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
Theatre alumni Justin Badger ('05 SOA),Melody Bates ('00 SOA), Jeffrey Frace ('97 SOA), Connie Hall ('00 SOA), Jerusha Klemperer ('00 SOA) and Rachel Murdy ('99 SOA), have been nominated for 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Awards for their work in Off-Off Broadway theater.
Theatre Arts Faculty Anne Bogart was honored at University of Chicago's 511th Convocation on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Bogart received the distinguished Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative and Performing Arts.
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) has awarded visiting fellowships for historical research for the year 2012 to five creative artists, naming faculty DeborahBrevoort as a playwriting fellow. Brevoort was awarded a Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship which will fund her project Homespun, a historical play about George and Martha Washington and the role of fashion in shaping the American identity.
Theatre Alumni Win at the 2012 Village Voice OBIE Awards
The 57th Annual Village Voice OBIE awards were presented on May 21, and Theatre Arts alumni were awarded with high honors at the ceremony. Directing alumnus Jay Scheib ('02 SOA) was awarded Best Director for World of Wires and directing alumnus Ken Rus Schmoll ('00 SOA) won a special citation for the direction of A Map of Virtue.
Acting alumnus David Wilson Barnes ('98) was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award in the Outstanding Featured Actor category, for his work in The Big Meal, which ran at Playwrights Horizons this Spring.
In total, The Big Meal received four Lortel nominations, including Outstanding Play, Outstanding Director (Sam Gold), Outstanding Featured Actress (Anita Gillette).