School of drama

School Notes: School of Drama
July/August 2017

James Bundy ’95MFA |

Tony Awards recognize Yale Rep and School of Drama

Indecent, the new play created by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman ’00MFA, which was co-commissioned, developed, and first produced by Yale Rep in 2015 with support from Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre, opened on Broadway in April, following acclaimed runs at La Jolla Playhouse in California and Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. The production, presented on Broadway in association with Yale Rep, earned three Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, Best Director (Taichman), and Best Lighting Design (Christopher Akerlind ’89MFA), and won in the director and lighting design categories.

Costume designer Jane Greenwood (Faculty) won the Tony for her work on Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes and Santo Loquasto ’72MFA won for the costumes he designed for Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! Lynn Meadow ’71Dra, artistic director of Manhattan Theatre Club, accepted the award for Best Revival of a Play for August Wilson’s Jitney; and Casey Reitz ’03MFA was on stage as executive director of Second Stage Theatre,  one of the producers of Dear Evan Hansen, winner of Best Musical. This year’s nominees included many other School of Drama alumni and faculty members, including Linda Cho ’98MFA, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Anastasia; Susan Hilferty ’80MFA, Best Costume Design of a Play for Present Laughter; Donald Holder ’86MFA, Best Lighting Design of a Play for Oslo; Jennifer Tipton (faculty), Best Lighting Design of a Play for A Doll’s House, Part 2; Michael Yeargan ’73MFA (faculty), Best Scenic Design of a Play for Oslo; and Catherine Zuber ’84CDR, Best Costume Design of a Musical for War Paint.

Playwright Lynn Nottage ’89MFA was also nominated in the Best Play category for Sweat. Earlier this year, the play garnered Nottage her second Pulitzer Prize in Drama, making her the first female author to receive the award twice.

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