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Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named sculptor Martha Friedman as the new director of the University’s Program in Visual Arts. Friedman has been a member of the Program in Visual Arts faculty since 2009 and became a full-time lecturer in 2011. With her directorship commencing July 1, she will be appointed at the rank of Senior Lecturer.

Five Lewis Center faculty members have received 2017 Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Lecturer in Creative Writing Phil Klay for Fiction; Visiting Associate Professor and Belknap Visiting Fellow Aaron Landsman for Drama and Performance Art; Lecturer in Creative Writing Fiona Maazel for Fiction; Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Claudia Rankine for Poetry; and Director of the Program in Music Theater and Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf in the category of Theatre Arts for her forthcoming book, "Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S."

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The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present Into the Woods, one of the most beloved musicals by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, on April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The production celebrates the launch of Princeton’s Program in Music Theater and is directed by faculty member Ethan Heard with music direction by Music Department alumna Emily Whitaker and a featured performance by senior Emily Libresco.

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The Visual Arts Program in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the Princeton Garden Theatre will present a special screening of Professor of Visual Arts Su Friedrich’s new documentary I Cannot Tell You How I Feel and her 2005 short diary film Seeing Red as a part of the collaborative film series Cinema Today. Followed by an in-person discussion with filmmaker Friedrich, the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at the Garden Theatre. Tickets ranging from $6 to $11 are available to the public at princetongardentheatre.org; free to Princeton University students, faculty and staff with ID at the Garden Theatre box office.

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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.

Thumbnail for Film Historian and Theorist Michael B. Gillespie a Visiting Associate Professor in Visual Arts Program this Fall

Film historian and theorist Michael B. Gillespie will join Princeton University’s Program in Visual Arts faculty as a visiting associate professor in the fall, along with filmmakers Afia Serena Nathaniel, Lynne Sachs and Yaara Sumeruk, as Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts continues to expand its courses and programming in filmmaking and film studies. The Center will also co-present a special film series with Princeton Garden Theatre, "Cinema Today," which will feature screenings and talks by some of the most intriguing film directors working today.

Thumbnail for Students find creativity at intersection of art and engineering

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.

Thumbnail for Theater Professor Brian Herrera Bridges Latinx Culture and Popular Performance at Princeton

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."

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