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  VOLUME 3, ISSUE 5 MARCH 2015  

    Honored |  FACES OF YSD |  ON STAGE & SCREEN
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TCG Publishes Monograph on Ming Cho Lee
Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design and Ming Cho Lee in the classroom
Book cover courtesy of Theatre Communications Group. Photo of Ming Cho Lee with Jess Goldstein and design students. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Ming Cho Lee (Faculty), whom the New York Times called “the dean of American set designers,” is considered by many to be one of the most influential set designers in the history of American theatre. Last December, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) published an elaborately illustrated hardbound monograph entitled, Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design, written by Arnold Aronson. With more than 500 images, the book chronicles Ming’s career, from his early training as a watercolorist in China to his stage designs for more than 300 productions, as well as his many accomplishments during his more than 40 years as a faculty member at Yale School of Drama, serving as Chair or Co-Chair of the Design Department for many years. Ming has received many honors in his long career, including a Tony Award for best scenic design of a play, an Outer Critics Circle Award, three Drama Desk Awards, a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement, and the National Medal of the Arts, presented to him by President George W. Bush in 2003.

There will be a reception to celebrate the book with Ming Cho Lee in the Yale Rep Lounge on April 15 at 5:00pm. Capacity is limited. For more information about attending, please email: belene.day@yale.edu.

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Yale Acquires Vogel Archive

Paula VogelWhen the Beinecke Library acquired the literary archive of Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (Faculty), she became the first female playwright to have her papers included in the library’s Yale Collection of American Literature, alongside those of Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, YC ’20, A. R. Gurney ’58 and John Guare ’63.

Included are drafts of most of Paula’s plays, teaching files, and drafts of work by her students, who include Sarah Ruhl (Faculty), Nilo Cruz (Former Faculty), Lynn Nottage ’89 (Former Faculty), and Quiara Alegría Hudes (YC ’99). The archive consists of approximately 200 computer disks containing photographs, documents, and email correspondence with theatre critics, scholars, and writers, as well as numerous theatre companies that have produced her work. The archive will be available to researchers in the spring of 2015.

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Long-Term Service Awards
Long-Term Service Awards
From left to right: Jennifer Kiger, Laura Kirk, Deputy Dean Victoria Nolan,
Mary Volk, Dean James Bundy, Diane Galt, Belene Day, Linda Kelley-Dodd,
and Sharon Hirsch.

Faculty and staff gathered to celebrate employees who have dedicated five, ten, and even thirty years of service to Yale. Those honored for five years were: Belene Day (Senior Administrative Assistant, Development & Alumni Affairs and Marketing & Communications), Diane Galt (Director, Facility Operations), Laura Kirk (Associate Director of Audience Services), and Sarah Stevens-Morling (Director of Technology, Media, and Web Services). Ten-year anniversaries were reached by Kate Baker (Senior Properties Runner), Linda Kelley-Dodd (Costume Project Coordinator), Jennifer Kiger (Associate Artistic Director of Yale Rep, Director of New Play Programs at Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre, and Lecturer in Playwriting), and Mary Volk (Senior Administrative Assistant, Design and Sound Design). Leading the group, with thirty years of service, was Sharon Hirsch (Lecturer in Technical Design and Production and Associate Costume Shop Manager).

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Jane Jung Manages The Civilians

Jane JungJane Jung ’10 joined The Civilians as Managing Director, just in time to work on the OBIE Award-winning company’s production of Pretty Filthy, which opened January 31, 2015, at Abrons Arts Center in New York.

“I'm thrilled to be part of The Civilians at such an exciting juncture,” Jane says. “The company is a leader in creating innovative productions through their methods of creative inquiry, using theatre to investigate many of the most significant and complex questions facing current society. The work both challenges and entertains, and I look forward to working with this dynamic, vibrant, and inspiring group of artists.”

Previously, Jane was the general manager of Ping Chong + Company and developed and produced new work at New York’s The New Ohio Theatre, City Center Stage II, The Bushwick Starr, La MaMa, and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.

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Kate Moves East

Kate LibermanFollowing a nation-wide search, Kate Liberman ’13, SOM ’13 was selected as the new managing director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF). The job brings Kate back to the East Coast after her two years as the general manager of The Laguna Playhouse in California. Kate is thrilled to join HVSF and is excited about its season, performed in its open-air theatre at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York. “This is a remarkable organization that engages the community, young artists, and students through its dynamic productions and theatre education programs,” she says. “I look forward to contributing to and continuing the wonderful work that has defined HVSF for the last 28 years.”

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  HONORED
James Burrows Lifetime Achievement Award

James BurrowsJames Burrows ’65 received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction from the Directors Guild of America (DGA). The new award and the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction are the two highest honors given by the DGA.

With more than 40 years directing many of the most critically acclaimed and audience-beloved sitcoms including Taxi, Cheers, Friends, Will & Grace, and The Big Bang Theory, James is regarded as the modern master of the sophisticated television comedy. Known for mastery of pilots, adding a fourth camera to the classic multi-cam setup, and his comic timing, James has directed episodes of more than 100 series, and won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series four times, and the Primetime Emmy for directing five times.

Upon receiving notice of the award, James said: “I am honored and touched to receive this inaugural DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in television Direction. To be lucky enough to work with great writers and actors is a blessing, but this is unbelievable.”

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In Praise of Femi Euba
Femi Euba honored at a conference.
Left: Wole Soyinka, 1986 Nobel Laureate for Literature; Center: Biodun Jeyifo, Professor of African American Studies, Literature and Comparative Literature at Harvard; Right: Femi Euba, Louise and Kenneth Kinney Professor of Theatre at Louisiana State University. Photos courtesy of Femi Euba.

The scholarly and artistic work of Louisiana State University Professor Femi Euba ’73 was honored during a one-day conference at LSU that explored the transcultural connections of literary and artistic production in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The highlight of the event was an interview with Femi and his frequent collaborator, playwright and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, and the world premiere production of Dionysus of the Holocaust, Femi’s epic satire on race.

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Eyring, Greenwood, and Harrington

Teresa Eyring, Jane Greenwood, and Wendall Harrington
Teresa Eyring
Photo courtesy of Theatre Communications Group
Jane Greenwood
Wendall Harrington

Teresa Eyring ’89, Jane Greenwood (Faculty), and Wendall Harrington (Faculty) will receive 2015 Distinguished Achievement Awards from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) during the organization’s annual meeting in March.

Teresa, executive director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), has been named the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award in Management. Under Teresa’s leadership, TCG has expanded its network of resident theatres, its publishing efforts, and its promotion of diversity in theatre. Prior to joining TCG in 2007, Teresa spent 20 years in leadership positions at the Guthrie Theater, and the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, and the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, overseeing successful building campaigns at all three.

Jane’s award for Distinguished Achievement in Costume Design pays tribute to her distinguished 50-year career. She has created costumes for more than 125 Broadway productions, as well as opera and dance, and her work has been recognized with 18 Tony nominations and a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2014. She has taught at Yale School of Drama for the last 38 years.

A pioneer in projection design, Wendall will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award in Education, honoring her work as designer in opera, ballet, concerts, and Broadway, as well as her commitment to teaching and mentoring. At YSD, she heads the nation’s first MFA program in Projection Design.

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An Affair to Remember

Sarah TreemSarah Treem ’05, YC ’02, writer and co-creator of Showtime’s new hit series The Affair, received the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama Series. The show focuses on the story of an extra-marital relationship from the two different perspectives of the characters involved. In her acceptance speech, Sarah said, “If I have learned anything from writing a show about an affair, it’s how sacred, valuable, and essential our marriages are.” The show was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series. Showtime has renewed The Affair for a second 10–episode season.

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Multiple Prizes for Martyna

Martyna Majok Marin Theatre Company has awarded the 2014 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize to Martyna Majok ’12 for her play, Ironbound. The prize is given annually to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows “outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice for the American theatre.”

“Martyna is one of the strongest emerging voices in the American theatre,” said the Marin Theatre Company’s Managing Director Michael Barker ’10, SOM ’10. “Ironbound was selected for the Calicchio Prize from more than 400 submissions for its gentle artistry and contemporary relevance. This is a play that sneaks up on you and stays with you for months after you experience it.” Ironbound will receive a staged reading as part of Marin Theatre Company’s New Works Reading Series, as well as a cash award.

In addition to the Calicchio Award, Ironbound won the 2013 National New Play Network's Smith Prize for Political Playwriting and Aurora Theatre's Global Age Prize.

Michael also noted that Amelia Roper ’13 has been commissioned by Marin Theatre Company to write an adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for its Theatre for Young Audiences series. “Marin is rife with Yalies at the moment,” he added.

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Carribean Life Names Pryce

Paul PryceA native of Trinidad, Paul Pryce ’13 was named one of the “40 Under 40” Caribbean American Achievers of 2014 by Caribbean Life, the largest Caribbean publication in the Eastern United States. The award recognizes individuals who have “distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor, including arts and entertainment.”

Upon receiving the award, Paul said: “I am deeply honored, humbled, and tremendously excited to be recognized by Caribbean Life at this point in my career,” he said. “Having been out of grad school for such a relatively short time, the award for me is far less about the work I have done, but encouragement toward what I have yet to accomplish. And if this in any way also inspires my fellow Caribbean actors and artists to strive to achieve their own goals, then it is a double blessing of the highest order.”

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Playwright Applauded

Lindsey FerrentinoLindsey Ferrentino ’16’s play Ugly Lies the Bone, has won the 2014 Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward Drama Award. In addition, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation presented Lindsey with a Special Citation of Excellence. “We were so impressed with Lindsey Ferrentino’s script for Ugly Lies the Bone that we felt we needed to recognize this incredibly moving play. Therefore, in a first for our foundation, we designated a special citation for 2015,” said David Saint, President of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation. Ugly Lies the Bone was also chosen for the 50th Anniversary Season at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, was a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and will have its world premiere at the Roundabout Underground this fall. Ugly Lies the Bone was written in Paula Vogel (Faculty)’s Bootcamp, during Lindsey’s first week at Yale, in which the assignment was to write a play inspired by Joan of Arc.

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Triple Honors for Stockhausen

Adam StockhausenAdam Stockhausen ’99 received an Oscar for his production design on The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson, and was also recognized by the Art Directors Guild’s 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in the period film category. At a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London, Adam was also presented with a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA).

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  THE FACES OF YSD

Maura Hooper, Davonte Johnson, and Emely Zepeda
Maura Hooper
Photo By Jordan Matter
Davonte Johnson
PHOTO BY Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
Emely Zepeda
Photo By Grace Zepeda

Maura Hooper ’15 (Acting) “It was time for us to prepare for our Interview Projects in Evan Yionoulis’s third-year acting class. For six weeks, my classmates and I explored the text of interviews, preparing to bring the conversations to life in our classroom. The project was a unique opportunity for us to use the skills we’ve learned at YSD to give voice to real people we’ve encountered in our communities. In my three years at YSD, I have found the Interview Projects performance to be one of the most compelling, magical, life-affirming days of the year. We get to see taxi drivers, drag queens, cancer survivors, fathers, people with education and those without, all in dialogue with each other. It is a morning of stories that are transformational for both actor and audience. I've been focusing my work on my brother and, for me, the project has inspired a renewed sense of empathy and gratitude for the beloved in my life. It has been the privilege of a lifetime to witness my colleagues making these character transformations, while also using what we’ve learned over the last three years to make the transformation themselves—from eager actors to capable storytellers. Kudos to the class of 2015!”


Davonte Johnson ’16 (Projection Design) “As a second-year projection designer, I am kept very busy at YSD as I continue my exploration of projection and all of its forms. The challenges of YSD are designed to encourage us to strive for great accomplishments. Being surrounded by the best people in this business is a huge advantage for us. When the rigors of academics and balancing a busy life at YSD seem overwhelming, I encourage everyone to take a moment to seek respite in a slice of pizza. Yes, pizza. You’d be surprised at all that a simple slice of pizza has to offer. As a pizza connoisseur as well as an artist, I must say it is quite an honor to tackle the day-to-day obstacles of theatrical training in a city famous for having some of the best pizza in the country. The ‘pizza wars’ in New Haven have been raging for years, and if I were to cast my vote, I would choose Modern Apizza, knowing full well that it might put me at odds with classmates who prefer Sally's or Pepe's.”


Emely Zepeda ’16 (Stage Management) “They say that time seems to speed up as you get older. I didn’t think this applied to me, since I am only 22. But my time at YSD has zoomed by. It seems it was just yesterday that I began my orientation, full of nervous excitement and uncertainty about what I was doing here—what would this program bring to me, and what could I bring to it? Now, having completed the fall semester of my second year, the nerves have fallen to the wayside, and I have embraced who I am as a person and a collaborator in theatre. YSD and my colleagues—faculty, peers and visiting professionals alike—have inspired me, challenged me, and delighted me. My spark, drive, and yearning for theatre is more alive than ever because of my time at YSD, and I am sure that will stay with me forever.”

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  On STAGE AND SCREEN
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Below is a sampling of the current work of YSD alumni and faculty.

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Jeff Talbot ’96 is featured in the TACT/The Actors Company production of Abundance by Beth Henley. The play will continue until March 28 at the Beckett Theatre on New York’s Theatre Row.

The Mystery of Love and Sex, a new play by Bathsheba Doran, opened March 2 and will be at the Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater until April 26, featuring Mamoudou Athie ’14 and Tony Shalhoub ’80.

Fish in the Dark by Larry David opened March 5 at Broadway’s Cort Theatre and will close on June 7. Anna D. Shapiro ’93 directs, with sets by Todd Rosenthal ’93.

Rasheeda Speaking is at the Pershing Square Signature Center until March 22, with lighting by Jennifer Tipton (Faculty).

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Lives of the Saints by David Ives ’84, will be at New York City’s The Duke on 42nd Street until March 27th, with costumes by Anita Yavich ’95.

On the Twentieth Century, produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, will be at New York’s American Airlines Theatre from March 12–July 5, featuring Mark Linn-Baker ’79, YC ’76, with costumes by William Ivey Long ’75 and lighting by Donald Holder ’86.

The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein ’76 opens March 19 and will play at the Music Box Theatre in New York until August 9, with sets by John Lee Beatty ’73, and featuring Bryce Pinkham ’08.

The World of Extreme Happiness, by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, plays until March 29th at Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Stage 1, featuring Jennifer Lim ’04.

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Posterity, written and directed by Doug Wright (YC ’85, Former Faculty), enjoys its world premiere run until April 5 at the Atlantic Theatre, with sets by Derek McLane ’84 and costumes by Susan Hilferty ’80. Mickey Theis ’14 is featured in the cast.

The August Wilson Celebration, a seven-week retrospective of the late playwright’s life, artistry, and influence on American culture, will take place March 7 until April 18 in communities around Chicago. Produced by the Goodman Theatre, various off-Loop theatres, and Northwestern University, programming will be done by Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith and Constanza Romero ’88, Wilson’s widow, who designed the costumes for many of her husband’s productions. A discussion of the female characters in Wilson’s work will be hosted by Tony Award nominee Michele Shay. Yale Repertory Theatre produced six of the ten world premieres of Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle of plays.


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Charise Castro Smith ’10 was commissioned by the Humana Festival to help create a piece for the Acting Apprentice Company. The resulting work That High Lonesome Sound opens March 27 and will play until April 12 in Louisville, KY.  

A Wonder in My Soul by Marcus Gardley ’04 has its world premiere opening on April 3 at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang ’74 opens at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, on April 3.

Gigi will begin its Broadway run on April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre, with sets by Derek McLane ’84 and costumes by Catherine Zuber ’84.

Head of Passes by Tarell Alvin McCraney ’07 opens at Berkeley Rep on April 10.

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It Shoulda Been You opens April 14 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York, with costumes by William Ivey Long ’75.

The King and I opens April 16 at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, with sets by Michael Yeargan ’73 (Faculty), costumes by Catherine Zuber ’84, and lighting by Donald Holder ’86.

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Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe opens May 29 at the Classic Stage Company in New York, with Chris Noth ’85 in the title role.

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