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"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.

New York Theatre Workshop Honors the Department of Theater

On Monday, May 15th, 2017 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, the New York Theatre Workshop honored its 25-year partnership with Dartmouth's Department of Theater at its annual spring gala. The ceremony was co-hosted by Rachel Dratch ’88 and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Numerous faculty, alumni and current Department of Theater students were in attendance. Current students and alumni performed in the celebration and contributed to this spectacular evening along with stars of the Broadway theater community such as Brandon Victor Dixon, Patti Lupone, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Alice Ripley and Ben Platt.

Please read more about this exciting celebration:





Our Dystopian Moment: 2017 and the Politics of URINETOWN

The Theater Department invites you to join them for a free event on Tuesday:

Our Dystopian Moment: 2017 and the Politics of Urinetown (Panel Discussion)

Tuesday, February 21, 4:30pm in the Moore Theater, Hopkins Center

Dystopian stories are often meant to warn us of certain dangers looming on the horizon. Through its depiction of a post-apocalyptic world in which a corporation controls water consumption, Urinetown conveys a clear warning of state corruption and climate change.  But what purpose might dystopian narratives serve in our post-election moment, when the warnings have perhaps come too late? Might we find hope in theater?  Please join director Jamie Horton, Professor Steve Swayne from the Department of Music, and theatre scholar Daniel Sack from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for a discussion on how the dystopian vision of Urinetown resonates for audiences today.  Professor Laura Edmondson, Chair of the Department of Theater, will moderate the discussion.

Congratulations to ORWELL IN AMERICA!

ORWELL IN AMERICA has opened to rave reviews in its Off-Broadway run at 59E59th Street Theater in New York City. The Department of Theater celebrates the extraordinary work of our faculty: director Peter Hackett, playwright Joe Sutton, and lead actor Jamie Horton. We also celebrate the work of our E-Term students who have been an integral part of the production's journey to New York City.

New York Times critic Ken Jaworowski writes, "Mr. Horton delivers perhaps the finest performance I’ve seen Off Broadway this year." Carlotta Morrison of Broadway World describes the production in glowing terms, noting that "Sutton has created a keen imagining of what may have occurred if Orwell had actually visited the United States on a book tour . . . This theatrical jewel entertains and captivates its audience.”  The New Yorker also gives high praise: "If Jamie Horton’s portrayal of Orwell—impatient, impassioned, impish, inappropriate—isn’t what he was really like, it sure is convincing, and he brings the writer’s ideas alive by sheer power of his imagined personality."

Congratulations to all of our faculty and students who are a part of this outstanding production!