Composer and lyricist César Alvarez and sound artist and musician Jess Rowland have been named Princeton University Arts Fellows for 2018-20 and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September. Alvarez and Rowland were selected from a large, diverse, and multi-talented pool of 395 applicants in dance, music, creative writing, theater, and the visual arts.
Princeton University has named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Director of Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, as the new chair of the University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Smith succeeds theater scholar Michael Cadden, Senior Lecturer in the Program in Theater, who has served as chair of the Center since 2012. Smith will begin her new duties as chair on July 1, 2019.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present Performance Lab, showcasing nine new works created by thirteen Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hearst Dance Theater at the new Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. Each performance will be followed by a talkback. The event is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present the new musical Picnic at Hanging Rock with book, music and lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik, adapted from the Australian novel by Joan Lindsay, on March 2, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center on the Princeton campus. The production is directed by senior Nico Krell with music direction by Department of Music faculty member Stephanie Tubiolo, and features seniors Jared Brendon Hopper, Meagan Raker, Allison Light, and Emma Watkins.
Award-winning director, playwright, and stage and film actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson will direct a reading of August Wilson’s play Seven Guitars and discuss diversity in American theater in a conversation with Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera as part of a week-long residency at Princeton University. The conversation will be held on February 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Godfrey Kerr Studio and the play reading on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio, both venues at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. These events are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal on February 10, 16, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and February 11 at 2 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and an energetic pop/rock score by Tom Kitt, takes an unflinching look at a modern family struggling with the effects of mental illness. The production, directed by returning guest director Ethan Heard with music direction by Alex Ratner, features seniors Kat Giordano and Katie Frorer and is stage managed by senior Magda Stankowska. Audience talkbacks led my mental health experts will follow the February 11 and 19 performances.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present an exploration of the play, Fly, written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, on February 8, 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton campus. The production features Princeton senior Nemo Teferi and is directed by guest director Whitney White. An audience talkback will follow the February 10 performance. The show is free and open to the public with tickets available in advance and at the door just prior to performances.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present the haunting drama Etched in Skin on a Sunlit Night by Kara Lee Corthron, directed by senior Abigail Jean-Baptiste, on January 11, 12 and 14 at 8:00 p.m. and January 13 at 9:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present a staged reading of original musical theater works that are inspired by the history revealed through the Princeton & Slavery Project on Saturday, January 13 with performances at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall on the Princeton campus. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present an exploration of a new play, Letters and Dreams, written by and featuring senior Fiona Bell, on January 11 and 13 at 8:00 p.m., January 12 at 4:30 p.m., and January 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Class of 1970 Theatre at Whitman College on the Princeton campus. An audience talkback will follow the January 12 performance. The show is free and open to the public with tickets available in advance and at the door just prior to performances.
The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University has announced the selection of five Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. Martyna Majok, Mario Moore, Okwui Okpokwasili, Jacob Shores-Argüello, and Lauren Yee are this year’s recipients of the Hodder Fellowship, created to provide artists and humanists in the early stages of their careers an opportunity to undertake significant new work.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater in collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton will present a performance of work created by Princeton students from Assistant Professor in Theater Brian Herrera’s fall course, “Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me.” In this performance students will use an array of storytelling modes to bring to life the historical materials unearthed by the Princeton & Slavery Project. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present an original, immersive experience that utilizes visual arts, theatrical lighting, scenic and installation design, as well as movement and musical performance, to offer a new perspective on Mozart’s iconic and beloved classic, Symphony #40. This new work was created by Princeton students as the culminating project of a fall Atelier course co-taught by composer/conductor Jayce Ogren and theatrical designer/director Michael Counts. The event, which the organizers make clear is not a concert, will take place on Sunday, December 10 with two 30-minute-long performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance tickets are encouraged.
Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ renowned Program in Creative Writing will read from their recent work as part of the Program’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series on Wednesday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chancellor Green Rotunda on the Princeton University campus. On December 12 at 8:00 p.m., students in a spoken word poetry performance course will present new work in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. Both events are free and open to the public.