School of drama

School Notes: School of Drama
November/December 2014

James Bundy ’95MFA |

School drama season features classics

Yale School of Drama’s 2014–15 season opened in October with a production of Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, adapted by Edward Kemp, and directed by Sara Holdren ’15MFA. The season continues December 12–18 with director Jessica Holt’s (’15MFA) staging of Chekhov’s The Seagull (translated by Paul Schmidt). In January, Andrej Visky ’15MFA will direct Molière’s Don Juan, which he adapted with playwright Brendan Pelsue ’16MFA and dramaturg Samantha Lazar ’15MFA from Pelsue’s own translation. The titles and dates for the school’s annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, which features three full-length plays written by playwrights in their third year, will be announced in the spring.

Theater organization honors Yale Rep and YSD

The National Theatre Conference, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support and promote theater in America, honored Yale Rep and the drama school with several awards in October, including the Outstanding Theatre Award to Yale Repertory Theatre in recognition of its contributions to the American theater. Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins, whose Yale Rep–commissioned play War has its world premiere at the Rep in November, was chosen to receive the NTC Emerging Professional Award. Projection designer Wendall Harrington (faculty) received the NTC’s Person of the Year Award. Her work will be seen later this season in Yale Rep’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by Liz Diamond (faculty). And playwright Amelia Roper ’13MFA was given the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award, which recognizes an outstanding emerging playwright.  

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