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In the News: Monica White Ndounou

Hollywood still has a diverstiy 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
5:00-6:30pm
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.

"Finding Wakanda Within", American Theatre Magazine

Feature | March 2019 | The State of Black Theatre February 26, 2019

Finding Wakanda Within

Last fall’s International Black Theatre Summit looked for ways to capitalize on Black cultural success.

By Monica White Ndounou

History repeated itself, and the possibilities for the future were revealed, as we organized the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit, “Breaking New Ground Where We Stand,” which took place at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., last Sept. 26-29. That this 20th anniversary of the 1998 National Black Theatre Summit, “On Golden Pond,” came in the wake of the stellar box-office performance of the film Black Panther felt like timing that was beyond serendipitous.

Theater Faculty Take Center Stage in New York City

The Department of Theater faculty is in the New York theater spotlight this month!

Following its successful world premiere, Northern Stage's 2017 production of Trick or Treat opened last week at 59E59, an off-Broadway theater dedicated to the production of innovative and invigorating new work created by emerging and established not-for-profit theatres. A professional regional theater led by Artistic Director Professor Carol Dunne, Northern Stage maintains a close partnership with the Department of Theater, including hosting Dartmouth theater students for experiential learning terms and regularly featuring them in their productions. Trick or Treat, which recently received a stellar review from Broadway World, was directed by Carol and features a set design by Professor Michael Ganio.

Professor featured in American Theatre Magazine

Associate Professor of Theater Monica White Ndounou was recently featured in American Theatre Magazine, the industry's pre-eminent publication, in an interview with Dr. Nicole Hodges Persely of the University of Kansas that focused on the 2018 International Black Theatre Summit.

Convened by Dr. Ndounou at Dartmouth College in September 2018, the International Black Theatre Summit brought together Black theatre artists, producers, and other visionaries in commemoration of August Wilson's legendary 1996 speech "The Ground on Which I Stand" and a subsequent event which he held at Dartmouth in 1998. Following up on September's event, Dr. Ndounou spoke with Dr. Persely Nicole Hodges Persley in American Theatre Magazine about the summit, its inspiration, and ways forward for Black theatre throughout the African diaspora. Read the article HERE!

John Heginbotham honored with a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship

The Department of Theater is delighted to share the news that our colleague and friend Professor John Heginbotham has been named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of Choreography.

Since 1925, the The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has offered Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of past achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year, and roughly 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Spotlight on Cabaret: Designers, Cast, and More

The Department's Fall 2017 MainStage production of Cabaret is here! The rehearsal process is at an end, the design components have come togethe, and the audience members are headed to their seats. The production has been in the spotlight throughout the fall with a myriad of articles and features highlighting different aspects of the creative process and various members of the cast.

Professor to lead New Initiative for Women in Theater

Dartmouth Lecturer and Northern Stage Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne has recently been tapped to lead an unprecedented new program to support women artistic directors in professional theaters across the United States. Privately funded by the Pussycat Foundation, the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle will provide $1.25 million in grants in support for Northern Stage and four other theaters run by women artistic directors during the 2018-2019 season.

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