Alumni Shape Dallas Arts Scene

Bridget MarxChronologically, Dylan Key '11, is a relative newbie to professional theatre. What he might lack in experience, however, is more than offset by shared wisdom and encouragement from theatre veterans like drama faculty Kyle Lemieux and Stefan Novinkski. As associate director of Undermain Theatre, he already has come to realize that his profession's make up is part artistic creation and part organizational administration, when one day can be spent meeting with designers and the next reviewing grant applications.

Although the small theatre's home is historic Deep Ellum, it bolsters the entire area's arts scene by collaborating with other organizations and venues. One of the most significant partnerships is a production of Edna Walsh's "Penelope," the first full theatre production in the new Dallas City Performance Hall.

Like Key, Bridget Marx '99 (right) similarly relies on her ability to use regularly the creative and analytical sides of her brain. As associate director and curator of exhibitions at Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum, she is not only responsible for the museum's exhibitions, but its day-to-day operation. She constantly relies on UD experiences to manage the museum, which has the largest collection of old Master paintings in Dallas.

"Exhibiting art in a museum setting requires presenting a painting or group of objects within its historical context," explained Marx. "I constantly draw upon the Core to pull theological, philosophical and historical comparisons into my discussions of the art object."

In her role as membership database coordinator, Ester Ippolito '07 plays a vital development role by cultivating support for the Nasher Sculpture Center. Maintaining a growing list of members and ensuring member benefit satisfaction contributes to her feeling that she is helping Dallas become a more livable city.

"UD's Core, and specifically the arts history curriculum, gave me a true appreciation for the arts and helped me realize how art improves a population's quality of life," she said. "It's rewarding to know that I help sustain one of the city's cultural gems."

Similarly, Clare Chadwick '11 is an integral part of a museum's development efforts. As a development assistant for the nearby Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, she supports fundraising, sponsorship and stewardship projects that directly impact the museum's ability to present public access to the art of our time.

"The rigors and range of UD's academics helped me develop a work ethic suitable for a career in museum development," she said. "There's always a lot to be done by few people in a short period of time with limited resources."

PHOTO: Tamytha Cameron

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