Award-winning playwrights Naomi Iizuka and Sarah Ruhl have been selected by the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and McCarter Theatre Center as the next Roger S. Berlind ’52 Playwrights-in-Residence. Both writers will engage with Princeton students in the coming year through teaching, master classes, or workshops and will write and develop a new play in collaboration with McCarter.
Obie Award-winning playwright, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow, and Princeton alum Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has been commissioned by the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University to write and develop a new adaptation of Euripides’ The Bakkhai. The commission is being supported through the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Playwright-in-Residence Fund. The new play will premiere at the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex in October 2017.
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.
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.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant-Scène will present the fifth annual Seuls en Scène, French Theater Festival, which will take place from September 22 through October 6 at venues across the University’s campus. Most performances will be in French, some with English supertitles, and are free and open to the public.
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.
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.