Category: Alumni

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.
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