Theatre: Student Honors, Awards, Publications, and Other Activities 2011

Meghan Duffy (Theatre), director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was nominated for Best Improv Workshop and Best Improv Instructor by the 2011 INNY Award committee for her class “The Edge Effect.” (posted 11-2011)

Rick DesRochers
(Theatre), as dramaturg at the PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, shepherded J. T. Rogers’ newest play Blood and Gifts through the development process; the play received its world premiere at the National Theatre in London this past September and will have its U.S. premiere at Lincoln Center in the fall of 2011. DesRochers has been promoted to associate artist at, and cocurator of, PlayPenn. (posted 2-2011)

Joe Heissan (Theatre) wrote a review of Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem that appeared in Western European Stages. (posted 2-2011)

Debra Hillborn (Theatre) was featured, along with alumna Amy E. Hughes (Theatre, 2009) and Judith Milhous (Dist. Prof., GC, Theatre), in a discussion group titled “Containing Bodies: The Threat of Women on Performative Display” at the 2010 American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR). The group was organized by Jennifer-Scott Mobley (Theatre, 2010) and Jill Stevenson (Theatre, 2006). (posted 2-2011)

Sascha Just (Theatre) was awarded a doctoral research grant that allows her to conduct research in New Orleans on how Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath have affected the performance traditions of Mardi Gras Indians. (posted 2-2011)

Ana Martinez (Theatre) won the 2010 Cohn-Lortel International Theatre-Going Award and the June Bennett Larsen Fellowship (dissertation research travel award). (posted 2-2011)

Shari Perkins (Theatre) recently completed her first issue as managing editor of Slavic and East European Performance, which is published by the Segal Theatre Center and edited by Daniel Gerould (Dist. Prof., GC, Theatre, Comparative Literature). (posted 2-2011)

Dan Venning (Theatre) wrote an essay on Kurt Weill’s unpublished “Pencil Notes on the Minstrel Show” that was accepted for publication in Performing Arts Resources 28: The Tyranny of Documents. He also won the Doctoral Students Research Grant Competition. The grant will help fund his participation in this year’s Mid-America Theatre Conference in Minneapolis, where he will present his dissertation research and serve as a Graduate Student Coordinator and dramaturg for a ten-minute play. (posted 2-2011)


Submitted on: FEB 1, 2011

Category: Theatre, Students Honors, Awards, and Publications