News Archive


  • May

    First Annual Film + Theater Exhibit (By James Dziedzic, Film Instructor)

    Welcome to St. Michael's First Annual Film + Theater Exhibit! The student-produced event at the Gloria Delgado Performing Arts Center will showcase theater and film student talent in comedy sketches, music and a world premier of the “LAX Brothers.” Come out to support and appreciate our graduating seniors. The Crusader Nation Parent Association invites you to a Pre-Show Reception starting at 6 pm in Cafe Laredo. It is free and open to all adults. Sweet treats will also be served for students and young ones.
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  • April

    Sarah Stuart Joins St. Michael's as Director of Theater (By Stephanie Stewart, Humanities Chair and Roxanne Thurman, STEM Chair)

    We are excited to let you know that Sarah Stuart will be joining our faculty this fall as Director of Theater. Ms. Stuart has been teaching Theatre Arts for over 15 years. She received her BFA in Acting from the Conservatory at Webster University and spent time training at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Sarah is the former Theatre Arts instructor for Trinity Episcopal School, where she taught for six years. She also opened The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she created and taught the acting curriculum.

    A former member of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, Sarah has directed and acted in numerous musicals and plays. Her professional work in Austin includes productions for UT New Theatre and Austin Shakespeare.

    “My passion to teach comes from the deepest part of who I am. The foundation of my teaching philosophy can be summed up in Shakespeare’s quote, “To thy own self be true.” With my students, I stress the importance of personal and artistic integrity, establishing emotional connections, and creating a respectful and trusting environment in the classroom and on the stage, one in which the student can fully explore, experience and express the human condition through acting.”

    Sarah shares her favorite quote by Goethe:

    “Until one is committed there is hesitancy,
    the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
    Concerning all acts of initiative (and Creation)
    There is one elementary truth
    The ignorance which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
    the moment that one definitely commits one’s self, then Providence moves too.
    All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred.
    A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
    raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings
    And material assistance which no one could have dreamt
    Would have come your way.
    Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”
     –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    When not on stage or in the classroom, Sarah enjoys reading, watching movies, visiting wineries, hanging out on Lady Bird Lake, and going to the beach. Again, welcome, Sarah!
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  • Spring Music Concert May 5 + 6 (By Steve Moreland, Director of Fine Arts)

    The annual Spring Music Concert is on May 5-6 and is titled "Into The Future." This is a two-night show and will feature songs from 1985-present and music will change each night.  You'll also see the students performing on our new modern instruments (thanks to your generous donations to the Crusader Fund) such as the keytars, synthesizers, and amazing sounds from our new guitar pedal boards!  No registration or tickets required.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the outdoor concert on Friday.

    All of the year-long Modern Band Lab classes (Blocks D, E, F, & G) will perform BOTH nights. However, the Intro To MBL (Blocks A & B) and CruBands will perform on only one night.  This is mainly because of the sheer number of students who are performing and we are trying to keep the show to under three hours both nights.  The Friday night show will also be "Senior Recognition Night."  
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  • February

    Film Instructor James Dziedzic Interviewed on 'Lights, Camera, Austin' Program (by Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    James Dziedzic is St. Michael's instructor for its unique four-year film studies course, modeled after university programs, which he organized and runs. Since the inception of the program, St. Michael's film students have won competitions as well as awards at film festivals around the country. 

    In addition to teaching at St. Michael’s, Dziedzic works in the industry, speaks at university film schools and film festivals, and runs the highly regarded Austin Revolution Film Festival (ARFF), which he founded and directs.  Last week, Dziedzic was interviewed about the 10th Annual ARFF by Robert Sims from Lights, Camera, Austin about the well-known and respected local festival, which Dziedzic characterizes as the "blue-collar" independent filmmaker's festival vehicle. The 35-minute interview may be accessed from this link.

    The four-year course includes Editing, Film & TV, Film Critique, Film Production, and Screenwriting. Dziedzic's expertise allows St. Michael’s students exposure and access to other experts in the field.
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  • Spring Musical: Godspell! (By Jon Cook, Theater Instructor)

    All students are invited to attend an information session on ways to get involved or audition for Godspell, our spring musical.
    • Event Date: February 22
    • Event Time & Duration: 12:30, 30 minutes
    • Location: Theatre
    Auditions will take place on February 28 starting at 4 pm in the Gloria Delgado Theatre.
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  • Seeking Submissions to ERIN Literary Magazine (By Kate Brady '22 and Hannah Haas '22)

    We're excited to edit this year's annual Erin literary magazine.  This is a high-quality compilation of student work. Writers, artists, photographers are welcome to submit their best pieces. The magazine is a great outlet for student creativity. Last year's issue with over 50 pages of art, photography, poetry, and prose is available digitally if you're curious and unfamiliar with the content. 
    Your work can be featured, so send it our way! 
    Hannah Haas
    Kate Brady
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