Michel Hausmann '14 Receives Knight Arts Challenge Grant

December 7, 2017

Alumnus Michel Hausmann '14 received the Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a Miami-based philanthropic organization with a $2.3 billion endowment with a focus on Journalism, Arts, Technology, and Communities.


Hausmann is the co-founder and artistic director of the theatre company Miami New Drama, which has received two Knight Arts Challenge grants, including one for $150,000 that supported a multilingual production of Our Town a production that re-imagines Thornton Wilder’s iconic, Pulitzer Prize-winning play. "The characters at the center of this beloved drama, set in small town New England, will speak English, Spanish and Creole - the first time the Wilder Estate has allowed changes to the play’s text. By adding new layers of language and culture, Our Town expands to encompass everyone in a quintessential American – and human – story" according to the play's description. 


"A successful director,"  The New York Times article raved about Hausmann. Hausmann is a Venezuelan-born theater director, producer and writer. He's the bookwriter and director of The Golem Of Havana, a critically-acclaimed original musical. The show opened at LaMama in August of 2013 and received its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in July of 2014. Hausmann's Off-Broadway credits include the New York Premiere of Vassily Sigarev's Black Milk at East 13th Theater and the New York premiere of The Color Of Desire.


43 other artists received the Knight Arts Challenge grants, including $100,000 to the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival; $80,000 to the Olympia Theater to create a live storytelling series in Spanish; and $150,000 to the Borscht Corporation to fund women’s filmmaking through a program called #NoBroZone.