The goal of this site is to promote the interests of artists at Southern Methodist University and in the greater Dallas area. By keeping up-to-date listings, advances and reviews of local performances, I hope to provide a place Dallas audiences will feel comfortable spending time before and after seeing a show or other arts-related, performance-oriented content. I also hope to offer valuable and thoughtful criticism of the performances in the area, as I see them.
My name is Ally Van Deuren and I am pursuing a BFA in theatre and a BA in journalism from SMU in Dallas, Texas. I am originally from Southern California, where I caught the “stage bug” at age three when I performed in my first dance recital. From that point on, I knew performance would always be a part of my life. As I got older, my interests slightly shifted and I got into writing and serving on my school newspaper’s staff. Ultimately, I would like to work in a job that will combine my passions in both fields. This blog is made possible by SMU’s Engaged Learning Program and Meadows School of the Arts.
My arts and entertainment writing has been published in SMU’s The Daily Campus, Chadwick School’s The Mainsheet, Palos Verdes Peninsula News, The Easy Reader, and Teen Ink. I have been a part of the casts of Interim, The Women, Homemade Fusion, Medea while at SMU Meadows School of the Arts Theatre Department so far. I am an active member of my sorority and I sing with the SMU Belle Tones, a female a cappella group. In April of 2013, I was lucky enough to sing for the five living presidents at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library on SMU‘s campus. I currently work in the Meadows School of the Arts Marketing and Communications office.