Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Upcoming: The Evidence of Silence Broken, Zell Miller III, special performance at University of Texas, March 29

Zell Miller III

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies 19th Annual Graduate Student Conference

is honored to present Zell Miller III


The Evidence of Silence Broken

as our Keynote Performance at

8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29

at the Oscar Brockett Theatre

on the University of Texas at Austin campus.(click for map)

Admission to the performance is free for all registered conference attendees and participants. While registered conference presenters and attendees automatically have a seat reserved for them, there is a good number of additional seats available; please visit to reserve your free ticket. If you require any accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Tynisha Scott at <tynishascott [AT]>.

The performance will be followed by a conversation with featured discussants Maya Berry, Candace López, Dr. Meta DuEwa Jones, and Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones.

Artistic Director of The Cipher and Co-Artistic Director of UpRise! Productions Zell Milller III has won numerous awards for his work as an interdisciplinary theatre artist, poet, and youth counselor, teacher, and mentor. Miller directed the recent critically acclaimed production of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (UpRise! Productions) at The Vortex. He also directed the Xenogia Spoken Word Collective inThe Art of Verse, the latest in a long list of his works to earn the title of Best of Fest for the FronteraFest Short Fringe. He has worked with legendary theatre artists and poets such as sharon bridgforth, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Laurie Carlos, and he has been featured at poetry and theatre venues across the U.S. including the renowned Penumbra Theatre Company in Minnesota. C. Denby Swanson of The Austin Chronicle referred to Miller as "an incendiary device waiting to explode."

The Evidence of Silence Broken was developed through a workshop at Austin's Hyde Park Theatre and premiered at the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis in 2003 where it was voted Most Outstanding Theatrical Event 2003 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Miller brought the piece back to the Hyde Park Theatre in 2005 before it was published in the first anthology of Hip-Hop Theatre, Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy (TCG 2009).

The Oscar Brockett Theatre is located in the Winship Drama Building on the University of Texas at Austin campus at the corner of 23rd and San Jacinto and across the street from the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Parking is available along San Jacinto, Red River, and Dean Keeton; there are also parking garages located on San Jacinto and Manor. For more information about parking on campus, please visit For more information about UT Shuttle routes serving this area, please visit And for information about Capitol Metro buses serving this area, please visit

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies 19th Annual Graduate Student Conference and this Keynote Performance have been made possible through generous funding and support from the Department of Theatre & Dance and their Performance as Public Practice program, Asian Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, Comparative Literature, the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement, Economics, the Embry Women's Human Rights Initiative, the Department of English, the Gender & sexuality Center, the Graduate Student Assembly, the Rapport Center for Human Rights and Justice, the School of Social Work, the Department of Spanish & Portugese, and the VP for Student Affairs.

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