Four Students Honored with 2020 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts

June 8, 2020 

The 2020 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts has been given to four students in the category of the performing arts. The award rotates annually between performing, literary, and visual arts, and all undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin from any major or area of study may compete for the award.

2020 Roy Crane Award Recipients

Khristián Méndez Aguirre

Doctoral Student, Theatre & Dance

  • Portfolio: Mammoth by Adam R. Burnett, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn, and Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Mackenzie Lawrence

Undergraduate Senior, Dance

  • Portfolio: What Do You Know About Ghosts?, Reflects/Reflex, I Know You'd Be Asking, and The Stamina of Joy

Jose Martinez

Doctoral Student, Composition

  • Portfolio: 39 Inside

Emily Tolson

Undergraduate Senior, Dance

  • Portfolio: Spillage

Each recipient received a monetary award of up to $1,350.

To be considered for the award, a student must be nominated by a faculty member and submit an application and a portfolio. The selection committee was chaired by Alexander Birchler, associate professor of practice in the Department of Art and Art History.

The 2021 Roy Crane Award will be given in the literary arts. To learn more about the award and how to apply, visit