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March 23

The 2018 Edwin Booth Award: Young Jean Lee

Photo by Blaine Davis

****Due to winter storm forecast, the evening has been rescheduled to Friday, March 23****
Friday, March 23
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Award Ceremony

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association presents the 2018 Edwin Booth Award to New York writer, director, and filmmaker Young Jean Lee. The Edwin Booth Award is given annually by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre.

Young Jean Lee has written and directed ten shows in New York. Her short films have been presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company has toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. Named as “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times, Lee has received two OBIE Awards, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, among numerous other fellowships. A presentation workshop of Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven was first shown at PRELUDE 2005.

The award ceremony features an interview with Young Jean Lee by Chloë Rae Edmonson; speeches and performance by Doctoral Students Jessica Adam, Kyueun Kim, Ash Marinaccio, Nina Angela Mercer, Hansol Oh, Alison Walls, and Jennie Youssef; as well as a special performance by Diana Oh and Matt Park.

Presented in collaboration with the DTSA Second Vice President Hansol Oh, with additional support from Sidney E. Cohn Chair Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair Distinguished Professor David Savran, Lucille Lortel Chair Professor Jean Graham-Jones, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

Past Honorees:

2017 – Taylor Mac
2016 – Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir
2015 – María Irene Fornés
2014 – Elevator Repair Service
2013 – Woodie King Jr.
2012 – Split Britches
2011 – Stephen Sondheim
2010 – Charles Mee
2009 – Judith Malina
2008 – Karen Finley
2007 – Mabou Mines
2006 – HERE Arts Center
2005 – Paula Vogel
2004 – The Classical Theatre of Harlem
2003 – The New York Theatre Workshop
2002 – Tony Kushner
2001 – Anne Bogart and The S.I.T.I. Company
2000 – Performance Space 122
1999 – Dixon Place
1998 – Hal Prince
1997 – Richard Foreman
1996 – The Brooklyn Academy of Music
1995 – Anne Hamburger and En Garde Arts
1994 – JoAnne Akalaitis
1993 – The Wooster Group
1992 – Arthur Miller
1991 – Al Hirschfeld
1990 – Robert Whitehead
1989 – Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival
1988 – The Ridiculous Theatrical Company
1987 – Joseph Chaiken
1986 – Stanley Kauffmann
1985 – The Negro Ensemble Company
1984 – Ellen Stewart
1983 – The Royal Shakespeare Company


Start: Mar 23, 2018
End: Mar 23, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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April 2

A Day with Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk directing Book of Days. Photo by Dominique Lasseur

Monday, April 2
Segal Theatre
5:30pm Discussion + 1:00pm Screenings

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us for a day with iconic composer, singer, director/choreographer and filmmaker, Meredith Monk. Following afternoon screenings, the evening discussion features Meredith Monk, Performing Arts Journal editor Bonnie Marranca, and Frank Hentschker. Screenings will include 16 Millimeter Earrings (1966), Book of Days (1988), Ellis Island (1981), Turtle Dreams (1983), Paris (1982), and several of Monk’s short silent films (1966-1994).

Additional support by PAJ Publications/PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Bonnie Marranca, editor.

Considered one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, Meredith Monk has been a pioneer of interdisciplinary work for over 50 years. Her award-winning films, Ellis Island and Book of Days, have screened world-wide and on PBS, and her music has been used by filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard, Terrence Malick, David Byrne and the Coen brothers, among others. Monk has made more than a dozen recordings on the ECM label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated Impermanence. In conjunction with her 50th season of performing and creating work, she was named the 2014-15 Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. Recent honors include the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Celebrated internationally, Ms. Monk’s work has been presented at major venues throughout the world.

Bonnie Marranca is founding publisher and editor of the Obie-Award winning PAJ Publications/PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, which celebrated its 40th year in 2016. A recent recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Editing Award for Sustained Achievement, she has written or edited seventeen books. She is the author of three volumes of criticism, Performance Histories, Ecologies of Theatre, and Theatrewritings, and editor several play anthologies, interview and essay collections, including Conversations with Meredith Monk,  New Europe: plays from the continent, Interculturalism and Performance, and Plays for the End of the Century. Her essays have been translated into twenty languages. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar, Bonnie Marranca is Professor of Theatre at The New School for Liberal Arts/Eugene Lang College.

Schedule (TBC):
1:00pm                 16 Millimeter Earrings (1966, 25 minutes)
1:30pm                 Book of Days (1988, 55 minutes)
2:40pm                 Ellis Island (1981, 7 minutes)
2:50pm                 Turtle Dreams (1983, 10 minutes )
3:00pm                 Paris (1982, 26 minutes)
3:30pm                 Several of Monk’s short silent films (1966-1994)
5:00pm                 Discussion with Meredith Monk, Bonnie Marranca, and Frank Hentschker

About the films:
16 Millimeter Earrings
Color, Sound, 25 Minutes, 16mm.
Produced, directed and photographed by Robert Withers.
Conceived and performed by Meredith Monk; originally performed in 1966.

The film received a Merit Award at The Dance Film Festival in New York City, 1980. 16 Millimeter Earrings, a breakout early piece for Meredith, was a solo performance incorporating film and original music, voice and guitar, tapes. Originally performed at Judson Memorial Church.

Book of Days
Black and White and Color, Sound(Stereo/Dolby),
74:21 Minutes (35mm-1:33/video), 1″ 3/4″ and 1/2″videotape.
55:36 minutes (Video/Television version), 1″ 3/4″ and 1/2″ videotape.

Book of Days opens, in color, with 20th-century workmen blasting a brick wall, leaving a hole that opens into a black-and-white small town in the Middle Ages. Men, women and children glide about their daily tasks, stopping to answer sometimes tellingly anachronistic questions from 20th-century interviewers

Color, Sound, 26 Minutes, 1″, 3/4″ and 1/2″ videotape.
Conceived and performed by Meredith Monk and Ping Chong.
Produced and Directed by Mark Lowry and Kathryn Escher; made in cooperation with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and KTCA-TV.
Music by Meredith Monk.

Paris was first performed in 1972, the first part of The Travelogue Series. The video received an Honorable Mention in the 26th Annual American Film Festival sponsored by the Educational Film Library Association, and was also selected for screening at the International Public Television conference in Belgium. It is shown here in its entirety, performed by Meredith Monk and Ping Chong.

Start: Apr 2, 2018
End: Apr 2, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 2

Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab with Anne Cattaneo

2017 Directors Lab. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Wednesday, May 2
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Readings + Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us to discover and celebrate the astounding work and legacy of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, an international developmental program for emerging directors from many theatrical traditions. Since the inaugural lab in 1995, the LCT Directors Lab has nurtured the talents of over 1,500 emerging directors from around the world through workshops, shared sessions, rehearsals, and discussions with master artists under the leadership of dramaturg Anne Cattaneo. Anne Cattaneo and members of previous Labs will discuss the intensive investigation of their craft and the collaborative relationships developed through the program. A discussion with past and present Directors Lab collaborators will follow work-in-progress excerpts.

Start: May 2, 2018
End: May 2, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 10

Objects of Study: Methods and Materiality in Theatre and Performance Studies

Thursday, May 10th
Segal Theatre
7:30pm Performance, 5:30pm Roundtable + All Day Conference

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The multiple potential meanings of “object” within theatre and performance studies point to questions about the relationship between knowledge and materiality. With this conference, we issue a challenge to the common understanding of scholarly work as focused on an “object of study.” We seek to destabilize the terms “object” and “study” to explore how the ways in which we conceive of objects and materiality might influence the framework of our discipline. Are we, as scholars, engaging in acts of objectification? How do the objects also act upon us?

This student conference is organized by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association and will host working groups of emerging scholars during the day, followed by a roundtable with Katherine Behar (Baruch College, CUNY), Maaike Bleeker (Utrecht University, Netherlands), Rebecca Schneider (Brown University), Soyoung Yoon (The New School), and a performance by Larissa Velez Jackson (LVJ Performance Co.).

For more information, please visit the webpage: cuny.is/objects

This event will take place thanks to the generous support of Sidney E. Cohn Chair Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson, Vera Mowry Roberts Chair Distinguished Professor David Savran, Lucille Lortel Chair Professor Jean Graham-Jones, the Ph.D. Program in Theatre, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Center for the Humanities, and The Doctoral Students’ Council.

DTSA Conference Committee: Eylül Fidan Akıncı, Amir Farjoun, Sarah Lucie, Christine Snyder, Cory Tamler, and Jennifer Thompson.

Date: May 10
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 21

Hilton Als “Andy Warhol: The Series”


Left: Hilton Als, photo by Brigitte Lacombe.          Right: John Jesurun, photo by Paula Court.

Monday, May 21
Segal Theatre
5:00pm Reading + Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Originally written for television, Hilton Als’s Andy Warhol: The Series draws on historical accounts, rumors, and artwork to tell the story of the artist’s childhood, career, and fascination with Hollywood. The series is from the point of view of significant women in Warhol’s life–his mother and Shirley Temple. This evening will present the premiere reading, directed by New York-based director John Jesurun. Co-produced by Claire Montgomery and Alsun Keogh/Location One.

Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1994 and a theatre critic in 2002. He began contributing to the magazine in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town. Before coming to The New Yorker, Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. His first book The Women was published in 1996. His most recent book White Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in 2014, discusses various narratives of race and gender. In 1997, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded Als first prize in both Magazine Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment. He was awarded a Guggenheim for creative writing in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-03. In 2016, he received Lambda Literary’s Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2017.

John Jesurun is a writer, director, and media artist. Since 1982, he has provided text, direction, and design for over thirty pieces. He has been published by TCG, Sun & Moon Press, and NoPassport Press. His work Shatterhand Massacree and Other Media Texts has been published by Performing Arts Journal.

Start: May 21, 2018
End: May 21, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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May 24

Puerto Rico: Theatre after Hurricane María

Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Contemporary Theatre + Performance in Puerto Rico post María

Thursday, May 24
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Panel

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Inspired by the tragic events and continued inaction in Puerto Rico, the Segal Center invites theatre and performance artists from Puerto Rico to speak about their artistic practices and how these have been impacted by Hurricane María. The evening will feature presentations, readings, and demonstrations, as well as an open forum to discuss the current state of performance and politics on the island. Invited artists and panelists include: Isel Rodríguez (Teatro Breve), Helen Ceballos (Mezcolanza), Kairiana Núñez (Mezcolanza), Mickey Negrón (Mezcolanza), and Libertad Guerra (Loisaida Center). The event will be moderated by Bertie Ferdman.

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Helen Ceballos studied at the University of Puerto Rico and the National University of Art in Buenos Aires. She created Mezcolanza, a hybrid and multidisciplinary arts collaborative with artists from the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Helen directs the House of Culture Ruth Hernández Torres and chairs the board of the Casa de Mujer Dominicana in Puerto Rico.




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Libertad O. Guerra is the Acting Director and Chief Curator of the Loisaida Inc. Center. Her publications include essays in The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and in the edited volume New York-Berlin: Kulturen in der Stadt. In 2015, she organized ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York at Loisaida Inc. Cultural Center.




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Mickey Negrón trained at the University of Puerto Rico and has performed across the Americas, including collaborations with Rosa Luisa Márquez, Nao Bustamante, Guillermo Gomez Peña/La Pocha Nostra, Jóvenes del 98, Malayerba, and Yuyachkani. He is the Artistic Director of Asuntos Efímeros and curator of Quiebre: International Performance Festival in San Juan Puerto Rico.




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Isel Rodríguez is a member of the comedy collective, Teatro Breve, where she created Luna y Vecky—a hipster band that play hilariously irreverent-but-catchy songs, and Las monjas del cannabis, a pair of marijuana-dealing nuns. She has a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance from ASU, an M.A. in Theatre Education from NYU, and teaches theatre in the Drama and English Departments at the University of Puerto Rico.



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Kairiana Núñez Santaliz has a BA from University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and has studied acting in Latin American and the Caribbean. Her work centers on themes of death, autobiography, colonialism, the situation in Puerto Rico, dogs, and dreams, among others. She always uses humor and poetry as active agents in her creative process.




Start: May 24, 2018
End: May 24, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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