Recent Alumni News
Sam Gold '00, won the Tony Award for best direction of a musical for his work on the acclaimed Fun Home. Fun Home also took best musical, best book, best original score, and best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical.
Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. As in the book, the story concerns the father-daughter relationship between Alison Bechdel and her father Bruce Bechdel. It has been called "the first mainstream musical about a young lesbian and has been nominated for the pulitizer prize for drama." Read more
Teresa Kim '15, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the upcoming year. As a PMA and comparative literature double major, Teresa has had an extremely interdisciplinary academic journey and this will be echoed in the research she conducts. Her project, "From Pyongyang to Incheon: Refugee Resettlement in Asia's Migratory Microcosm," will take her to South Korea and allow her to work with a local NGO conducting film research and documenting the work of a man who journeys to Northern China to rescue female defectors from North Korea. Teresa will also work with a sociology professor at Sogang University to create a written account of these rescue efforts. Read more
Cathy Choi '93, featured in Ezra magazine, says the skills she learned as a theatre major have been invaluable in her work as a company president.
"We had to learn everything from how to direct to how to work the lights, and how to deal with a variety of people including students, professional actors and professors," she says. "Those skills have come in really handy in running a business. I kind of view running a business as a lifelong production." Read more here.
Harvey Young, Jr. MA ’00 PhD ’04 was recently named the winner of the
Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and
Performance Studies from the National Communication Association for his
book “Embodying Black Experience.”
Young received both master’s and doctoral degrees in theatre arts from Cornell, with a concentration in theatre theory and aesthetics. “Embodying Black Experience,” published in 2010, began as his dissertation at Cornell and explores how the history of the diasporic black body in American art, athleticism and performance resonates in daily life.
Jimmy Smits MFA '82 returned to campus in December of 2011 to accept the Cornell Alumni Artist of the Year Award. Smits' best-known television roles were as Victor Sifuentes on "L.A. Law," Det. Bobby Simone on "NYPD Blue" and politician Matt Santos on "The West Wing."
Sarah Stern '97 was recently named co-artistic director of the Vineyard Theatre. Stern has been with the Vineyard since beginning as an artistic associate in 1999. She was appointed associate artistic director in 2001.
Magda Romanska Ph.D. 06 was named the winner of the Gerald Kahan Scholar Prize in December 2010 for her essay, Between History and Memory: Auschwitz in Akropolis, Akropolis in Auschwitz, published in Theatre Survey. The annual prize, given by the American Society for Theatre Research, is given to the best essay written and published in English in a refereed scholarly journal on any subject in theatre research.
Justin Lerner's '02 first feature film, "Girlfriend," had its world premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and has been in several domestic and international film festivals. The film won the jury award for best narrative feature and "Best of the Fest" in the audience category at the 20th Woods Hole Film Festival.
Joanne Schapiro Koch ’61 and co-writer Sarah Blacher Cohen have published a book entitled Shared Stages: Ten American Dramas of Blacks and Jews (SUNY Press). Shared Stages brings together ten of the best contemporary American plays that dramatize the explosive relationship of blacks and Jews in American society.
Husband and wife team Drew Filus ’94 and Andrea Berloff ’94 are promoting a movie that Drew wrote and directed and Andrea executive produced called Raw Footage.
Rori Bergman ’02 is currently working in casting for film and television for Kathleen Chopin. She continues to co-run a small, non-profit theatre company she founded in 2004 called New York Theatre Experiment (NYTE). Associate Professor of Acting/Directing Beth Milles recently sat on a panel for the group on the resonance of mentorship and vision for future theatre artists.
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Emmy-Award winning executive producer Michael Hausman '57 lectured at the Schwartz Center on his experiences in the bustling Hollywood film industry. He cautioned the forum's audience of aspiring directors, producers, and screenwriters "there are a lot of personalities in this business and you have to learn how to work with them, not against them."