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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.

Lecturer in Theater and 2014-16 Princeton Arts Fellow Aaron Landsman has received a grant from the Graham Foundation for his recent project, Perfect City, which investigates the way cities like New York, London and Sao Paolo (among others) harness seemingly progressive values to create citadels for the rich.

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.

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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.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present an original immersive theater experience inspired by cultural meditations on mortality, created by Princeton students as the culminating project of a spring course co-taught by graphic novelist Kevin Pyle and Jennine Willett, Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, a dance theater company known for immersive works. The 28-minute experience will be presented in intervals on May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in New South on the Princeton campus.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will premiere I.M. LOST!, a show about clowns, an interactive, one-person, ethnographic play written and performed by senior Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn and directed by senior Ogemdi Ude. Performances will be held May 5 and 6 at 8:00 p.m. and May 7 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. A talkback discussion led by Princeton Arts Fellow and playwright/theater artist Aaron Landsman will follow the May 7 matinee performance.

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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."

Princeton University’s current Arts Fellows will gather together for “Princeton Arts Fellows Present…,” a joint showing of new and developing work by these four innovative and diverse artists, in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio and James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street on April 25 at 7:00 p.m. This event, which will feature performances, a reading, screening and presentations by playwright and theater artist Aaron Landsman, fiction writer Hanna Pylväinen, filmmaker Pacho Velez and choreographer Pavel Zuštiak, is free and open to the public.

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