Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts, has announced that Edie Falco, the award-winning actress best known for her roles in The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, will be the speaker at the Celebration of Graduates, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.more
Two Columbia alumni have been nominated for the 2016 Drama Desk Awards. The ceremony will be held at The Town Hall June 5th, 2016, and will be hosted by Michael Urie. This is the 61st Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually to honor outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway.more
Current student McFeely Sam Goodman’s thesis play, Afterward, ran at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center on April 21, 23 and 24. Written largely in the first person from his experience as a childhood cancer survivor, Afterward mixes medical memoir with scenes which use superhero movie tropes to explore the themes of illness, trauma, survivorship, and anxiety.
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.
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.
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.