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Four Students Named Recipients of the 2017 Roy Crane Award

May 24, 2017

The 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 UT Austin from any major or area of study may compete for the award.

2017 recipients:

  • Sofia Aranha, undergraduate (senior), dance and economics
  • Gustavo Melo Cerqueira, doctoral candidate, African and African diaspora studies
    • Performances: “Destá”, “I (re)suicide for political reasons”, “The Fleshy-Soft-Org”, “Projeto Medéia”, “Meta-negritude”, and “Vozerias”
    • Watch Vozerias, an improvisational performance presented at the Resistencia Bookstore in Austin, Texas, in an event named “CONJURE: Calling up the Imagination of Resistance & Liberation.”
  • Jacqueline Heimel, graduate student, theatre
    • Performance: “Cock-A-Doodle-Now!”
    • Watch the performance. Randy the Rooster is a huge supporter of the “Cocks Not Glocks” movement on the UT Austin campus. He has traveled to UT from West Texas equipped with protest signs and ready to fight absurdity with absurdity. The performance was held in the atrium of the F. Loren Winship Drama Building, the open gathering space of the theatre and dance community.
  • Alex Heppelmann, doctoral candidate, music composition
    • Performance (composition): “Cry Wolf: An Opera for Young Audiences”
    • Watch scenes from Cry Wolf. Music by Alex Heppelmann. Libretto by William Glick.

Each recipient received a monetary award of $1,125.

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 Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Gunn.

"The committee was thoroughly impressed with the variety and quality of submissions this year. We all enjoyed experiencing the creative abilities of UT students, and had a difficult time narrowing down our final selections due to the high level of applications," said Gunn. "The chosen winners showed an extremely high level of achievement in their respective fields, and submitted projects that contributed to the greater UT community, an important aspect of Mr. Crane’s original intent." 

The 2018 Roy Crane Award will be given in the literary arts.

For more information about the award and how to nominate, readers can visit: