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.
Program in Theater senior Sonya Hayden has been awarded a Witherspoon Scholarship to study theater at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Established last spring, the scholarship honors the historic ties between Princeton and Edinburgh, highlighting the role of John Witherspoon at both institutions, and is awarded annually to a Princeton senior.
Poet Eduardo C. Corral has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. The Holmes National Poetry Prize was established in memory of Princeton 1951 alumnus Theodore H. Holmes and is presented each year to a poet of special merit as selected by the faculty of the Creative Writing Program. The award currently carries a prize of $5,000.
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.
The Lewis Center for the Arts announces the award of more than $105,000 to support the summer projects and research of 53 Princeton students, including substantial individual awards through the Alex Adam ’07 Award, the Mallach Senior Thesis Fund, the Sam Hutton Fund for the Creative Arts, and the Carpenter Family Fund for Comparative Literature. The awards were made through a competitive application process that received 90 proposals requesting just under $400,000 in funding. For many recipients the funding provides the resources to conduct research, undertake training, and pursue other opportunities critical to achieving their senior thesis project goals.
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.
Graphic Designer and Lecturer in Visual Arts David Reinfurt has been awarded a 2016-2017 Rome Prize in Design. Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives.
Program in Theater faculty members John Doyle, Jane Cox, Riccardo Hernandez, and Anita Yavich have been nominated for Drama Desk Awards in direction, lighting design, set design, and costume design, respectively.
The creative and the academic reside hand in hand in Brian Herrera's work as a theater-maker, scholar and teacher. An Assistant Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center, Herrera examines the history of gender, sexuality, and race within and through U.S. popular performance in his scholarship and in the courses he teaches at Princeton, which include "Queer Boyhoods," "Autobiographical Storytelling,” "Playing Against Type,” and "Movements for Diversity in American Theater."
Dean of the College, Annan Professor in English, and Professor of Theater Jill Dolan has been named a 2016-17 fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of seven Princeton faculty recognized.
On Monday, April 18th, McCarter Theatre Center and Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will host a symposium commemorating the 20th anniversary of August Wilson’s seminal speech, “The Ground on Which I Stand,” delivered in 1996 from the stage of the McCarter’s Matthew’s Theatre addressing questions of race, diversity, and cultural identity in the American Theater.
The Lewis Center for the Arts and the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University will present Ireland and Shakespeare, a symposium of debate and performance centered on Irish versions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and featuring leading Irish directors, actors, and critics, on Saturday, March 5 from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street.
Lecturer in Visual Arts and sculptor/painter Pam Lins has been selected as a recipient of an unrestricted grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Lins is one of 30 artists awarded $20,000 each to continue their work in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video, craft or multimedia.