Mary Ellen Doyle, Luoyongwang, and Lan Shui to Receive Boston University School for the Arts Alumni Awards

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
April 3rd, 2000

Contact: Judith Sandler, 617-353-8783 | jusandle@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — On Saturday, April 15, BostonUniversity School for the Arts will present Alumni Awardsto conductor Lan Shui (’90), actor Luoyong Wang (’89),and visual artist Mary Ellen Doyle (’62), as part of the2000 Alumni Day activities. The Awards recognizeexcellence in the three divisions of the School for theArts: Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts.

Alumni Day events include question and answer sessionsand master classes, along with an alumni reception andDean’s dinner. The Alumni Award ceremony and luncheonwill be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, in BostonUniversity’s Fuller Building, 808 CommonwealthAvenue.

Soon after his professional conducting debut with theCentral Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing in 1985, LanShui was appointed conductor of the orchestra. He leftthe Peoples’ Republic of China for the United States topursue his education, graduating from the School for theArts in 1990. He was appointed conducting affiliate withthe Baltimore Symphony in 1992 and associate conductor ofthe Detroit Symphony from 1994 to 1997. Shui has beenMusic Director of the Singapore Symphony since January1997.

Other orchestras Shui has conducted include the LosAngeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, MinnesotaOrchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic,Iceland Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, China Nationaland Shanghai symphonies, Hong Kong Philharmonic, TaipeiSymphony, and Melbourne Symphony. He has also conductedat the music festivals at Tanglewood, Round Top, andAspen.

Shui’s awards include the Beijing Arts Festival, NewYork Tcherepnin Society, and the 37th BesançonConductors Competition in France.

Actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer Luoyong Wanghas played the physically challenging role of theEngineer in the long-running Broadway musical Miss Saigonsince 1995. Wang began his rigorous training at the ageof eleven studying acting and singing at the Hubei ShiYan Beijing Opera School. Following the CulturalRevolution, he earned a B.A. in acting and taught at theShanghai Drama Institute.

Wang came to the United States in 1987 and earned hisM.F.A. at the School for the Arts in 1989. Soon aftergraduation he toured with M. Butterfly and began teachingat the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. First cast asthe Engineer for the first national tour of Miss Saigonin 1992, he was invited back in 1995, this time to playthe lead male role on Broadway.

Wang’s other theatre credits include the HuntingtonTheatre Company, Wheelock Theatre, Berkeley Repertory,Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Seattle Repertory, New YorkFour Sea Players, and Center Theatre Group. He has alsotaught theatre, choreographed productions in the UnitedStates and China, and choreographed and acted infilms.

In China, Wang won the Shanghai New Drama Award forBest Actor for his work in Personal. His film andtelevision credits include Daylight, The Piano Teacher,Dragon (The Life of Bruce Lee), Vanishing Son, Lin Zexu,The Story of Liaozai, and From the New World.

Mary Ellen Doyle studied at Vassar and the RuskinSchool of Fine Arts in Oxford, England, before attendingat the School for the Arts (then the School for Fine andApplied Arts), where she received her B.F.A., andpursuing graduate studies at Pratt Graphic Arts Center,Columbia University, and New York University.

Though Doyle takes her inspiration from such artistsas Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse, she takes manyof her images from the area around her Bridgehamptonhome–the skies, beaches, and farmland of the east end ofLong Island. Though realistic, her paintings border onthe abstract.

Doyle has taught at Barnard College, the Museum ofModern Art and the New School for Social Research. Herwork is included in permanent collections of the PhillipsCollection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts,Wadsworth Atheneum, Vassar College Art Gallery, SmithCollege Museum of Art, and many corporate and privatecollections.

Her most recent awards include the 1994 NationalAcademy of Design, Adolph and Clara Obrig Prize, the 1990Guild Hall Prize, and 1988 National Academy of Design,Walter Biggs Memorial Award.

Other award recipients at the Alumni Award ceremony onApril 15 includes Professor Roman Totenberg of the MusicDivision, who receives the Distinguished Faculty Award,and member of the SFA Advisory Board Anne-MarieSoullière, who will be given the award forDistinguished Service to the School for the Arts.

The School for the Arts is located at 855 CommonwealthAvenue, Boston. For further information on the AlumniWeekend, contact Alumni Officer Karla Cinquanta at617/353-5544 or kcinquant@bu.edu.

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