Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships
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SHA CAGE, Penumbra Theatre Company, St Paul, MN
Sha will sharpen her skills in voice, movement and text. She will work intensively with Penumbra's Summer Institute teens towards developing their new works and artistic voices. She will train in le jeu, clowning and improv and will use these skills to add dimension to the work. She will also study African drumming as a cultural call to action with Fode Bangoura to integrate techniques with the teens in their storytelling. Sha has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Frank Theater, Mixed Blood Theater and Theatre de La Jeune Lune, among others. She is the recipient of a Mcknight Theater Artist Fellowship, a NPN New Works Commission & Creation Fund, a regional Emmy and was named a Change-maker by the Women’s Press.
HEATHER LITTEER, La MaMa E.T.C., New York, NY
Heather will create a new solo work called A Rabbit: HerStory and in High Heels composed of dance, music, storytelling, puppetry and poetry. She will engage in intensive acting, dance and vocal training led by Robert La Fosse for movement and ballet, Master Puppeteer Basil Twist with a focus on Silks, Nick Hallet vocals rooted in the Bel Canto technique and Barbara Maier Gustern for voice and mentored by Nicky Paraiso of La MaMa. She will travel to La MaMa Umbria’s Playwriting retreat in Italy. In addition, Heather will work with young women of the Lower East Side in a workshop using theatre to encourage self-expression, strength and confidence. Heather has been a core member of Big Art Group since 2004 performing in France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and throughout the US and has acted at La MaMa, Wild Project, Bruno Walter Lincoln Center, Producers Club, Abrons Art Center and The Jackie 60 Playhouse, among others.
MIRIAM LAUBE, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR
Miriam will study the classic forms of Ovid’s poetry and Indian classical ragas to create a song cycle based on Ovid’s Heroides in collaboration with women actors of the OSF acting company. She will undertake courses at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Francisco, private study with Myra Melford, associate professor of Music, UC Berkeley, and John Fyler, professor of English, Tufts University and travel to India to do an intensive course in Indian classical music in conjunction with Theatre Mitu. Miriam hopes her work will foster a connection with a South Asian community who might be drawn to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Miriam has worked with OSF for eleven seasons as an actor, director, educator and fundraiser. Acting in professional theatre for 21 years, she has performed in productions at The Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, among others. Miriam will play the role of Cleopatra in Bill Rauch’s production of Antony and Cleopatra and has appeared in the world premieres of Family Album and Party People.
GAVIN LAWRENCE, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Gavin will develop his skills as a solo performer and, through collaboration with playwright Daniel Alexander Jones and director/choreographer Laurie Carlos, he will create a solo performance piece about the evolution of the Over The Rhine community in Cincinnati. He will study at Susan Batson studio to craft distinct characters based off of community members he interviews. He will consult with solo performers Roger Guenveur Smith and Danny Hoch and work under the mentorship of historian Peter Rachleff. Gavin’s goals are to create theatre that could embolden the African American residents in the Over the Rhine community to stay the course while also giving voice to the new residents of the neighborhood. Gavin has performed at Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Mixed Blood Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others. His play, Cut Flowers, won five Black Theatre Alliance Awards, including the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best Writing of a Play. He won the Audelco Award for Outstanding Lead Actor and his grants and fellowships include a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the NEA and MN State Arts Board and a Many Voices Fellowship from the Playwrights’ Center.
SONJA PARKS, Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN
Sonja will explore Theatrical Jazz aesthetic and “jazz acting” methodology by spending time in Lagos, Nigeria to study the practice of Oriki (Yoruba ‘praise poetry’); she will learn from the Gullah people of the South Carolina Islands who employ a vocal polyrhythmic mastery to increase her vocal dexterity; she will participate in Shamanistic healing circles in the American Southwest; and will travel to Reykjavik, Iceland to observe Skalds who fuse traditional sagas with digital storytelling. Utilizing the Theatrical Jazz aesthetic, she will aid the children in Minneapolis, MN and Lagos, Nigeria in telling their own stories and sharing their stories firsthand via Livestream and/or Skype. Sonja was an original member of poet/playwright Sharon Bridgforth’s root wy’mn theatre company and toured nationally with them for 3 years. She has performed at The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Kennedy Center, The Royal Shakespeare Company, among others. Sonja is the recipient of an NEA Grant, a 2002 and 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a McKnight Artist Fellowship, two Minneapolis Ivey Awards. She currently teaches acting at the University of Minnesota.
KEITH RANDOLPH SMITH, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Keith will create a one-man show based on letters between him and his son, who was incarcerated. He will attend the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He will take a course in criminology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and sit in on classes with legendary performers, Joan MacIntosh and Deb Margolin. The play will be shaped under the guidance and direction of Kent Gash. Keith intends his story to speak to community members who have been affected by the prison industrial complex and will engage in dialogues to present options and hope while addressing the realities of addiction. Keith has acted on- and off-Broadway and regionally at Circle in the Square, Samuel Friedman Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, Old Globe Theatre, Yale Repertory, among others. He has a New Dramatist Charles Bowden Award, an Audelco Award Best Actor Nomination for Holiday Heart, an Elliot Norton Award Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance for Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, and a Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Play for Jitney.
JOE WILSON, JR., Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI
Joe will expand his ability to create character and develop his skills in conceiving new work. He will evaluate the evolution of his acting and master new techniques in order to enhance his performance and flourish as a member of an acting company. He will develop a play centered on the life and work of Duke Ellington’s composer, Billy Strayhorn, under the guidance of Kent Gash and he will continue his vocal and physical training in The Margolis Method. Joe, an actively engaged artist activist, who has received honors for his advocacy of the arts, education, marriage equality and underserved youth, will use his fellowship to empower himself to become a stronger catalyst for his community by telling the story of Billy Strayhorn, an openly gay, African-American man and civil rights activist. Joe has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway and regionally, working in nearly 30 different roles at Trinity Rep. He has taught at Brown University, University of Minnesota and Tulane University and is a recipient of the Siseretta Jones Award for Cultural Literacy and the Arts, the Pell Award and received citations in 2012 and 2010 from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, RI Governor, RI Speaker of the House and Providence Mayor for representing achievements and aspirations in the RI, Providence and African American communities and as an outstanding actor.
An advisory selection panel evaluated the applicants and made their recommendations. The panel included: Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director, Pan Asian Repertory; Nataki Garrett, Associate Artistic Director, Calarts Center for New Performance; Loretta Greco, Producing Artistic Director, Magic Theatre; Eric Rosen, Artistic Director, Kansas City Repertory Theatre; and Gerard Stropnicky, Founding Member Emeritus, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.
SUN MEE CHOMET, Mu Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN
Sun Mee will hone her love and grasp of movement, dance and physical theatre by observing Marcela Lorca, Head of Movement at the Guthrie Theater, studying with Master Iyengar Yoga Teacher Nancy Boler; Pig Iron Theatre Company; and Dr. Young-Lan Lee at Kyunghee University in Korea. She will create a workshop production of a new movement theatre piece with company members of Mu Performing Arts to culminate her studies. Sun Mee has acted at Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Lincoln Center Theater, as well as others. She received funding from the Jerome Foundation towards the development of her solo play How to Be a Korean Woman and the Minneapolis Star Tribune awarded her Outstanding New Script of 2008 for Asiamnesia. Sun Mee is a recipient of the Playwrights' Center 2013-14 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship. She received her MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU.
CINDY IM, TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, CA
Cindy will use her fellowship to advance her training in movement, voice and text, priming herself for roles in the classics. She will study Shakespeare, voice and text at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Le Jeu and Clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She will also be mentored by Stephen Buescher, Head of Movement and Physical Theater at A.C.T. During her time in residency at TheatreWorks, Cindy will visit high schools and colleges to host meetings and master classes with Asian American performers in order to help students and performers overcome obstacles connected to considering and maintaining careers in theatre. Cindy has acted in productions at American Conservatory Theater, Crowded Fire Theater, Goodman Theatre and Theatre Dijon Bourgogne; and has worked under the direction of Chay Yew, Mark Rucker, Rob Melrose, Desdemona Chiang, among others. She received her M.F.A in Acting from California Institute of the Arts.
JENNIFER KIDWELL, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA
Jennifer will continue her study of voice and clown, as well as develop fundraising, budgeting, marketing and publicity skills necessary for her professional development. She will further develop her vocal production and movement through Alexander, Primitive Voice, Clown, and Bouffon training. In addition to this work, she will attend international theatre festivals to expand her connections to theatre abroad. She appeared in the world premiere of Zinnias directed by Robert Wilson, The Bacchae and 365 Plays/365 Days at The Public Theater, and is currently in the process of developing two devised pieces exploring pedagogy, race and schizophrenia.
ORLANDO PABOTOY, Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York, NY
Orlando will research, develop and adapt Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar into a one-man show. He will incorporate Visayan language and songs with Shakespeare’s text, and collaborate with Richard Feldman to utilize elements of classical theatrical conventions, commedia dell’arte, and masks in the development of the work. He has appeared in roles at The Public Theater, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre and The Old Globe, among others. He received an Obie Award for his work in The Romance of Magno Rubio and is a faculty member at New York University and a graduate of The Juilliard School.
DANIEL ROBERT SULLIVAN, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York, NY
Daniel will use the resources of Roundabout’s Education Department to collaborate with teenage actors to create a new play about the urban high school experience. He will lead workshops in improvisation and interview with the students and transform devised work into a text. He has toured nationally and internationally as Tommy DeVito in the Jersey Boys and acted in roles at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Gloucester Stage Company, among others. Daniel is a Master Teaching Artist with Roundabout, directing the theatre’s first two annual Student Theatre Arts Festivals. His first book, Places Please! Becoming a Jersey Boy, was published by Iguana Books in 2012.
EVELINA FERNANDEZ, The Latino Theater Company at Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, CA
Evelina will document the company’s history from their first professional production in 1985, La Victima, through their most recent production, A Mexican Trilogy, with photographs, videos, reviews and interviews with the ensemble. She will work in collaboration with Jose Luis Valenzuela, Dr. Jorge Huerta, Dr. Chantal Rodriguez, Sal Lopez, Lucy Rodriguez and Geoffrey Rivas to leave a written and digital record of their ensemble’s history for the generations to come. She will disseminate this knowledge through workshops, work groups, classes, and discussions beginning at the National Latino Theater Encuentro (Encounter). She has acted in the theatre for 35 years and has been a founding member of The Latino Theater Company for 28 years. She acted in the first production of Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum and toured nationally and internationally with El Teatro de la Esperanza. As a playwright, her work includes Luminarias, Dementia, Liz Estrada in the City of Angels and Solitude.
DAVID GREENSPAN, Transport Group Theatre Company, New York, NY
David will use his fellowship to develop a solo rendition of Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude, exploring the dynamics of family pathologies through the lens of this seldom-produced American classic renowned for its interior monologues. While investigating the play, David will engage in a study of O’Neill's life and career and the period in which the play was written, collaborating with Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III and Dramaturge Kristina Corcoran Williams. He has performed in his own plays and premieres of plays by writers including Terrence McNally, Richard Foreman, Sarah Ruhl, Adam Rapp, Mac Wellman and David Adjmi. For his work in New York and regionally he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert Award in the Arts, five Obie Awards (including one for Sustained Achievement), and a Connecticut Critics Circle Award, as well as Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations.
An advisory selection panel evaluated the applicants and made their recommendations. The panel included: Malcolm Darrell, New Play Production Associate, Center Theatre Group; Nicky Paraiso, Director of Programming, The Club La MaMa; Blake Robison, Artistic Director, Cincinnati Playhouse; Tara Rubin, Casting Director, Tara Rubin Casting; and Charlayne Woodard, Actress/Playwright.
MAGGIE LACEY, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH
Maggie will become a "songcatcher" as she explores storytelling through music and researches what and why we sing. She will improve and develop her voice and guitar skills, as well as her knowledge of the American story as told through its songs. Lacey will travel the country in pursuit of those traditions that go beyond the spoken word (such as “hollerin”), experiment with how they might intersect with her work as an actor and teller of stories, and use that knowledge to create an alternative kind of cabaret. She will combine this endeavor with community outreach by bringing her work to hospice patients and others who are unable to attend theatre. Lacey has acted on Broadway in Our Town, Inherit the Wind and Dividing the Estate. Off-Broadway and regionally she has worked with Signature Theatre, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for a New Audience, Arena Stage, and Hartford Stage, among others. She received her MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU.
NORA COLE, Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, NY
Nora will research, write and mount her third solo show based on a collection of 50 letters and postcards written by her uncle, Lieutenant Robert Lawery to her aunt, Katherine Louise Cole during WWII. She will develop a physical and vocal regimen to sustain the demands of principle and solo performing by training in Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi and private voice study at the Manhattan School of Music. Highlights of her 34 years as a performer include 15 years with Vinnette Carroll: Your Arms Too Short To Box With God (B'Way), Medea (title role), multiple productions with George C. Wolfe: Jelly’s Last Jam and On the Town (B'Way) and Caroline of Change at the Royal National Theatre, her work with Rinde Eckert and David Schweizer in And God Created Great Whales and multiple engagements at fourteen regional theatres. Her other solo shows, Olivia’s Opus, an ode to adolescence and Voices of the Spirits in my Soul, based on her family slave history comprise a trilogy that reflects her roots and experiences as a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She is the recipient of a Spencer Cherashore Individual Artist grant, Actors Theatre of Louisville Women in Music Award, Theatre of Renewal Award, a Hedgebrook alum and an Audelco, Joseph Jefferson and Connecticut Critics Circle nominee. Goodman School of Drama (BFA)
ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL
André seeks to further develop his experimental methodology, The Golden Triangle and the 5W Stack/Inner Athlete System. De Shields will deepen this unique style of Griot Performance Art that combines rigorous physical exertion, discipline and contemplation through a new, original work, Confessions of a P.I.M.P. (Positive Individual Making Progress). De Shields will also mentor artists and young people in Victory’s Poets Conservatory and school programs. His career spans more than 40 years, gaining multiple Tony Award nominations, an OBIE for Sustained Excellence of Performance, two Joseph Jefferson Awards, eight AUDELCO Awards, two Black Theatre Alliance Awards, an Emmy Award and the National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award.
GODFREY L. SIMMONS, JR., Epic Theatre Ensemble, New York, NY
Godfrey will study with experts in voice and text to take on lead classical roles that require an actor to vocally and physically carry the show. Simmons will codify what he learns in a curricular plan for teaching classical voice and text at Epic Theatre Ensemble’s mentoring and training programs for high school students from disadvantaged communities. For nearly 25 years, Godfrey has had a range of experiences working as an actor-for-hire, a resident company member at regional and Off-Broadway theatres, and a teacher of acting. He has won an AUDELCO Award as Best Supporting Actor in Old Settler at Primary Stages and co-created Dispatches from (A)mended America. In addition to his 8 year association with Epic, Simmons has ongoing relationships with People’s Light and Theatre Company, Lark Play Development Center and is a Lifetime Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
BRUCE TURK, Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT
Bruce will investigate the comic thread which runs through French comedy from Molière to Feydeau and prepare an approach to performing these works. Turk will conduct dramaturgical studies with Stephen Wadsworth, receive vocal training with Kate Wilson, travel to London to train in neutral mask and clown and to Paris for intensive studies of Play, Clown and Melodrama at École Phillipe Gaulier. He will return frequently to Hartford Stage to conduct workshops and perform. Turk is a former resident member of Tadashi Suzuki’s Acting Company Mito in Japan and has worked extensively with Julie Taymor on productions of Titus Andronicus, Juan Darien, and The Green Bird, in which he starred in the title role. He has performed both On and Off Broadway and at major regional theatres across the country, including six seasons as a member of The Old Globe's Shakespeare Repertory. He has worked with such distinguished directors as Stephen Wadsworth, Michael Kahn, Paul Mullins, Ron Daniels, Adrian Noble and Darko Tresnjak.
An advisory selection panel evaluated the applicants and made their recommendations. The panel included: Sandra Delgado, Fox Fellow, Goodman Theatre; Sara Garonzik, Producing Artistic Director, Philadelphia Theatre Company; Mark Rucker, Associate Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater; and Ken Washington, Director of Company Development, Guthrie Theater.
Round 6 Recipients
SANDRA DELGADO, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL
Sandra will immerse herself in an intense study of actor-generated and interview based theatre making techniques and apply these techniques to an original show, para mis Madres. She plans to embark on observerships with The Civilians and Tectonic Theatre Project in the US and Marta Carrasco in Spain. She will train in physical theatre with Pig Iron and SITI Company. She will also travel to Colombia to conduct interviews for para mis Madres and observe theater. Sandra is a founding member of Collaboraction, an Ensemble member and former Associate Artistic Director of Teatro Vista and a TCG Young Leader of Color. She will be seen in the world premiere of Chicago Boys at the Goodman Theatre in October.
MARIA DIZZIA , Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT
Maria will travel to China to observe professional mourners to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of expressivity in cultural practice and the foundations of theater in ritual. She plans to work with teacher Kim Gillingham to help her integrate funeral ritual performance with contemporary theater practice and with the Linklater Center for Voice and Language to study how this vocal training method undoes the societal repressions that inhibit our voices and frees the emotional life of the actor. Maria has performed off-Broadway in Cradle and All, Hallway Trilogy, The Drunken City, Eurydice, Pullman Car Hiawatha, Apparition, Alice the Magnet, Cause for Alarm, and Gone Missing, as well as her Tony-nominated Broadway performance in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room.
MIRIAM SILVERMAN , The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC
Miriam will develop a personalized approach to verse and voice work to serve her as a performer and educator. She plans to study with experts in the field including Patsy Rodenburg, Kristen Linklater, Andrew Wade and Catherine Fitzmaurice. She will apprentice Ellen O’Brien, STC’s Head of Voice and Text while in residency at STC. Miriam will travel to London to take part in a workshop on the Estill method and attend the RSC's World Shakespeare Festival. In London she will also attend training sessions with Tim Carroll and The Factory. She will travel to Thorais, France for a workshop in the Roy Hart technique and to Gdansk, Poland to attend the International Shakespeare Festival. As an Affiliated Artist Miriam will return to STC to perform leading roles in classical plays and hold workshops for the theater's acting fellows. Miriam has appeared on stage at STC, The Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, Folger Theatre, Red Bull, Arena Stage, and Trinity Rep.
PETER HOWARD , Cornerstone Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Peter will travel to six former Cornerstone host communities to observe changes that have happened since the company's residency. These observations will form the core of a large-scale inquiry into how an actor can affect community, and how community can affect an actor. He will write and perform in a piece that explores the changes in these disparate American communities, in the theater company he helped found and in himself over the span of 25 years. Howard will also train in Theater of the Oppressed and Lessac vocal techniques, and visit other models of community-based professional theater practice in the U.S. and abroad.
JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON, Theatre for a New Audience, New York, NY
John will expand as a classical actor by preparing himself to play lead roles in Shakespeare’s comedies. John will approach this goal with academic study and comparative analysis of Shakespeare and Marlowe with James Shapiro at Columbia University. He will also explore clown techniques, and Shakespeare clown with group and individual study with Christopher Bayes, as well as observing rehearsals and performances of Mr. Bayes’ productions of The Servant of Two Masters and The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Thompson will also study how language works in Shakespeare’s comedies and Marlowe’s tragedies with Andrew Wade. He will perform in readings of three Marlowe tragedies and three Shakespeare comedies led by Arin Arbus and other directors. John has performed at American Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare & Company, Yale Rep, Irish Rep, Wilma Theater, Red Bull, and New York Theatre Workshop. He received an OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and Callaway Award for his performance of Othello at Theatre For A New Audience, and a Callaway Award for The Emperor Jones at Irish Rep.
An advisory selection panel evaluated the applicants and made their recommendations. The panel included: Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse; Regina Bain, National Director of Training and Evaluation, The Posse Foundation; Lisa McNulty, Artistic Line Producer, Manhattan Theatre Club; David Muse, Artistic Director, The Studio Theatre; and Daniel Swee, Casting Director, Lincoln Center Theater.
Round 5 Recipients
USMAN ALLY , American Theater Company (ATC), Chicago, IL
Ally will study documentary theatre techniques and interview-based character creation with ATC artistic director PJ Paparelli. He plans to travel to Pakistan to conduct interviews on immigration with his parents and US Embassy immigration officials. He will also interview South Asian immigrant families in Chicago. Usman will then workshop the documented work through a series of readings and retreats, which will culminate in a production at ATC.
SULI HOLUM, HERE, New York, NY
Holum’s Fellowship will support and enhance the process of developing Chimera, a highly theatrical solo-performance exploring medical chimerism – the combination of two sets of genes in an individual body. Chimera is being developed in collaboration with playwright Deborah Stein through the HERE Artist Residency Program with additional support from the Creativity Fund at New Dramatists, the Playwrights' Center, and Workhaus Collective. Holum will work towards certification at the Laban Institute in New York, participate in workshops on the use of technology in new performance at EMPAC, train with Complicite in the United Kingdom, and develop grantwriting skills at the Foundation Center. She also plans to attend the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, an international three-week festival that emphasizes interdisciplinary work.
ALVIN CHAN , Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY), Honolulu HI
Chan will travel to China, Hong Kong, Japan and his native Hawai’i to develop his expertise in traditional Asian performance techniques. He will study Beijing Opera in Nanjing with master teacher Master Lu, take a Manga intensive course at the Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, receive private training in Japanese Kyogen from Master Mariushi Yatsuhi, and take a four-week intensive course with the Ha Kwok Cheung Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe in Hong Kong. On his return to Hawai’i, Chan will lead a series of workshops on these techniques with the HTY acting company, and perform in their productions, The Lion Dancer and Momotaro.
LAURIE MCCANTS, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE), Bloomsburg PA
Mccants will hone her skills in physical performance, puppetry/object manipulation, musical instrument and Pranayama Yoga (breath work) in preparation for her solo performance Industrious Angels, a music-theatre piece evoking women’s secret creative lines, mother/daughter bloodlines, and Emily Dickinson’s ghost. She will study puppetry with Eric and Ines Bass of Sandglass Theatre, Jon Ludwig of the Center for Puppetry Arts, and Lynn Jeffries of Cornerstone Theater; physical performance with Joan Schirle of Dell'Arte International; and toy piano with composer Guy Klucevsek. She will present the first public workshop versions of Industrious Angels at BTE and the Ko Festival of Performance in July 2011, and then prepare for a national tour starting in 2012.
FRANK CORRADO, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Seattle WA
Corrado will expand Pinter Fortnightly, a series he founded in March 2009, which is devoted to public readings of the works of Harold Pinter. As the series’ resident actor/curator/co-producer/casting agent, he will better compensate participating actors and invite actors, directors and scholars outside Seattle to take part. Corrado will work in partnership with ACT artistic director Kurt Beattie to expand the series to include other intellectually rigorous and underrepresented writers. Also, there have been preliminary discussions about a possible Pinter Festival at ACT in 2012 utilizing a number of the theatre spaces.
An advisory selection panel evaluated the applicants and made their recommendations. The panel included: Ricardo Khan, Director/Writer, Crossroads Theatre Company; Ellen Lauren, Associate Artistic Director, SITI Company; Lisa Portes, Head of Directing, The Theatre School at DePaul; Melissa Smith, Conservatory Director, American Conservatory Theater.
Round 4 Recipients
CHRISTINA APATHY, Perseverance Theatre, Douglas AK
Christina plans to attend Theatre Mitu’s South India Artist Intensive to explore an artist’s personal mythology as citizen of the world in 2010. In 2011 Christina will participate in the Teacher Development Program at the Actors Center. In 2012 she will take a course in The Moving Body at the London International School of Performing Arts to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamic forces at the core of the artist’s existence, attend a puppetry festival in Portugal the Sibiu Theatre Festival in Romania, and spend time at the Kneehigh Theatre in Cornwall, UK.
HEATHER SIMMS, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton NJ
Heather will travel to Jamaica to audit courses on Caribbean Dialectology, the socio-historical background of Caribbean Language and women’s narrative in the African Diaspora. She will also study Afro-Caribbean dance. She will then travel to London for additional voice training, and to observe the Jamaican-founded Talawa theatre company. She will then travel to Ghana to participate in the African Culture Through Arts program to explore Ghanaian storytelling traditions. In the final phase of her fellowship, Heather will curate a reading series at the McCarter that will introduce the McCarter community as well as other actors and directors to new voices.
J. NICOLE BROOKS, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago IL
In preparation for a role in an opera based on a slave settlement in Colonial Brazil, Nicole will learn Afro Brazilian Samba, Portuguese and Capoeira to prepare for travel to Brazil for a deeper insight into Brazilian culture. She will also develop her circus skills at the Actors Gymnasium, and continue studying with master teachers David Downs of Northwestern University and Mary Ann Thebus of Artistic Home.
STEPHANIE BERRY, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York NY
Stephanie will study voice at the Linklater Center for Voice and Language in New York, yoga and meditation at Harlem Holistic Studios and Improvisation classes at HB studios. She will travel to Sierra Leone to study storytelling with village griots and attend storytelling festivals including the Zora Neale Hurston Festival, the Gullah Festival and the Hane Native American Storytelling Festival. She will collect stories from a diverse section of Harlem residents, and present her findings in a production celebrating the living history of West Harlem.
PAULA PLUM, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston MA
Paula will travel to France to study Mask Play, Characters, Melodrama and Characters and Writing at the Ecole Phillipe Gaulier, take two Mask intensives at Dell’Arte International and study at the Ecole Mime in Montreal. She will also develop a new original work based on the life of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and offer master classes on Mask and working with sexuality onstage.
Round 3 Recipients
Bill Barclay, Shakespeare & Co, Lenox, MA
Bill will travel with the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre to Bali to study traditional Balinese dance, yoga, Alexander technique, shadow puppetry, mask making and theatrical/religious ritual. In 2009/2010, he will work with actor/composer/playwright Rinde Eckert at the University of Iowa and Irina Brook’s company in Paris. Towards the end of his residency, he will work on his clown with Christopher Bayes. Bill will develop a multi-disciplinary approach to acting Shakespeare and create solo work through syntheses of poetry, music, movement, clown and ritual.
Tami Dixon, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
Employing techniques learned from workshops with Keith Johnstone, The Ping Chong Company and actor/writer Lisa Kron, Tami Dixon will embark on a journey towards the development of Slope Stories, a performance piece that will use stories from City Theatre’s neighbouring community members as source material. The fellowship will ultimately advance Tami’s training in innovative approaches to character development.
Hoon Lee, Lark Play Development Center, NY
During his residency at the Lark, Hoon will participate in the Playwrights’ Workshop, Studio Retreats, Barebones productions and the international exchange. With Artistic Director, John Eisner, he will also develop an exploratory Playwright-Actor project with a playwright. Hoon will work closely with Lark artistic advisor Olympia Dukakis, who will mentor him during his fellowship.
Zishan Ugurlu, La MaMa E.T.C., NY
Zishan will travel to Iran, Dubai, London and Los Angeles and will study the three following areas: Muslim women in the world; Muslim women in their home nation and Muslim women and men together in the same space in the context of ritual. Through her experiences abroad and at home, Zishan’s goal is to develop her imagination, voice and body in what she calls a “passionate quest for authenticity.” She will develop a piece about Muslim women with La MaMa’s artistic director, Ellen Stewart.
Ellen Lauren, SITI Company, NY
Ellen Lauren will re-invigorate the link between Suzuki and SITI Company by sharing her knowledge with SITI’s acting company. Her proposed activities are three-fold: advanced study with Tadashi Suzuki in Japan; advance master class culminating in a student production of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters , and the production of a book. Ellen will travel with The Suzuki Company to Seoul, Korea to take part in the BeSeTo Festival; Beijing, China to train with Chinese/Japanese cast of Clytemnestra under the direction of Danny Ho and to the Tanganka Theatre, Moscow to participate in two workshops led by artistic director, Yuri Lyubimov.
Kate Valk, The Wooster Group, NY
Kate’s fellowship activities include singing lessons with Hai-Ting Chinn to support her work in a new opera, La Didone; Noh Theatre lessons with John Oglevee; Spanish language classes at Queen Sofia Institute in preparation for a bilingual production to be developed by The Wooster Group from the work of Federico Garcia Lorca; meditation and yoga classes, and vocal training in the Kristen Linklater method with Natsuko Ohama.
Round 2 Recipients
Amit Lahav is co-founder of London-based theatre company Gecko, whose productions include The Race (winner of Total Theatre Award) and Taylor’s Dummies (Time Out Critics Choice, Guardian Pick of the Fringe). His Fellowship will partner him with David Farr, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith in London. With Mr. Farr as his mentor, Mr. Lahav hopes to expand his artistic vision and creative practice, so that he can perform in theatre on a larger scale. Mr. Lahav will spend time in each department of the Lyric Hammersmith to gain a larger understanding of the theatre management process as a whole. His program activity will begin with his performance in The Arab and the Jew in the Lyric Studio, leading towards creating an original work in the Lyric’s Main House.
Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel is founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Bauriedel will use his Fellowship to study with master teachers Giovanni Fusetti and Philippe Gaulier on clown and commedia dell’arte mask training. He also plans to find and create a vocabulary for the expressiveness of the voice through workshops with members of the Roy Hart School. In addition to his intense training, Mr. Bauriedel plans on using his Fellowship to attend numerous theatre festivals including Avignon, Festival du Monde, and Festival d’Automne. With the experience gained from the Fellowship, Mr. Bauriedel will return to the Pig Iron Theatre Company and lead workshops on clown and mask ending in the development of an original work which will become part of Pig Iron’s touring repertory.
Andres Munar is a New York-based actor who was recently seen in Acts of Mercy at Rattlestick Playwright Theater. Mr. Munar will use his Fellowship to become a guest ensemble member of Cornerstone Theatre Company, an honor that has never before been bestowed. Mr. Munar will participate in two Cornerstone Institute Summer Residencies and appear in The Justice Bridge Show, the culminating project of a three- year Justice Cycle, which encompasses five plays exploring how laws shape and divide communities. Mr. Munar will also use his Fellowship towards a month-long residency with Sylvia Pelaez at Teatro La Gruta in Mexico City to immerse himself in Latin American rehearsal and performance techniques.
Barbra Berlovitz, a co-founder of Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis, MN, has been performing and directing with the company since its inception in 1979. Ms. Berlovitz will use her Fox Fellowship to enrich her acting as well as her approach to teaching acting by shadowing three internationally known theatre masters, Patsy Rodenburg, Philippe Gaulier, and Ariane Mnouchkine. Upon her return from Europe, Ms. Berlovitz plans to bring her skills and inspiration back to Theatre de la Jeune Lune and lead her fellow actors in the creation of an original piece. She will also use her talents to offer workshops and master classes to the cast as well as young professional actors.
Ron Campbell is a west-coast based actor, whose performance awards include the Los Angeles and Bay Area Critic’s Circle Awards, the Helen Hayes and Jeff Award nominations, and four Backstage West Garland Awards. Through his Fox Fellowship, Mr. Campbell will study techniques with theatre companies in Greece, Italy, Japan and finally, Sweden in three specific stages: Mask in Greece and Italy, Body in Japan, and Voice in Sweden. He envisions this Fellowship as a “comprehensive exploration into combining mask work, movement and voice and applying these techniques to classical texts.” Mr. Campbell then plans to hold workshops for California Shakespeare Theater’s Associate Artists to share his findings with the possibility of developing a performance piece marrying Mr. Campbell’s physical work with aspects of Shakespeare.
William McNulty, a long-standing member of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s acting company, will use his Fox Fellowship to attend The Actors Center’s Intensive Teacher Training Program, working with acting teachers such as William Esper and Ron Van Lieu. He will then travel to the Acting School at the Atlantic Theatre Company in NYC to observe and train in the classroom for the duration of the summer program. Upon returning to Louisville, Mr. McNulty will teach classes for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s apprentice company as well as the community at large while continuing to work onstage as a resident actor.
Jonathan Broadbent is based in London and has performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain and London’s Gate Theatre. Mr. Broadbent’s host theatre for the Fox Fellowship is the Bristol Old Vic Theatre (Bristol, England). The fellowship will allow Mr. Broadbent to continue his voice training and develop his Shakespearean repertoire, culminating with the portrayal of Orlando in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, directed by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre’s artistic leader, Simon Reade. While in residence, Mr. Broadbent will develop his adaptation of The Late Mr. Shakpeseare, by Robert Nye and serve as liaison between the theatre’s administrative staff and the new, full-time resident acting company.
Juan Rivera Lebron’s Fox Fellowship will focus on vocal and text analysis. He will study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and locations throughout Spain. His studies will include an exploration of the similarities and differences in approaching Shakespearean text, and Spanish classical text in its original language. Mr. Lebron will subsequently offer classes and workshops for the company members and staff of the Fox host theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR), and help develop bilingual curriculum that will focus on Shakespeare and Spanish classical texts in conjunction with the theatre’s education department.
In 2006-2007, Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham will play in rotating repertory Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Darko Tresnjak, and Barabas in The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe, directed by David Herskovits, both to be produced by Theatre for a New Audience (New York, NY). The Merchant of Venice will subsequently tour to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon to be presented in the RSC's Complete Works Festival. Mr. Abraham, who has acted in over 80 films and 90 plays and was last seen Off Broadway in Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted, has been awarded funding that will provide time to prepare for the rigors of repertory performance, including training with internationally acknowledged voice expert Cicely Berry.
Karen Kandel’s acting credits include international tours of productions directed by Ong Ken Sen, JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer and Peter Sellars. She will study Noh theatre in Japan, improvisational vocal techniques (both Eastern and Western Classical), dance training in Paris and clown and mime training in New York. She is a longtime collaborator of the host theatre, Mabou Mines (New York, NY) and will, with other artists, develop a new piece for the theatre through open work sessions, readings, presentations and residencies.
Joan Schirle has received a Fox Fellowship with Dell'Arte International (Blue Lake, CA), a thirty-year-old, internationally recognized touring ensemble and school, of which she is a co-founder. Her Fox Fellowship work will primarily focus on vocal training. She will study in France with members of the Roy Hart Theatre, at the Banff Center with Richard Armstrong and in New York with Catherine Fitzmaurice and others. Upon completion of her studies, she will lead workshops with Dell’Arte company members. Dell’Arte has also committed to develop one of two projects which will feature Ms. Schirle.
Andrew Weems received a Fox Fellowship with the Intiman Theatre (Seattle, WA). His acting credits include roles on Broadway, with Theatre for New Audience (including at the Royal Shakespeare Company), New York Theatre Workshop and at major regional theatres throughout the U.S. He has worked frequently with director Bartlett Sher, including two productions at the Intiman, where Mr. Sher is artistic director. Mr. Weems will travel to Tamil Nadu, India to study at the Kattaikuttu Sangram and to Kerala, India to study at the Bhasabharathi Center. Upon his return to the U.S., he will continue to develop his play Namaste Man (Lost and Found in Kathmandu), an autobiographical piece based on his travels and his upbringing in Asia and Africa. Members of the Intiman Theatre’s artistic staff will collaborate with Mr. Weems on his play.