Milcha Sanchez-Scott, one of the country's foremost Latina playwrights, will be the first Maryalice Shary Shivers Chair of Fine Arts at The University of Texas-Pan American.
An accomplished writer in theater, television and film, Sanchez-Scott will teach courses in these areas during the spring semester and serve on the Department of Communication faculty. She will teach a graduate class and undergraduate class in writing techniques, as well as provide special one-day writing workshops.
"We look forward to her stay on our campus and know she will greatly enrich the lives of the students in her classes and in the college community," said Dr. Rodolfo Rocha, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.
Sanchez-Scott holds numerous awards, including a first-level award for American playwrights from the Rockefeller Foundation. She is known for her plays, which include "Roosters," "Dog Lady," "Stone Wedding," "The Cuban Swimmer" and "Latina." She currently is writing a television network series being aired this fall starring John Goodman.
During her time at UTPA, Sanchez-Scott will be gathering material for an original play to premier at the University as part of its 75th anniversary celebration in 2002. As time permits, she will be available for other workshops.
The first and unanimous choice of the theatre faculty for guest-artist chair through the Maryalice Shary Shivers award, Sanchez-Scott's visit will be funded from this grant - administered through the UTPA Foundation - and from faculty salary funds in the Department of Communication.
Classes for Sanchez-Scott are available to students through telephone registration. Advanced undergraduate students may register for COMM 4304.01, Scriptwriting. Graduate students may enroll in COMM 6342.01, Master Class in Theatrical Performance or Production: Writing for Stage and Screen.
Auditing will be possible only if demand is not overwhelming. Space may be limited for non-students, as Sanchez-Scott will spend significant time in individual sessions with students.
For more information on registering, auditing or arranging a workshop with Sanchez-Scott, contact Dr. Marian Monta, communications professor, at 956/381-3586.