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Current student Ming Peiffer's thesis play, Usual Girls, ran at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center on April 22 and 23. Usual Girls is a work-in-progress play about female sexuality and misogyny that combines elements of autobiography with an invented coming-of-age narrative. The production features an all-female creative team and female-dominated cast. more
 
Rachel Chavkin ’08 will be bringing Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl back to New York after a successful run at Ars Nova last year. The play will run from July 3 to September 25 at the Pershing Square Signature Center at 480 West 42nd Street. more
 
Adjunct faculty member Jeanine Tesori will be awarded the Lee Reynolds Award for her work on Fun Home with Lisa Kron and Sam Gold. Tesori and Kron adapted Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir of the same name into the Tony-winning Broadway musical, directed by Gold. more
 
Gisela Cardenas ’04 has been selected by HERE Arts Center as one of 15 artists to participate in its HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). Through the program, HERE commissions and develops new works over a one- to three-year period. more
 
The Columbia University Film Festival’s 16th annual Andrew Sarris Award will be presented to Annemarie Jacir ’02, an alumna of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program. more
 
  Filmmaker/Screenwriter Annemarie Jacir ’02 to receive prestigious Andrew Sarris Award on Screenwriting Night, May 16 more
 
Visual Arts MFA student Iris Hu ’17 has been awarded a 2016 Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans awarded 30 fellowships who were selected for their potential to make significant contribution to US society, culture or their academic field and vary from different backgrounds and professional fields. more
 
Hilton Als, Associate Professor in Writing, has been named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism for his work in The New Yorker. more
 
The 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nominations for off-Broadway theatre have been announced, and Theatre Program alumni and faculty are well represented among the nominees. more
 
Alex Lippard’s ’02 new musical, Queen of Mean: The Rise and Fall of Leona Helmsley, received a staged reading at the Actor’s Temple on April 4 and April 7 featuring four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh. Lippard wrote the book with David Lee, who also wrote the lyrics, with additional lyrics by Lippard; the music is by Ron Passaro more
 
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