Beta Test.2 To Kick Off New
Theatre Season at UTD Sept. 17

RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 20, 2004 ) — Thomas Riccio, The University of Texas at Dallas’ professor of performance studies, will kick off what he promises will be a “daring new season” at 8 p.m., Sept. 17, in the University Theater with Beta Test.2, a festival designed to introduce and develop experimental performance work and artists.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 pm on Sundays. The festival will run until Sunday, Sept. 26.


Now in its second season, Beta Test.2 features original and innovative digital art, performance art, video, audio animation and hybrid medium presentations. Riccio perceives Beta Test as an opportunity for students to explore the limits of their creativity through the use of a variety of media. Since there are more than 20 presentations, they will alternate each day.

The selection committee for the presentation includes Riccio, Dean Terry, video and digital artist, Greg Metz, visual and installation artist, and Venus Opal Reese, playwright and spoken word artist. All are faculty members within the School of Arts and Humanities. Beta Test.2 is a collaboration between UTD’s Performance and Visual Arts and the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail [email protected], or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ Web site at Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls about 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at