Award-winning writer Marina Budhos will present a reading from her new novel, Watched, and take part in a discussion about her work on Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 010 in the East Pyne building on the Princeton University campus. The event has been organized by Princeton Arts Fellow and filmmaker Afia Serena Nathaniel, and the conversation will be moderated by Program in Creative Writing faculty member and screenwriter Christina Lazaridi. The event is free and open to the public.
Tony Award-winning dancer and singer Donna McKechnie, an original cast member of the musicals A Chorus Line, Company and Promises, Promises will discuss her extraordinary Broadway career and her work with legendary director/choreographer Michael Bennett, as well as other choreographers, with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The discussion will take place on Monday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street as a part of Doyle’s fall course, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, this event is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, directed by faculty member Mark Nelson and featuring seniors Charlie Baker and Stanley Mathabane, on October 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 8:00 p.m. and October 22 at 3:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street. A talkback discussion with the director and cast will follow the October 22 performance.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will mark the launch of a new Program in Music Theater with a day-long symposium on Princeton’s music theater past, present and future on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public. Princeton alumni, faculty and students—singers, actors, dancers, scholars, and composers who are making their creative marks on the opera world and on and off Broadway—will come together to participate in a series of panels on the art form and its importance at Princeton and beyond. The symposium is organized by a committee of Princeton faculty, alumni, students, and staff, led by Princeton Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf, who directs the new Program in Music Theater.
Former Dean of the Actors Studio Drama School and master acting teacher Sam Schacht will present a lecture and master class on “Acting Chekhov: The Stella Adler Approach,” for Princeton University students, open to the public to observe, on Thursday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Whitman College Theater on the Princeton campus. The session is part of a fall course being co-taught by Professor R. N. Sandberg of the Program in Theater and the Department of English and Professor Olga P. Hasty of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, “The Human Comedy of Anton Chekhov Off and On Stage (In English Translation).” The event is cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Comparative Literature, The Council of the Humanities Class of 1970 Fund, and the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and is free.
President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin will engage in a conversation on the musical Follies with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, focusing on the work of the show’s producer/director Hal Prince and co-director/choreographer Michael Bennett. The discussion will take place on Monday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street and is part of a fall course Doyle is teaching, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, the event is free and open to the public.
Lecturer in Creative Writing Monica Youn’s latest book of poems, Blackacre, has been longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry. A book by poet Kevin Young, who was the 2014-15 Holmes Visiting Professor in the Program in Creative Writing, has also been included.
A publication by Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf, one of America’s foremost scholars on musical theatre and the Director of Princeton's new Program in Music Theater, has been named to a list of "10 Books Every Theatre Lover Should Read" by Marissa Friedman.
Film historian and theorist Michael B. Gillespie will join Princeton University’s Program in Visual Arts faculty as a visiting associate professor in the fall, along with filmmakers Afia Serena Nathaniel, Lynne Sachs and Yaara Sumeruk, as Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts continues to expand its courses and programming in filmmaking and film studies. The Center will also co-present a special film series with Princeton Garden Theatre, "Cinema Today," which will feature screenings and talks by some of the most intriguing film directors working today.
A group of faculty and students explored the intersection of arts and engineering while testing the limits of their imaginations in a new course offered this past spring called "Transformations in Engineering and the Arts.” The class was organized around four modules in the first half of the semester: visuals, sound, structure and movement. The modules included lectures, hands-on activities, discussions of aesthetics in pieces everyone watched or heard, mini-design challenges, and tutorials on tools and resources available in a newly created teaching space called StudioLab.
During the past spring semester, Lecturer in Theater Anya Klepikov brought her students to the Princeton University Art Museum to observe firsthand how color can be used to communicate an incredible range of ideas and feelings. Klepikov, a set and costume designer for theater and opera, fleshed out this important concept in the new freshman seminar course "Creative Exploration of Color in Life and Artistic Expressions."
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named award-winning lighting designer Jane Cox as the new director of the University’s Program in Theater. Cox has been a member of the Program in Theater faculty since 2007 and was recently promoted to senior lecturer in the program. Her appointment will begin on July 1.
On June 6, Dean of the College, Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater Jill Dolan will present the award for Best Book in LGBT Studies at the 28th Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). In addition to her role as presenter, a book that Dolan co-edited — Memories of the Revolution — is nominated for Best LGBT Anthology.
Five current faculty members in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater have recently been nominated for or received major awards. Jane Cox received the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for The Color Purple. Riccardo Hernandez was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for a Play for Red Speedo at New York Theatre Workshop. Anita Yavich was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design for a Play for The Legend of Georgia McBride. John Doyle was nominated for both a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical and a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for The Color Purple. Anne Washburn received the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
Playwright and Lecturer in Theater Anne Washburn has received a 2016 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for her risk-taking work in theatre. Administered by the California Institute of the Arts, the Herb Alpert Award is a prize of $75,000 given annually to five mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts.