Award-Winning Theatre Critic Gordon Rogoff and Celebrated Panelists to Discuss the Future of Theatre

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March 6th, 2006

Contact: Clementine Brown, 617-353-1309 | clemente@bu.edu
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(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is pleased to announce distinguished theatre critic Gordon Rogoff will be speaking on his work and career in the theatre world on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 6:00 pm. The event will take place in the Metcalf Hall of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue. A panel discussion will follow on the future of the theatre. The panelists include Michael Maso, the executive director of the Huntington Theatre, Robert Orchard, the executive director of American Repertory Theatre, as well as Boston University faculty and alumni actors from BU’s College of Fine Arts. A question and answer period with audience participation will follow. The event is open to the public, admission is free.

The event previews an exhibition profiling the distinguished career of Gordon Rogoff. The exhibition will be on view on the main floor of Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, during regular library hours until April 19th.

A theatre critic for The Village Voice, Rogoff was named winner of the 1985-1986 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Mr. Rogoff is the author of two books, Theatre Is Not Safe: Theatre Criticism 1962-1986 and Vanishing Acts: Theatre since the Sixties. A co-founder and editor of Encore Magazine (London) in the 1950s and Administrative Director of The Actors Studio, New York (1959-62), Gordon Rogoff was a dramaturg with The Open Theatre during the 1960s. He has directed plays Off-Broadway, Chicago, Williamstown, and Stockbridge. He is Professor Emeritus at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He served as Associate Dean of the Yale School of Drama (1966-69) and was appointed Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism in 1987.

Mr. Rogoff’s papers have recently been acquired by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, making a notable addition to the illustrious roster of the 2,000 important figures whose papers are collected at the library.

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