Princeton University senior Katherine Clifton was first inspired to write a play about hostility between the Serbs and Romani people while participating in Princeton’s Bridge Year Program. Five years later, she will do just that as the 2015 winner of the Martin Dale Fellowship.
Clifton, an English major earning a certificate in theater through the Lewis Center for the Arts, plans to spend a year in Serbia staging an original play that explores the perspectives of both groups and creates dialogue between them. As part of the Bridge Year Program, Clifton lived in Serbia for nine months doing community service work before her freshman year.
“I hope to instigate dialogue between the Serbs and Romani people (known as the Roma) using theater as a tool to embrace our shared humanity and to challenge our prejudices. The Dale will allow me to delve more deeply into the perennial question of what unites and what divides us.”
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