Columbia alumni and faculty recognized among the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nominees

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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.

Rachel Chavkin ’08 is nominated for Outstanding Director for her production of Marco Ramirez’s play The Royale at Lincoln Center Theater; she had previously been nominated in 2014 for her direction of the hit production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which will open on Broadway in September.

Ito Aghayere ’12 received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her performance as Nyasha in Danai Gurira’s play Familiar which closed recently after an acclaimed run at Playwrights Horizons. Also nominated in the acting categories is Andrew Garman ’98, who received a nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for his performance as Paul in the Playwrights Horizons production of Lucas Hnath’s play The Christians; he is joined in that category by faculty member Reed Birney, who is nominated for his lead performance in the Roundabout Theatre production of Stephen Karam’s play The Humans, which is now on Broadway.

Jenny Schwartz ’00 is a nominee in the Outstanding Musical category as the writer of Iowa, which received an acclaim production at Playwrights Horizons last year. And finally, faculty member Brian Kulick is nominated for Outstanding Revival for his production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children at the Classic Stage Company.

This year’s award ceremony will be held on May 1 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

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