UNC Theatre Arts & Dance alumna Neyla Pekarek discusses her career path since graduating from UNC and her commission from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to create a full-production musical called Rattlesnake Kate. 

Senior Arts Journalist for the DCPA News Center, John Moore, writes:

"Pekarek is the first writer to be commissioned by new DCPA Theatre Company Artistic Director Chris Coleman. Pekarek will develop Rattlesnake Kate into a full-fledged musical with the help of script writer Karen Hartman and local dramaturg Heidi Schmidt. A commission means the Denver Center will provide Pekarek with full technical, workshop and other support, with a right-of-first-refusal to premiere the musical when it is completed. “I am so thrilled that other people are excited about the story the way I am,” Pekarek said."