Alumnus Michel Hausmann Wins Knight Foundation Grant with Miami New Drama

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Under the leadership of Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michel Hausmann ’13, Miami New Drama (MIND) was awarded a matching grant of $150,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an ongoing project, American Clásico: Envisioning the theatrical canon through a multicultural lens at the Colony Theatre.
With American Clásico, MIND will create bilingual adaptations of classic theater works, including Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Their first project, with the endorsement and support of the Thornton Wilder foundation, will be a multi-cultural reimagining of Our Town created to reflect the theater’s community.
Our Town is a play about life. It explores what it means to be alive, fall in love, wander through relations, and reach milestones both joyous and sorrowful,” wrote Hausmann in a message announcing the grant. “The world of Grover's Corners has no borders, just like Miami's own community, it is vibrant, flowing, and eternally alive.”
The adaptation, which will be the first presentation of Wilder’s acclaimed play as a bilingual production, ties into MIND’s mission to share works “where cultures, dialogues, and communities intersect.” The project also builds off of Hausmann’s previous experience as an international theater artist. The Venezuelan-born director’s credits include the New York premiere of The Color Of Desire by Pulitzer Prize winning author Nilo Cruz, the New York premiere of Vassily Sigarev's Black Milk at East 13th Theater, and the world premiere of Los Navegaos by renowned Venezuelan playwright Isaac Chocrón. Hausmann was also the bookwriter and director of The Golem Of Havana, which opened at LaMama in August of 2013 and received its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in July of 2014. He is a New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellow, a Shubert Presidential fellow, an IRNE nominee, and a Richard Rodgers Award finalist.

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