Theatre Faculty Kelly Stuart has won the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA)’s 3rd Biennial William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting for her play, Belonging to the Sky. The $10,000 grand prize was announced and presented at ADAA’s memorable awards event at the Pasadena Playhouse.
What would you do when the love you’ve sacrificed your world for betrays you? In 1896, deep in the heart of New Orleans genteel creole society, a young woman of privilege finds herself mired by the men and social demands that govern her life. With headstrong disobedience and a gift for the power of voodon she finds her escape in managing the love affairs of others.
Adam Tsekhman ('06 SOA) has been offered a lead role on the hit crime drama, The Mentalist, starring Simon Baker. The show's main character uses skills from his former career as a successful psychic medium to help a team of CBI agents solve various crimes. Tsekhman also plays the lead role in the new television comedy, Comrades, which he co-wrote. It will make its debut in 2013.
Agreement with Classic Stage Company Also Provides Eligibility to Two Stage Management MFA Students Annually
The Theatre Program at Columbia University School of the Arts and the Classic Stage Company (CSC) announced an agreement to make all third-year MFA students in Acting at Columbia eligible to join Actors Equity Association (AEA). In addition, two MFA students in Stage Management each year will be eligible to join.
Professor Emeritus Howard Stein, first permanent Chair of the Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies and head of the playwriting program, passed away in October 2012. He retired from Columbia in 1991, and is still noted as one of the most important playwriting teachers of the past half-century. He touched many lives at the School of the Arts—as teacher, mentor, colleague and generous sponsor of the New Plays Now playwriting festival. He will be deeply missed.
I work-studied in the Hammerstein office. There was a big, dented cardboard box of stuff outside Howard's office. It was never examined, never filed, never touched. It was still there after Howard retired. We finally figured out that the purpose of the box was to give Howard something to kick when he was mad.
Theatre Faculty (Playwriting), Deborah Brevoort has been chosen to take part in the inaugural season of Fort Worth Opera’s 2013 New Works Showcase Frontiers. Her work Embedded, a story about an aging major American network anchor being pushed o