School of drama

School Notes: School of Drama
September/October 2017

James Bundy ’95MFA |

Yale Rep’s new season

Yale Repertory Theatre’s 2017–18 season opens in October with Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, newly translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh (faculty) and staged by Artistic Director James Bundy ’95MFA. The season also includes playwright Nambi E. Kelley’s Native Son, adapted from the iconic novel by Richard Wright, directed by Seret Scott; the world premiere of Field Guide, a Yale Rep commission created by Rude Mechs; Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’s Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3, directed by Liz Diamond (faculty); and Kiss by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón, directed by Evan Yionoulis ’85MFA (faculty). Yale Rep artistic director Bundy said that the upcoming season offers Yale Rep audiences “opportunities to witness vital perspectives on the world, particularly its literature, history, and politics.”

New design fellowship

The Burry Fredrik Foundation, founded by the late Tony Award–winning producer, director, and stage manager Burry Fredrik to promote the development of new work and the fiscal health of professional theaters in Connecticut, has joined forces with Yale School of Drama and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference to launch the careers of graduates from the school’s design departments, with the establishment of the Burry Fredrik Design Fellowship. Each year, one graduating scenic, costume, lighting, projection, or sound designer will receive a $15,000 award and will be asked to participate in the National Playwrights Conference as a design responder. In addition, if the fellow is hired as a designer at Goodspeed Musicals, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, or Westport Playhouse in the two years following the award, the foundation will make a grant to that theater in an amount equal to the fee paid to the designer. Set designer Claire DeLiso ’17MFA is the inaugural Fredrik Design Fellow.

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