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Next year's Yale Rep season will mark the return of several YSD alumni: Paul

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opening April 26 at the Arrerican Airlines Theatre, wi th scenery by John Lee Beatty '73 and costurres by Jess Goldstein '78 (Faculty). Bruce Norris's Pulitzer Prizewinning Clybourne Park opened April 12 at the Walter Kerr Theatre with costurres by Ilona Somogyi '94 (Faculty). Another production of the play, opening April 20 at Seattle Repertory Theatre will have costurres by Costanza Romero '88. After a successful run Off-Broadway as part ofthe LCTI program, 4000 Miles by Amy Hermg '07, YC '00 transferred to the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, where it opened on April 2.

Giamatti '94, YC '89 will perform the title role in Hamlet, staged by Artistic Director James Bundy '95. (Paul last performed on the Rep Stage as a student in a 1994 production of As You Like It.) Also returning next year are Shana Cooper '09, whose heart-pump ing Romeo and Juliet thrilled patrons and WILLPOWER! students last season; Rebecca Taichman '00, who is returning for a second Yale Rep collaboration with playwright David Adjmi; and Resident Director Evan Yionoulis '85, YC '82 (Faculty), whose recent YRT productions include Bossa Nova and The Master Builder. For all the details of next year's exciting season, check out


Remembering Earle Gister

Paul Weitz's play Lonely, I'm Not will receive its premiere at Second Stage Theatre, opening May 7. The production will be directed by Trip Cullman '02, YC '97, with costurres by EmilyRebholz'06 and lighting by Matt Frey '96, under the leadership ofExecutive Director Casey Reitz '03. 3C, a new play by David Adjmi, directed by Jackson Gay '02, opens June 14 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Jane Kaczmarek '82 is starring in the West Coast premiere of Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. The production opened April 11 at the Gefen Playhouse. The Broadway production of Follies, with sets designed by Derek McLane '84, re-opens May 5 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Billy Eugene Jones '03 will play the title role in Othello at st. Louis's Shakespeare Glen in the P ark, May 25-June 17.

A celebration ofthe life of Earle Gister, former chair of the acting program at Yale School of Drama who passed away on January 23, was held on April 2 at the Signature Theatre in New York. The event was organized by Michael Miller of The Actors Center, a lifelong close friend of Earle's. The program included dramatic performances, musical tributes, and eulogies by former students. There was also a memorial service in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 4, organized by Phil Moon '87 and ClitTWarner '87. A full tribute to Earle will appear in the YSD Annual Magazine this fall.

P earl Theatre Hires New Managing Director

And Beyond
Premiering on HBO in May, Hemingway and Gelhorn, a drarm about the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, reatures Tony Shalhoub '80. Chad Raines '11 and Michael McQuilken '11 are collaborating on a full-length album at Art Farm recording studios. "We need artwork that makes us reel whole," they say. "We need songs that bring us together. We need to IDcus on our comrrnn experience. And we need to dance together."

Valentine's Day saw the announcement of David Roberts '08 as the new managing director of the 28 year-old Pearl Theatre Company. Artistic Director J.R. Sullivan said of David: "He brings a wealth of experience as well as new ideas for our



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#2, April 2012 The Cabin in the Woods, an independent thriller reaturing Kristin Connolly '07, opened nationally on April 13.

company's administrative operations, just at the moment when The Pearl is about to embark on an exciting new stage of development." David comes to The Pearl directly from SITI Comp any, where he was an associate producer. He has also been an artistic producing fellow at both The Public Theater and The Foundry Theatre, and worked at the Public's Under the Radar Festival 2007, the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, and New York City's Summer Play Festival 2006. "I am thrilled and honored to be joining the company of such a vibrant ensemble," he said. "I look forward to bringing The Pearl's brand of quality classical theatre to an even greater number ofN ew York audiences."

Patricia McGregor's Big Leap


Patricia McGregor '09 made her Off-Broadway directing debut in March with Katori Hall's Hurt Village. The production was part of the inaugural season at the new Signature Theatre complex. Patricia has been working steadily since she graduated from YSD in venues as far reaching as Harlem Stages, The Apollo, The Public Theater, and as associate director of Fela!, both at the end of its Broadway run and at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. According to Patricia, directing Hurt Village was "a glorious challenge that required all the tools in my box. I pulled from what I learned on many of my YSD shows: p laying with theatrical scale and musicality on Jelly's Last Jam, staging and comp osition in an alley-seating configuration on Romeo and Juliet, mining the text in all my work with playwrights Mattie Brickman '09, Matt Moses '09, and Gonzalo Rodriguez Risco '09, and learning to work fast and loose with a deep trust of your instincts and collaborators from the fabulous experiments in the Cabaret."


New Managing Director for Long Wharf Theatre


After a six-month national search, Joshua Borenstein '97 was appointed the new managing director of Long Wharf Theatre, where he had been serving as interim

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managing director for the previous six months. Before joining Long Wharf, Josh was a project manager with AMS in Fairfield, CT, leading projects in strategic planning, cultural facility development, and market analysis.

A Hero
Stephen Haff '92 was recently featured in the UK Guardian in a piece written by international award-winning novelist Peter Carey, entitled My hero: Stephen Haff. Click here to read the article.


YSD Alumni Win Annenberg Fellowships

In February, The Lab-a theatre company comprised largely of Yale School of Drama alumni-staged Agamemnon Redux, a modern adaptation of Aeschylus's Agamemnon by Robert Auletta '69 in the Roger Smith Hotel's intimate 40seat penthouse. The cast included Re becca Nelson '79 and Jeremy Smith '76. Nancy Thun '78 designed costumes. The distinctive performance space-notable for the ceiling that inspired architect Buckminster Fuller's GeodesicDome-provided for dramatic staging, with actors appearing from side rooms, windows, and balconies, sharing the close space with the audience and bringing a fresh immediacy to an ancient classic. To OBIE Award-winning playwright Auletta, clarity of languagewas important."Language needs to be visceral. I'm trying to do something that brings the story to today's audience and makes it accessible in the same way it may have been experienced by a Greek audience in 485 B.C." Director and cast member Kenneth Ryan '76 agreed: "This is a lean, mean, fighting machine performed by six actors, using a raw poetic text that brings the traditional elements of Aeschylus's work into the vernacular of today. The Wild Bunch takes on the Greeks."

Two of the ten winners of this year's Annenberg Fellowships are alumni of Yale School of Drama. Austin Durant '10, nominated by Lincoln Center Theater (where he performed in War Horse) writes: "I can't begin to express what a gift like the Annenberg Fellowship means to a young actor. The $50,000 award is more than financial relief. It's an opportunity to re-imagine the trajectory of my career and to deepen my commitment to the theatre. It is an honor that Lincoln Center supported me, and 1 am thankful to Dean James Bundy '95, Ron Van lieu (Faculty), and the entire YSD community as well." Bryce Pinkham '08 was nominated by Yale School of Drama. "I see this Fellowship as a mandate to keep challenging myself as an artist," he writes. "Not every actor my age is given the opportunity to explore his own artistic voice, further his professional goals, and alleviate fmancial burdens that weigh on career decisions." Bryce adds that he and Austin have exchanged several email messages adorned with multiple exclamation points. "It's so great for the School and it's literally life-changing for the two of us."

Spotlight on Jennifer Tipton

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The Association of Lighting Designers, as p art of its 50th anniversary celebrations, announced a new international award to honor practitioners who have made a sustained and significant contribution to the art and esteem of theatre and live performance. The recipient of the Anniversary Medal for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design for Live Performance is Jennifer Tipton (Faculty). ALD Chair Peter Mumford said: "[Jennifer] is-and has been for several decades-a leader in the field, an innovator, and a huge influence on the art of lighting Not only a great designer but a wonderful teacher too, able to explain and justify the thought processes behind her work, hence the decision to honor her in this 50th year of the ALD." Slfl,ECIM 'DIFiFEB

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Jan Eliasberg '81 was chosen from more than 350 nominees by representatives and arts organizations across the country to be one of 10 fellows for the Fox Writers Initiative, a four-month program designed to groom writers to run television series and write and direct features across all the divisions of 20th Century Fox. The initiative seeks unique voices, as well as diversity in backgrounds and life experiences. Jan's television directing career was launched when she was selected by Michael M ann to be the first female director on Miami Vice. She was also the first woman to direct episodes of Crime Story, Wiseguy, and 21 Jump Street.

Honorary Degree for Lynn Nottage


Lynn Nottage '89 (Faculty) will be one offour individuals, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to receive honorary degrees from Franklin and Marshall College on May 12. The college's president, Daniel R. Porterfield, cited the honorees for "transformative leadership, an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit, and a relentless drive to improve the world in which we live." Lynn's play Ruined, about women in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the nation's civil war, won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Her writing has garnered many other awards, including the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award in 2010, the MacArthur Fellowship in 2007, and the Lucille Lortel Foundation Fellowship in 2007.



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Susan Soon He Stanton at The Public Theater

Susan Soon Be Stanton '10 is one often playwrights who will make up the 2012-13 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. The playwrights receive a $6,000 stipend, participate in biweekly writers' group sessions with Public literary manager Liz Frankel, and attend master classes with established playwrights.
Participants also have the chance to observe rehearsals for productions at The Public. The program targets playwrights at the early stages of their careers, supp orting and develop ing their play s and presenting showcases in its "Sp otlight Series."

Playwrights Named for Kennedy Center Awards

the Paul Step hen Lim Playwriting A ward and the National Science Playwriting A ward, both part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's (KCACTF) Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards.

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Hannah Wasileski '13 "Being in the first class of the projection design program has been a truly illuminating exp erience. It was strange at first, coming into a school where my discipline was brand new. 1 was constantly explaining to people not only what 1 was doing and how 1 was doing it, but why 1 was doing it at all! That first year was something of a roller coaster ride, but now that projection design has been here for almost two years, 1 feel that we are paving a steady path to becoming better understood, more integrated with the other design dep artments, and more established as a unique and important

the Lights last October really solidified that transition:
element was so well supported

program. Working on Doctor Faustus Lights The projection design that 1 was able to dive into the design head-first and

really take the time to experiment, to let the projections evolve in the rehearsal room as the piece itself was evolving 1 feel incredibly lucky to be one of the first students in this program and to help shape the course that it takes. As our mentor Wendall Harrington (Faculty) says, 'the first batch of pancakes always comes out a little burnt,' and honestly, 1 wouldn't trade my crispy edges for anything"

Eric Gershman

'14 "I came to YSD from the technical world of Cirque du Soleil.

Although 1 was working in the performing arts, 1 was headed down a path of glitz, glam, and spectacle-a path that, little-by-little, carried me further away from the visceral and passionate art of theatre that 1 loved so much. Now as summer approaches and 1begin to reflect on my first year at YSD, 1 can only smile. As a student, 1 have already been given an amazing number of opportunities and learning experiences to support a lifelong career in theater management. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, as a member of the YSD community 1have been ensconced in the most creative and artistically diverse environment 1 have ever experienced. Whether in the classroom, the Cabaret, or on the stage of the UT, 1 am continually inspired and humbled by the work of my classmates and colleagues. 1 ran away FROM the circus to fmd a future and the art within it. 1 think I've found it."



'12 "My time at YSD has opened so many doors for me to other

art forms: Right now 1 am completing fmal edits of a short film based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, which 1 created for a video art class and which stars some of my classmates; 1 am prep aring to direct La Voix Humaine, a onewoman opera by Francis Poulenc, which will feature a singer from Yale Opera; 1 am collaborating with composer Matthew Welch from the School of Music on a new opera about the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges; and 1 am doing research on German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder to prepare for translating In a Year with 13 Moons, which will be part of the Yale Rep season next year!"

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