Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith as the new director of the University’s Program in Creative Writing. Smith, a Professor of Creative Writing on the Princeton faculty since 2005, succeeds National Book Award finalist and poet Susan Wheeler, who has led the program since 2011.
Work by Lecturer in Visual Arts Eve Aschheim and recent graduate Gerardo Veltri ’15 will be featured in Living Threads, a summer invitational exhibition at The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
The Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is pleased to announce that Deana Lawson and Jeff Whetstone will join the photography faculty. Both appointments will commence September 1, 2015.
Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf is featured on the HuffPost Arts & Culture blog this week. She writes about how to make Broadway musical theater more diverse and how to empower kids along the way.
Fiction writer Darcey Steinke and four seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, March 27 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the Emerging Writers Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Tom Markham, Shannon McGue, Jane Pritchard, and David White, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at the bookstore at 122 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a screening of Ze’eva Cohen: Creating A Life In Dance, a documentary directed and edited by Sharon Kaufman, which received its world premiere at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in February. The screening of the 32-minute film on dancer, choreographer, Professor of Dance Emerita, and founder of the Program in Dance Ze’eva Cohen will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 in the James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The evening will also include a screening of the short film Passing It On: Four Princeton Alumni Look Back. Following the screenings, Princeton Professor of Dance Judith Hamera will moderate a panel discussion on dance in higher education with Cohen, Professor of Dance at Swarthmore College Sharon Friedler, and Professor of Dance at Montclair State University Elizabeth McPherson. This event is free and open to the public.
Internationally renowned singer/songwriter Paul Simon visited Princeton University yesterday, talking about his career and his most recent work in a discussion facilitated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Princeton Professor Paul Muldoon. The Grammy Award-winning artist also offered an impromptu performance to a capacity audience of over 800, made up of mostly students joined by faculty and staff at Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton campus. The event was presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Performance Central.
On Wednesday, March 11, fiction writer Akhil Sharma and poet and translator A.E. Stallings will read from their works as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance presents the 2015 Spring Dance Festival, a dance concert showcasing more than 50 students performing repertory by distinguished, internationally renowned choreographers Jodie Gates, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Marshall, and Stephen Petronio, and premieres of new works by Marjani Forté and David Neumann. The Festival will be presented on Friday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.
Ze'eva Cohen: Creating A Life In Dance, a new documentary film on Ze’eva’s career as a dancer and choreographer and founder of the Dance Program at Princeton, was accepted to the Dance On Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center. The film will be screened at Lincoln Center on February 3 at 3:00 p.m. A screening of the film at Princeton is planned for March.
Brian Herrera, Assistant Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, has received a 2014-15 Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship, a research fellowship awarded by the University of Texas at Austin.
Princeton Professors Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf serve as the co-editors for the Winter 2014 edition of the prestigious theater journal TDR: The Drama Review, a Journal of Performance Studies. This special guest issue is entitled “Performing Desire” and features articles by Princeton faculty members Judith Hamera and Brian Herrera. All four scholars teach in Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.