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Lighting and projection designer David Bengali, performance artist and poet Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and writer Erika L. Sánchez have been named Princeton University Arts Fellows for 2017-19 and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September. The Arts Fellows program of the Lewis Center for the Arts provides support for early-career artists who have demonstrated both extraordinary promise and a record of achievement in their fields with the opportunity to further their work while teaching within a liberal arts context. Funded in part by the Mellon Foundation, Fellows are selected for a two-year residency to teach a course each semester or, in lieu of a course, to undertake an artistic assignment that deeply engages undergraduate students, such as directing a play, conducting a music ensemble, or choreographing a dance piece. Fellows are expected to be active members of the University's intellectual and artistic community while in residence; in return, they are provided the resources and spaces necessary to their work.

Thumbnail for Broadway producer of <em>Wicked, Next to Normal, War Paint</em> and other musicals David Stone at Princeton University

Broadway producer David Stone will discuss his career and work on Wicked and other hit musicals in a conversation with Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf and her students as part of her spring course “Race and the American Musical Theater, from Minstrelsy to Hamilton.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater and co-sponsored by Princeton’s Program in American Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Broadway Director John Doyle on the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim at Princeton University

Tony Award-winning director John Doyle will discuss his extensive experience directing Stephen Sondheim’s musicals in a conversation with Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf on Monday, March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater, the event is free and open to the public.

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The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Hairspray, the hit Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters film, directed by senior AJ Jones and featuring Alex Daniels as Tracy Turnblad, on March 10, 11, 12, 14, and 16 at 8:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. Talkback discussions with the audience will follow the March 12 and 14 performances.

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The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present August Strindberg’s A Dream Play adapted by Caryl Churchill and directed by senior Catherine Andre, on March 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 at 8:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, located at 91 University Place in Princeton. A talkback about the production will follow the March 4 performance, moderated by R.N. Sandberg, a playwright and Lecturer in Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Thumbnail for Dramaturg and Literary Manager for Disney Theatrical Group Ken Cerniglia at Princeton University

Dramaturg and Literary Manager for Disney Theatrical Group Ken Cerniglia will discuss his career and how Disney thinks about race and representation in its Broadway shows in a conversation with students as part of Theater Professor Stacy Wolf’s spring course “Race and the American Musical Theater, from Minstrelsy to Hamilton.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater and cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in American Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for A Reading by Italian Writer/Activist Dacia Maraini followed by Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei at Princeton University

Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, and Lewis Center for the Arts present "Born Traveling: Dacia Maraini in a Belknap Global Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei." The event will feature a reading by award-winning writer and activist Dacia Maraini in Italian with English supertitles followed by a conversation in English with faculty members Alessandro Giammei and Jhumpa Lahiri. The reading and conversation will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 in McCormick Hall Room 101 on the Princeton University campus. This event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater presents <em>Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery</em> by Lloyd Suh

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Charles Francis Chan, Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery by Lloyd Suh, directed by faculty member Peter Kim and featuring senior Kathy Zhao, on February 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 8:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. The February 17 performance will be American Sign Language-interpreted. A symposium presented in collaboration with the student theater group East West Theater Company will precede the February 11 performance, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Matthews Acting Studio.

Thumbnail for The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater presents <em>Study of a Daughter</em>, A Solo Show by Maddie Meyers

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Study of a Daughter, A Solo Show by Maddie Meyers devised by senior Maddie Meyers and directed by Nehassaiu deGannes on January 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and January 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Performances will take place in the Class of 1970 Theater at Whitman College on the Princeton campus.

Thumbnail for The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater presents <em>Mad Forest</em> by Caryl Churchill

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill, with set and lighting design by senior Sydney Becker and directed by junior Nico Krell, on January 12, 13 and 15 at 8 p.m. and January 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Performances will take place in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street. A talkback discussion with Associate Professor of English Tamsen Wolff will follow the January 12 performance.

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The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University has announced the selection of five Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Poet Eduardo C. Corral, choreographer Milka Djordjevich, visual artist Chitra Ganesh, playwright Dipika Guha, and visual artist Marc Andre Robinson are this year’s recipients of the Hodder, created to provide artists and humanists in the early stages of their careers an opportunity to undertake significant new work.

Thumbnail for Broadway Legend Chita Rivera in Conversation at Princeton University

The ten-time Tony-nominated actress, dancer, and singer Chita Rivera will discuss her extensive career on Broadway in musicals such as West Side Story and Chicago with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, December 12 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, the event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.