Faculty News

Professor and students take on King Lear at Northern Stage

Associate Professor and Director of Theater Jamie Horton is taking on the role of an actor's lifetime at the White River Junction professional theater Northern Stage this month in the title role of their production of King Lear, which runs through February 9. A veteran actor with scores of credits to his name including over 85 roles with the Tony Award-winning Denver Center for the Arts, Jamie has been studying and preparing for the role of King Lear for over a year. His journey was chronicled by Noorden Productions and is being assembled into a podcast; it is available via YouTube HERE. Jamie was recently featured in the Valley News; that article is available HERE

Professor Ndounou Directs "Pass Over" at SpeakEasy Stage Company

Department of Theater Professor Monica White Ndounou is directing SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of Pass OverPass Over runs from now until February 2, and tickets are availble here

Moses and Kitch chat their way through yet another aimless day on their local street corner in this groundbreaking mash-up of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga. Crafting everyday profanity into poetic and humorous riffs, the friends share their dreams of deliverance, until an ominous stranger changes their world forever. Potent, daring, and breathtakingly theatrical, Pass Over unflinchingly exposes the reality of young black men just looking for a way out.

Check out this featurette and this interview with Professor Ndounou to learn more. 

Spotlight on THEA 10.55: Curating a National Black Theater Museum

In Spring 2019, Associate Professor of Theater Dr. Monica White Ndounou offered a new course: Curating a National Black Theater Museum, focusing on black theater history and legacy. For Stephanie Everett '19, the class was "about reconciling what kinds of black art we have lost and what we have kept, what has made it into mainstream museums, what has made it to Broadway, and how we can positively impact and educate others about everything that is out there."

A New York City Hit for Dartmouth Faculty and Alums

Northern Stage's production Only Yesterday is curently enjoying rave reviews and a sold-out off-Broadway run in New York City! Directed by Professor Carol Dunne, the production features the work of a number of Dartmouth collaborators, including lighting and projection design by Theater Department Chair Dan Kotlowitz and set design by Associate Professor Michael Ganio. Multiple Dartmouth alumna are also working on the production, including Virginia Ogden '18, Assistant Director; Jackie Pageau '18, Assistant Producer; and Robert Cueva '17, Assistant Lighting Designer. 

An intimate look at the friendship between two brilliant young men in the days before they became rock n' roll legends, Only Yesterday follows John Lennon and Paul McCartney through the events of a single night spent stranded by bad weather in a cheap Key West motel room. The play was recently selected as a New York Times Critic's Pick.

In the News: Monica White Ndounou

Hollywood still has a diversity problem

By Monica White Ndounou, opinion contributor — 07/31/19 11:02 AM  (The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill)

Article published on The Hill.com

With the recent announcement of the Emmy nominations, it’s clear that Hollywood still hasn’t fixed its diversity problem. It’s disappointing, but not surprising to find that this year’s nominees include only 24 acting nominations for people of color, a significant decrease from the record 38 nominations last year. While there was several notable nods for Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson and Phylicia Rashad, actors of color were still shut out of numerous categories, including lead actress in a Comedy.

John Heginbotham featured in the New York Times

A Dark ‘Oklahoma!’ Brings Barefoot Modern Dance to Broadway

By Gia Kourlas , New York Times - April 16, 2019.

How long has it been since a dance changed the temperature of a Broadway show?

In Daniel Fish’s unnerving production of “Oklahoma!,” the second act opens with a rumble of electric guitar. Its brooding, sexy sound fills the space until a familiar melody takes over: “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin.’”

But is it really a beautiful day? By this point, a fog machine has created enough haze to sink a ship.

Upcoming Panel Discussion: Curating Black Experiences

From Classics to New Works:
Curating Black Experiences in Museums, Theatres, and New Territories

Thursday, May 9
Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art

What are the limitations and possibilities of curating a season of black theatre, curating a story of black experiences, curating a course or a museum exhibit on black culture, etc.? What resources do black artists bring to the table in spite of the white supremacist power structures with which we have to contend? With Jarvis Green, Producing Artistic Director and Founder of JAG Productions, Vermont’s first black theatre production company; Miranda Haymon, Princess Grace Award/Honoraria-winning writer, director and deviser of performance; and Monica White Noudounou, Associate Professor of Theatre and Convener of the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit.
This conversation is sponsored by the Hood Museum of Art, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, DCAL, The Department of Theater, The CRAFT Institute, and the Dartmouth Society of Fellows.