
KMFA-FM’s Austin Classical host Dianne Donovan sits down with TPA Executive Director Bob Bursey to talk about his celebrated career, forthcoming plans for Texas Performing Arts, and how he is staying centered and inspired through quarantine.
Campus & Community Engagement Director Judith Rhedin talks about making memories through TPA’s educational programs and free community events.
While performing at TPA in 2019, gospel artist Trey McLaughlin and members of his ensemble, The Sounds of Zamar, stopped by Huston-Tillotson University for a masterclass with Dr. Gloria Quinlan’s choir students.
TPA salutes our long-time presenting sponsor, and champion of Central Texas community, H-E-B.
UT students reflect on the interdisciplinary collaboration needed to create the Creek Monster Habitat.
TPA Scenic Arts studio students transform a bare wall into a skyscape for the McCombs School of Business.
TPA students began work on a soundscape in celebration of this year’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Listen to a preview of the soundscape and make your own promise to improve our environment.
Students take a moment to reflect on their creative learning through collaboration in the TPA design studios and shops.
Butler School of Music student Nicholas Perry Clark and an unusual ensemble (including a dancer) perform his meditative composition “Tejas Means Friend” as part of TPA’s 2019 Sound and Sculpture at the monumental UT Landmarks-commissioned Amistad América by José Parlá.
Go inside the studio to watch a TPA student and staff crew create a new scenic backdrop in this time lapse video.
Meet Reed Neal, whose work as a student in the TPA scene shop prepared him to work on one of off-Broadway’s hottest shows.
TPA Scenic Arts Supervisor Karen Maness gives a perspective painting tutorial for creating scenic artwork.
In this new time lapse video, see TPA production crew and student employees go from bare stage to opening night for the Butler Opera Center’s 2019 production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Meet UT Theatre and Dance graduate (2011) and former TPA student employee Jen Ash, now a Broadway stage manager. We caught up with her when she was back at Bass Concert Hall for our recent presentation of COME FROM AWAY.