Category: Alumni

Boston University College of Fine Arts Alumnus Triumphs at 28th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards

May 8th, 2013 in Alumni, CFA, Theatre

School of Theatre Alumnus Scott Zielinski receives award for Outstanding Lighting Design

Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that School of Theatre alumnus Scott Zielinski (CFA ’87) received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for his work on A Civil War Christmas. The Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway recognize excellence Off-Broadway by honoring the invaluable contribution of artists to the theatre community.

Outstanding Lighting Designer
Scott Zielinski (CFA ’87), A Civil War Christmas

The 28th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards were announced on May 5, 2013, at the NYU Skirball Center. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists, academics, and other Off-Broadway professionals serve on the voting committee. For more information, visit lortelaward.com.

CFA Alumni, Faculty triumph at the 2013 IRNE Awards

April 30th, 2013 in Alumni, CFA, Theatre

CFA Congratulates the following Alumni and CFA/CAS Faculty Members, who were awarded Independent Reviewer of New England (IRNE) Awards on Monday Evening

CFA Alumni

Best Lighting Design – LARGE COMPANY
Christopher Akerlind (SOT ’85): Marie Antoinette (American Repertory Theater)

Best Solo – SMALL COMPANY
Georgia Lyman (SOT ’99): Chesapeake (New Repertory Theatre)

Best Visiting Production – LARGE COMPANY
War Horse (Broadway Across America Boston)
– Stewart Lane (SOT ’73), Original Producer

CFA/CAS Faculty

Best New Play – LARGE COMPANY:
The Luck of the Irish (Huntington Theatre Company)
– Written by Kirsten Greenidge, CFA Lecturer, Playwriting & Theatre Arts

Best Lighting Design – SMALL COMPANY
John Cuff: The Fakus: A Noir (Centastage)
– CFA Lecturer, Vectorworks

Best Supporting Actress (Play) – SMALL COMPANY
Melinda Lopez: TheMotherf**ker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage Company)
– CAS Adjunct Assistant Professor, Creative Writing

Previously CFA Faculty and Alumni were nominated for Twelve IRNE Nominations.

Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that 2012 School of Theatre Alumnus, Steve Dee (BFA ’12 – Design) has been nominated by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) committee for Best Sound Design in its Small Theater Category for the Boston Center for American Performance production of Monster. The Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) is the professional extension of Boston University College of Fine Arts.

2013 SMALL THEATER NOMINATIONS
BEST SOUND DESIGN
STEVE DEE (BFA ’12 – DESIGN), MONSTER (BOSTON CENTER FOR AMERICAN PERFORMANCE.)

In addition, five other School of Theatre alums were also nominated for IRNE awards for 2012 productions at small and local theaters in the region, including:

2013 SMALL THEATER NOMINATIONS
BEST NEW PLAY
DANNY BRYCK (BFA ’09 – ACTING), NO ROOM FOR WISHING (COMPANY ONE)

BEST SOLO
DANNY BRYCK (BFA ’09 – ACTING), NO ROOM FOR WISHING (COMPANY ONE)
GEORGIA LYMAN (BFA ’09 – ACTING), CHESAPEAKE (NEW REPERTORY THEATRE)

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
PAUL MELONE (BFA ’00 – THEATRE STUDIES), BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
(SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY)

2013 LARGE THEATER NOMINATIONS

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND (BFA ’85 – LIGHT DESIGN), MARIE ANTOINETTE
(AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA)
KAREN MACDONALD (BFA ’72 – ACTING), GOOD PEOPLE
(HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY OF BOSTON)

Five School of Theatre faculty members also received IRNE nominations for 2012 productions at small and local theaters in the region including School of Theatre Lecturer, Kirsten Greenidge, whose acclaimed play, The Luck of the Irish, is currently running at Lincoln Center Theater. Nominations include:

2013 SMALL THEATER NOMINATIONS
BEST SET DESIGN
JON SAVAGE (DESIGN & PRODUCTION CO-PROGRAM HEAD), HOLIDAY MEMORIES
(NEW REPERTORY THEATRE)

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
JOHN CUFF (LECTURER – VECTORWORKS), THE FAKUS A NOIR (CENTASTAGE)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA)
MELINDA LOPEZ (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PLAYWRITING AT BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATRE),
THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT (SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY)

2013 LARGE THEATER NOMINATIONS

BEST NEW PLAY
KIRSTEN GREENIDGE (LECTURER – PLAYWRITING AND THEATRE ARTS), THE LUCK OF THE IRISH
(HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY OF BOSTON)

BEST SET DESIGN
JAMES NOONE (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SCENIC DESIGN), THE LUCK OF THE IRISH
(HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY OF BOSTON)

BEST PLAY
KIRSTEN GREENIDGE (LECTURER – PLAYWRITING AND THEATRE ARTS), THE LUCK OF THE IRISH
(HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY OF BOSTON)

CFA congratulates School of Theatre Director Jim Petosa for his role as Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre, boasting four IRNE-nominated productions this season, as well as School of Theatre faculty member and alum Elaine Vaan Hogue (MFA ‘97 – Directing), for her role directing The Kite Runner at New Repertory Theater.

We also recognize former faculty member and BU alum, Steven Barkhimer (GRS ’08), for his role in Lumberjacks in Love at Stoneham Theatre, nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Music Director, as well as Matthew Stern, who served as Music Director for CFA’s productions of Assassins and Merrily We Roll Along, for the musical direction of Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production of Ragtime.

Lastly, CFA recognizes five core Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI) partners that received 2013 IRNE Award Nominations including Huntington Theatre Company, CFA’s professional theatre company in residence, boasting more nominations than any other small or larger theater company in the region. Nominations include:

BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATER
THE COMPANY WE KEEP, DEPORTED / A DREAM PLAY
COMPANY ONE
BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, GREEN EYES
(THE KINDNESS), LOVE PERSON, NO ROOM FOR WISHING

HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
BLACK BOTTOM, GOOD PEOPLE, THE LUCK OF THE IRISH, NOW OR LATER, OUR TOWN, PRIVATE LIVES

NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
CHESAPEAKE, HOLIDAY MEMORIES, THE KITE RUNNER

SPEAKEASY STAGE COMPANY
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT

The Boston University Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI) provides opportunities for stimulating, creative interactions between partnering companies and the School of Theatre at Boston University College Fine Arts.

“The BU School of Theatre is delighted to congratulate all of the members of our community who have been cited for excellence by the IRNE voters,” said James Petosa, director of the School of Theatre at Boston University College of Fine Arts. “Whether through our own professional extension, the Boston Center for American Performance, or through the excellence cited in our BU Professional Theatre Initiative network (Huntington Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, etc.), we are proud of the breadth of recognition that has been received.”

The IRNE Awards will be presented on Monday, April 29, at 7pm, at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama. The Independent Reviewers of New England Committee includes Jules Becker, Sheila Barth, Kay Bourne, Shani Brown, Beverly Creasey, Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Shirley Esthimer, Rich Fahey, Tom Garvey, Guy Giampapa, Norm Gross, Nancy Grossman, Bryce Lambert, Beatrice Lee, Kilian Malloy, and Larry Stark. For more information, please visit IRNEAwards.com.

CFA Alum Strikes Deep Chord with First Four Notes (Excerpt)

April 29th, 2013 in Alumni, CFA, CFA Newsmakers, Music

Book looks at world through Beethoven’s Fifth

In the two centuries since Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his Fifth Symphony, the piece’s iconic opening has etched itself into the human imagination. Those first four notes have become a kind of Rorschach test for a never-ending parade of musicologists, historians, and biographers speculating on Beethoven’s intentions.

In his book The First Four Notes: Beethoven’s Fifth and the Human Imagination (Knopf, 2012), Matthew Guerrieri takes readers on a wild, whimsical 277-page ride as he ponders the famous notes by pulling in far-flung references, from Steve McQueen to Napoleon Bonaparte to A Clockwork Orange to Unitarians. Although he plunges deep into the social, political, and musical world of the Romantic period, Guerrieri (CFA’97) doesn’t shy away from contemporary pop culture. Somehow, it works.

The book has earned widespread critical acclaim and landed Guerrieri, the Boston Globe’s classical music critic, an appearance on the The Colbert Report. In Leon Botstein’s Wall Street Journal review, he writes: “With a quick mind and wit, he traverses two centuries of musical culture, literature, and politics with uncommon authority.” Publisher’s Weekly notes that Guerrieri “clothes his erudition in lucid, breezy prose…the result is a fresh, stimulating interpretation that shows how provocative the familiar classic can be.”

BU Today spoke with Guerrieri recently about the power of those four notes, the enduring mystique of the Fifth, and why no words written on the subject will be the last.

BU Today: An NPR piece on your book refers to the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as “the most well-known notes in classical music.” Do you agree?
Guerrieri: I do. What makes them so particular is they’re probably the four notes of classical music that most people who aren’t even part of classical music would know. They have some sense of who Beethoven was and why the piece is famous. The piece has acquired a fame that’s transcended even the experience of the piece itself in a way.

You write a lot about how the symphony begins “literally, with silence,” an eighth rest that translates into a beat given by conductors. But when Beethoven wrote the symphony, there were no conductors. What was he up to?
There were no conductors, but somebody would have gotten it started, usually the concertmaster. The rest is there almost for housekeeping. It’s there because you have to fill out the bar. Beethoven could have started it as just a three-note pickup. But he decided to put the rest in for whatever reason, and probably didn’t think nearly as hard about it as I did. There’s this thing that happens right before the notes that’s in the score, that you don’t actually hear, just a sort of a little intellectual takeoff. It was too much fun to resist. But it is there to indicate this downbeat. And there’s this tradition with Beethoven’s Fifth that you’re supposed to get it started giving one beat, which happens to follow exactly where that rest is, so even the rest has become more important probably than Beethoven intended.
Interview by Susan Seligson. More on Bu Today

Boston University College of Fine Arts Community Finds Healing through Art

April 23rd, 2013 in Alumni, CFA, CFA Newsmakers, Music, Opera, Theatre, Visual Arts

Above: In the wake of the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon, College of Fine Arts Dean Benjamín Juárez talks about the duty of the arts community at Boston University to create “pockets of hope” in this difficult time.

Schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts students demonstrate resilience in responding to tragic violence of Boston Marathon, new artistic outreach program aides in Boston Medical Center patients’ recovery

Boston, MA – In response to the tragic violence of the Boston Marathon and the succeeding events the devastating week brought forth, students at Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) are joining together to help those injured, and to help one another.

Among those lost that day was LU Lingzi (GRS ’14), a BU graduate student. Though pursuing a statistics degree, LU also studied piano at CFA because music brought her joy. Music was part of her identity, just as LU was part of ours.

With three lives lost, hundreds injured, and thousands stunned, students at CFA’s Schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts have demonstrated resilience. Through the Arts Outreach Initiative, an unprecedented partnership between the Boston University Medical Campus and CFA to build productive relationships between artistic creativity and health care practices, students are stepping forth to use their individual crafts to help the 23 victims being treated at Boston Medical Center, BU’s affiliated academic hospital.

“Since last October, the Arts Outreach Initiative, has been articulating an ongoing artistic presence in the Medical Campus, with special emphasis at Boston Medical Center,” says Moisès Fernández Via, Project Curator & Researcher for the Arts Outreach Initiative. “At this very moment, BMC is providing care to patients injured at the Boston Marathon. Surgical and Trauma units are dealing with exceptional levels of stress and anxiety. Nurses and staff are working under an exceptionally overloaded emotional context.”

In the face of the extraordinary circumstances of that tragic week, the next generation of artists shares a message of hope, resilience, and collaboration. “For the Arts Outreach Initiative, this exceptional moment demands an exceptional response — understanding that not only medical care is required at this point, but stress relief, consolation, and empathy,” continued Fernández Via.

Almost immediately, students from the School of Visual Arts launched Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston, an open call for art to celebrate strength and raise money. And, in a remarkable spirit of community, both casts of the Opera Institute’s production of La Clemenza di Tito, shared their final performance with one cast performing Act 1, and the alternate cast performing Act 2. Music and Theatre students are also responding to the devastation, performing for patients injured at the Marathon, and staff at BU Medical Campus, as part of the new outreach initiative, are focusing on artistic intervention.

“We’ve heard it said that the arts community comes together during times of tragedy,” says Benjamín Juárez, Dean of Boston University College of Fine Arts. “In the days immediately following the Boston Marathon, I witnessed this first-hand.”

Educating the Citizen Artist is central to CFA’s mission. Since September, CFA has celebrated this with initiatives and programming. Commencing CFA’s Keyword Initiative’s second year, much of the College’s programming, discussions, and collaborations have revolved around the annual theme, or keyword, of resilience — the buoyancy of the human spirit in times of war, tragedy, hardship, suffering, and oppression. The Keyword Initiative is a project funded by Nancy Livingston (COM ’69) and her husband, Fred Levin, through the Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson.

“None of us could have predicted the relevance of CFA’s KEYWORD: ‘Resilience’ before the tragic events of April 15th,” continues Dean Juárez. “Wounded, the city of Boston mourned, and did what this great city, the birthplace of America, has done before: it grew stronger, more resilient, and I am so proud to say that our CFA community did the same.”

As CFA’s community of Citizen Artists continue to demonstrate the power of art in the healing process, please visit bu.edu/cfa for ongoing updates and more information.

Boston University College of Fine Arts Alumnus Nominated for IRNE Award for BCAP’s Production of Monster

March 25th, 2013 in Alumni, CFA, Theatre

CFA Faculty and Alumni Receive Twelve IRNE Nominations, Core PTI Partners Recognized by Prestigious Critic Committee

Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that 2012 School of Theatre Alumnus, Steve Dee (BFA ’12 – Design) has been nominated by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) committee for Best Sound Design in its Small Theater Category for the Boston Center for American Performance production of Monster. The Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) is the professional extension of Boston University College of Fine Arts.

2013 Small Theater Nominations

Best Sound Design
Steve Dee (BFA ’12 – Design), Monster (Boston Center for American Performance.)

In addition, five other School of Theatre alums were also nominated for IRNE awards for 2012 productions at small and local theaters in the region, including:

2013 Small Theater Nominations

Best New Play
Danny Bryck (BFA ’09 – Acting), No Room for Wishing (Company One)

Best Solo
Danny Bryck (BFA ’09 – Acting), No Room for Wishing (Company One)
Georgia Lyman (BFA ’09 – Acting), Chesapeake (New Repertory Theatre)

Best Director of a Musical
Paul Melone (BFA ’00 – Theatre Studies), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
(SpeakEasy Stage Company)

2013 Large Theater Nominations

Best Lighting Design
Christopher Akerlind (BFA ’85 – Light Design), Marie Antoinette
(American Repertory Theater)

Best Supporting Actress (Drama)
Karen MacDonald (BFA ’72 – Acting), Good People
(Huntington Theatre Company of Boston)

Five School of Theatre faculty members also received IRNE nominations for 2012 productions at small and local theaters in the region including School of Theatre Lecturer, Kirsten Greenidge, whose acclaimed play, The Luck of the Irish, is currently running at Lincoln Center Theater. Nominations include:

2013 Small Theater Nominations

Best Set Design
Jon Savage (Design & Production Co-Program Head), Holiday Memories
(New Repertory Theatre)

Best Lighting Design
John Cuff (Lecturer – Vectorworks), The Fakus A Noir (Centastage)

Best Supporting Actress (Drama)
Melinda Lopez (Assistant Professor of Playwriting at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre),
The Motherf**ker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage Company)

2013 Large Theater Nominations

Best New Play
Kirsten Greenidge (Lecturer – Playwriting and Theatre Arts), The Luck of the Irish
(Huntington Theatre Company of Boston)

Best Set Design
James Noone (Assistant Professor of Scenic Design), The Luck of the Irish
(Huntington Theatre Company of Boston)

Best Play
Kirsten Greenidge (Lecturer – Playwriting and Theatre Arts), The Luck of the Irish
(Huntington Theatre Company of Boston)

CFA congratulates School of Theatre Director Jim Petosa for his role as Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre, boasting four IRNE-nominated productions this season, as well as School of Theatre faculty member and alum Elaine Vaan Hogue (MFA ‘97 – Directing), for her role directing The Kite Runner at New Repertory Theater.

We also recognize former faculty member and BU alum, Steven Barkhimer (GRS ’08), for his role in Lumberjacks in Love at Stoneham Theatre, nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Music Director, as well as Matthew Stern, who served as Music Director for CFA’s productions of Assassins and Merrily We Roll Along, for the musical direction of Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production of Ragtime.

Lastly, CFA recognizes five core Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI) partners that received 2013 IRNE Award Nominations including Huntington Theatre Company, CFA’s professional theatre company in residence, boasting more nominations than any other small or larger theater company in the region. Nominations include:

Boston Playwrights’ Theater
The Company We Keep, Deported / A Dream Play

Company One
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Green Eyes
(The Kindness), Love Person, No Room for Wishing

Huntington Theatre Company
Black Bottom, Good People, The Luck of the Irish, Now or Later, Our Town, Private Lives

New Repertory Theatre
Chesapeake, Holiday Memories, The Kite Runner

SpeakEasy Stage Company
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

The Boston University Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI) provides opportunities for stimulating, creative interactions between partnering companies and the School of Theatre at Boston University College Fine Arts.

“The BU School of Theatre is delighted to congratulate all of the members of our community who have been cited for excellence by the IRNE voters,” said James Petosa, director of the School of Theatre at Boston University College of Fine Arts. “Whether through our own professional extension, the Boston Center for American Performance, or through the excellence cited in our BU Professional Theatre Initiative network (Huntington Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, etc.), we are proud of the breadth of recognition that has been received.”

The IRNE Awards will be presented on Monday, April 29, at 7pm, at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama. The Independent Reviewers of New England Committee includes Jules Becker, Sheila Barth, Kay Bourne, Shani Brown, Beverly Creasey, Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Shirley Esthimer, Rich Fahey, Tom Garvey, Guy Giampapa, Norm Gross, Nancy Grossman, Bryce Lambert, Beatrice Lee, Kilian Malloy, and Larry Stark. For more information, please visit IRNEAwards.com.

The College of Fine Arts celebrates our 2013 Commonwealth Award-winning alumni

February 27th, 2013 in Alumni, CFA, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts

(From Left)  Stephen Mindich ('65, '67), Olympia Dukakis ('53, '70), Carly Carioli (COM '94)

(From Left) Stephen Mindich ('65, '67), Olympia Dukakis ('53, '70), Carly Carioli (COM '94)


Boston, MA – Boston University alumni have been named as 2013 Commonwealth Award recipients including Olympia Dukakis (SAR ’53, CFA ’70), Neil and Jane Pappalardo (CFA ’65), and Stephen (CFA ’65). Awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the 2013 Commonwealth Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 1–4pm, at the Massachusetts State House, Boston.

Given every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the cultural organizations, artists, leaders, and philanthropists who make Massachusetts a better place through their creativity and commitment.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council recognizes Olympia Dukakis (CFA ’63) for Achievement. The Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, teacher, activist, and author of the best-selling book, Ask Me Again Tomorrow, will receive the 2013 Commonwealth Award for her creative achievements that have uniquely enriched life in Massachusetts, in particular, Olympia Dukakis’ role as a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the Charles Playhouse.

Long-time philanthropists Neil and Jane Pappalardo (CFA ’65) will receive the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Cultural Philanthropy. The Pappalardos have provided major gifts to the Boston Society, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Huntington Theatre Company, WGBH, and the Museum of Science, among others. Additionally, Jane Pappalardo is a member of the MIT Council of the Arts, and Neil Pappalardo is Chairman and CEO of Medical Information Technology Inc. (Meditech), which has a long history of supporting local artists, in part through the company’s highly regarded Art Liaison program.

Lastly, Stephen Mindich (CFA ’65) on behalf of The Boston Phoenix, will accept the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Media as an outlet that has demonstrated outstanding support of the cultural community in Massachusetts by telling its stories. For more than four decades, covering the arts has been the heart and soul of The Phoenix. Advocating for taxpayer support for the arts, and demonstrating its sense of social responsibility, The Phoenix stepped forward last year to sponsor the Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Anonymous Boston”, a collaborative, community-based gallery exhibit that took a tough look at the media’s role in cycles of urban crime, and the effects of violence on victim’s families, and therefore proving that as The Phoenix takes on new formats and mediums, the values endure.

About the Commonwealth Awards
Given every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions that the arts, humanities, and sciences make to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state. The Awards ceremony is also a chance for the Massachusetts nonprofit cultural sector to come together, assert its value, and make the case for public investment in its work.

Boston University College of Fine Arts Welcomes Back Actor and Comedian Baron Vaughn

February 27th, 2013 in Alumni, CFA, Theatre

Leo Prince of USA’s “Fairly Legal” and School of Theatre Alum Back in Boston for Taping of THE HALF HOUR| Comedy Central special ‘The Black List’ — February 27th

Who: Baron Vaughn (CFA’03)
Actor. Comedian. Writer.

Paolo Difabio, Assistant Director, School of Theatre

When: Wednesday, February 27, 9pm

What: Actor and Comedian Baron Vaughn will be in Boston for the live taping of
THE HALF HOUR | Comedy Central special “The Black List.”

A rising star in Comedy, Baron Vaughn plays Leonardo Prince, or “Leo” on USA’s Fairly Legal, and has performed stand-up on Conan O’Brien and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, among others. For more information on Baron Vaughn, visit BaronVaughn.com.

Part of Comedy Central Boston Invasion 2.0, taping of the Second Season of THE HALF HOUR will take place Tuesday, February 26th – Friday, March 1st.

In addition, School of Theatre Assistant Director Paolo DiFabio will host Baron for the intimate Inside the School of Theatre Studio — an evening of memories, reflections, and questions — on Thursday, February 28th at 6pm in the TheatreLab@855.

Where: Royale Nightclub (279 Tremont Street, Boston)

Tickets: Free and Open to the Public. Visit TheBlackListNYC.com/CCBoston.
(Must be 21 years or older to attend shows. Must live in the Boston area.)

Inside Baron Vaughn (Feb-2013)

Boston University Alumni to Receive 2013 Commonwealth Award

February 7th, 2013 in Alumni, CFA

Brooke MacKinnon |brookelm@bu.edu
Laurel Homer |lhomer@bu.edu

Boston University Alumni to Receive 2013 Commonwealth Award
Massachusetts Cultural Council ceremony to recognize Olympia Dukakis and others

Boston, MA – Boston University alumni have been named as 2013 Commonwealth Award recipients including Olympia Dukakis (SAR ’53, CFA ’70), Neil and Jane Pappalardo (CFA ’65), and Stephen (CFA ’65). Awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the 2013 Commonwealth Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 1–4pm, at the Massachusetts State House, Boston.

Given every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the cultural organizations, artists, leaders, and philanthropists who make Massachusetts a better place through their creativity and commitment.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council recognizes Olympia Dukakis (CFA ’63) for Achievement. The Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, teacher, activist, and author of the best-selling book, Ask Me Again Tomorrow, will receive the 2013 Commonwealth Award for her creative achievements that have uniquely enriched life in Massachusetts, in particular, Olympia Dukakis’ role as a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the Charles Playhouse.

Long-time philanthropists Neil and Jane Pappalardo (CFA ’65) will receive the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Cultural Philanthropy. The Pappalardos have provided major gifts to the Boston Society, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Huntington Theatre Company, WGBH, and the Museum of Science, among others. Additionally, Jane Pappalardo is a member of the MIT Council of the Arts, and Neil Pappalardo is Chairman and CEO of Medical Information Technology Inc. (Meditech), which has a long history of supporting local artists, in part through the company’s highly regarded Art Liaison program.

Lastly, Stephen Mindich (CFA ’65) on behalf of The Boston Phoenix, will accept the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Media as an outlet that has demonstrated outstanding support of the cultural community in Massachusetts by telling its stories. For more than four decades, covering the arts has been the heart and soul of The Phoenix. Advocating for taxpayer support for the arts, and demonstrating its sense of social responsibility, The Phoenix stepped forward last year to sponsor the Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Anonymous Boston”, a collaborative, community-based gallery exhibit that took a tough look at the media’s role in cycles of urban crime, and the effects of violence on victim’s families, and therefore proving that as The Phoenix takes on new formats and mediums, the values endure.

About the Commonwealth Awards
Given every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions that the arts, humanities, and sciences make to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state. The Awards ceremony is also a chance for the Massachusetts nonprofit cultural sector to come together, assert its value, and make the case for public investment in its work.

Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures 808 Gallery show kicks off collaborative project (BU Today)

January 31st, 2013 in Alumni, CFA, CFA Newsmakers, Visual Arts

By Erin Thibeau (CAS’13)
How do we go about creating a sustainable future? That question is at the center of a new project titled Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures, a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts and sustainability@bu. Taking place throughout the semester, the project features an art exhibition, speakers, and weekly forums that include collaborative art projects, film screenings, musical performances, and poetry readings.

Two years in the making, the cross-disciplinary project was the brainchild of Dennis Carlberg, BU’s director of sustainability, and Dana Clancy, a CFA assistant professor of visual arts, who wanted to explore the creative ways that artists, scholars, and members of the BU community might build a sustainable future.

CFA Dean Benjamin Juárez says that the project dovetails perfectly with this year’s Keyword Initiative, which focuses on the theme of resilience. “This exhibition is about discussion and growth,” says Juárez. “With a children’s program, interactive workshops, and stimulating lectures, this is a participatory exhibit that speaks to all ages with the hope that exploration will lead to tangible action. The hope is to open up dialogue across campus about the environment in the context of art.”

Kicking off the Alternative Visions/Sustainable Futures project is a provocative exhibition at the 808 Gallery titled System: ECOnomies. Curated by Clancy and Lynne Cooney (GRS’08,’15), CFA, School of Visual Arts exhibitions director, the show highlights work by individual artists and collaborators who have created proposed models for sustainable living.
Read more on BU Today

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