Theatre alumnus Jon Kern ('07 SOA) is the recipient of the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Playwriting Award for his play, Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want To Kill Us and How We Learn To Love Them.
The annual award offers the winning playwright a $50,000 cash prize in addition to $100,000 towards production of the play. The award is named for late playwright Arthur Laurents (Gypsy, West Side Story) and his late partner Tom Hatcher.
It was announced this morning that Beau Willimon, an alumnus of both Columbia College ('99) and the School of the Arts Playwriting program ('03) has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Willimon, along with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, wrote the script for The Ides of March, which was released in October.
SITI Company presents Bob, conceived and directed by Theatre Arts faculty Anne Bogart, at New York Live Arts. The work was adapted by Jocelyn Clarke, and performed by Will Bond. Bob was inspired by the creative life and times of Robert Wilson, and won an OBIE Award in 1998.
Theatre Acting alum Anson Mount ('98 SOA) will star in the new AMC series Hell On Wheels, premiering on Sunday, November 6. Mount plays a former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan, whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad's westward construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad.
Playwriting Alum Beau Willimon (’03 SOA) wrote the screenplay for Ides Of March, adapted, produced and directed by George Clooney, and starring Ryan Gosling. Ides is an adaptation of Willimon's play, Farragut North, which tells the story of the press secretary of a Presidential candidate on the eve of the Iowa caucus. The film handles similar themes involving escalating political scandal and transgression.
Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts Program playwriting alumna Maria Alexandria Beech ('07SOA) won the Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script Award for her play What Are You Doing Here? at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.
Four of the 40 plays selected for the 36th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival are by Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts Program students, Samuel French announced. Plays were selected from over 1,000 submissions from producing companies, playwriting workshops and University theatre programs.