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Students in the fall 2015 course “The Arts of Urban Transition” have spent the past semester using texts and methods from history, theater and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York City and Detroit. Taught by historian Aaron Shkuda, Professor of Dance Judith Hamera, and Princeton Arts Fellow Aaron Landsman, the course explored such topics as artist relationships and the impact of urban arts initiatives.

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater will present new musical theater works by student lyricists and composers from the fall semester course “Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing,” taught by Robert Lee, Randall Eng, and Stacy Wolf on Saturday, February 6 at 5 p.m. in Rocky Common Room on Princeton University campus.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Elektra by Sophocles, the classic, dark, bloody tale of familial vengeance from ancient Greece, explored anew by guest director Alexandru Mihail and senior Evelyn Giovine in the title role. Performances will take place on February 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street.

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Brian Eugenio Herrera, assistant professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University, has received the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his book, Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance, which examines Latino representation and Latino artists in American theater and culture.

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is now accepting applications from promising artists in all artistic disciplines for two opportunities, the Hodder Fellowship and the Princeton Arts Fellowship. Details and an online application are posted at arts.princeton.edu/fellowships. Applications are due by September 14, 2015.

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For his senior thesis with the Lewis Center's Program in Theater, Eamon Foley '15 blended his academic studies in anthropology with his professional experience as a Broadway performer to create an original dance-theater piece entitled Hero. This special video feature takes viewers through Foley's creative journey during an entire academic year, from early fall 2014 through opening night in April 2015.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present a developmental workshop reading of a new play, I’m Fine, I’m Better, Don’t Worry About Me, exploring issues of student mental health at Princeton by theater senior Joseph Labatt. This new work is based on interviews conducted by Labatt with students and faculty at Princeton; he will also direct student actors in the reading. Performances will take place on Friday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present a workshop presentation of [The title of this piece has been redacted], a new pop-influenced musical about a gay rights revolutionary in East Berlin in the 1970s and her story of love and betrayal, on May 5 and 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Acting Studio at New South (Room 110) on the Princeton University campus. This new work is written, composed, and directed by Program in Theater senior Sam Kaseta. Performances are free and open to the public. A talkback with faculty member and playwright R.N. Sandberg will follow the May 6 performance.

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present Thirteen Ways of Looking at Comic Opera, a culminating presentation from a Princeton Atelier/Music course, “Making (Comic) Opera.” Revisiting the genre of comic opera, the event includes a workshop reading of an excerpt of Andrew Lovett’s The Analysing Engine directed by Rinde Eckert and performed by Princeton students, along with work devised by the student-participants. Performances will take place on Friday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the Rockefeller College Common Room on the Princeton University Campus and are free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Women in the World of Sondheim: A Cabaret Performance, a one-woman musical revue conceived by and featuring theater senior Katie Welsh. The revue explores the individual and collective journeys of twelve female characters in the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. Directed by faculty member Suzanne Agins, with musical direction by theater senior Emily Whitaker, the cabaret will investigate how the women that populate Sondheim’s work differ from the women of Golden Age musicals, how they are uniquely characterized as morally ambiguous and insecure, and how they grapple with serious decisions. The performances will take place on Friday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Wilson Black Box at Wilson College on the Princeton University campus. A talkback led by Princeton professor and musical theater scholar Stacy Wolf will follow the performance on May 8. This event is free and open to the public.