Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Film, Theater & Entertainment / News & Media / Authors & Editors

Bill Arhos '57
School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences
Producer

Co-creator and executive producer emeritus of the PBS program "Austin City Limits", the longest-running music program in television history, the only television show to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts, and, according to Time magazine, one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time

Ron Bozman '69
School of Social Sciences
Producer

Executive producer for "Silence of the Lambs," "Beloved," "For the Love of the Game," "Philadelphia" and other award-winning movies

Mark Brice '80
School of Humanities
Cinematographer

2008 Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for PBS documentary, "Carrier"

Joy Browne '66
School of Social Sciences
Author, Radio and Television Personality

Author and Radio and Television Psychologist

Bill Broyles '66
School of Humanities
Screenwriter

Created the television series "China Beach" and wrote screenplays for "Apollo 13," "Cast Away" and "Planet of the Apes" (2001 version)

Paul Burka '63
School of Humanities
Writer and editor

Dean of the Texas Capitol press corps and senior editor of Texas Monthly; joined the staff one year after the magazine's founding in 1973 and for 40 years has led the magazine's political coverage; is a frequent guest on national news programs on MSNBC, Fox, NBC and CNN

Gregory Curtis '66
School of Humanities
Political Editor

Editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly Magazine for the last 20 years; was Texas Monthly's first hire and has helped it win five National Magazine Awards

Chris Eska '98
School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences
Writer/Director

Wrote and directed "August Evening," Best Feature winner at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival and winner of the Maverick Award for Best Film, Woodstock Film Festival; produced "Doki-Doki," which premiered on PBS' "Independent Lens;" most recently wrote and directed "The Retrieval," a Special Jury Prize Winner at SXSW 2013.

Stephen Fell '05
School of Humanities
Director

Co-directed "Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion" with Will Thompson '05, a 2006 documentary examining the pro-life movement

Ryann Ferguson '04
School of Humanities
Writer/Producer

Creative director of "little wow productions" and co-creator of "Vote! the Musical!"; also collaborated with Steven Jamail '02 on the Harper's Guild Award-winning aria "Lotus Song"

John Graves '42
School of Humanities
Author

Author of more than 30 books and was a contributor to Texas Monthly, Atlantic, Esquire, and the New Yorker; his book, "Goodbye to a River," about a canoe trip down the Brazos River in Texas, is regarded as a classic; The New York Times called him "a giant in Texas letters and one of the nation's more elegant prose stylists"

Tilly Hatcher '98
School of Architecture
Teacher, Painter, Architect

Architect and urban planner; debuted in the independent film "Beeswax" by Andrew Bujalski, which the New York Times called "A remarkably subtle, even elegant movie"

Eva Hoffman '67
School of Humanities
Author

Her books include "Lost in Translation"

Jordan Jaffe '10
School of Humanities
Theater Founder

Founded Black Lab Theatre in Houston, and serves as its Artistic Director; was named one of the Top 100 Creatives in the Houston Arts committee, and has helped the theatre win numerous accolades from Houston Press and Broadway World

Steven Jamail '02
Shepherd School of Music
Music Director, Composer, Lyricist

Co-creator of "Vote! the Musical" and music director of Rosie's Broadway Kids, an arts education organization for kids

Matthew Jensen '02
School of Humanities
Artist

Visual artist who has been featured in a number of solo galleries across the United States; works have been displayed in the Yancey Richardson Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Karrie '92 and Tim League '92
George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences (Karrie)
George R. Brown School of Engineering and School of Humanities (Tim)
Entrepreneurs

The Leagues founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which Entertainment Weekly named "the best theater in America"; the cinema was founded in Austin, but new theaters are being built nationwide; Tim is chief executive officer

Larry McMurtry '60
School of Humanities
Author

Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner for "Lonesome Dove" and Oscar for best screenplay, "Brokeback Mountain"

Quinton Nixon '97
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Sound Designer

Re-recording mixer, sound designer, post-production sound or sound recording engineer on films such as "The J.H. Gunn Project," "The Sun and the Moon," "Who Loves the Sun," "The Fighting Temptations," and "Remember the Titans," among others

Megan O'Grady '97
School of Humanities
Editor

Contributing Editor and Book Reviewer for Vogue Magazine; was a 2012 Arts and Culture Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard; serves as a board member of the National Book Critics Circle

Michael Petry '81
School of Humanities and Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Artist, curator and author

Multi-media artist; director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, London; and co-founder of the Museum of the Installation, London

David Rhodes '96
School of Social Sciences
Television executive

President of CBS News, where he is responsible for award-winning broadcasts like "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer" and "48 Hours"; landed on Fortune's "40 Under 40" and GQ's "The 50 Most Powerful People in Washington"; previously held senior roles at Bloomberg and Fox News

Le Anne Schreiber '67
School of Humanities
Writer/Editor

Former ombudsman for ESPN and the first female sports editor of a major daily newspaper, The New York Times

Tariq Tapa '03
School of Humanities
Writer/Director

Wrote and directed the film "Zero Bridge," shown at the 2008 Venice Film Festival

Will Thompson '05
George R. Brown School of Engineering and School of Humanities
Director

Co-directed "Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion" with Stephen Fell '05, a 2006 documentary examining the pro-life movement

Rebecca Greene Udden '73
School of Humanities
Dramatic arts pioneer

Founding artistic director of Houston's Main Street Theater, a nationally recognized playhouse

Vivian Vahlberg '70
School of Social Sciences
Journalist

Digital media director for the Media Management Center at Northwestern University and the former first female president of the National Press Club


Katherine Whaley '04
School of Humanities
News Reporter

Award-winning journalist at Houston-area syndicate of ABC TV Network