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Faculty News - Spring 2015

In Spring 2015, Sheriden Thomas, Senior Lecturer, had the lead role in Moonbox Productions performance of "Kimberly Akimbo", which ran at the Boston Center for the Arts. Sheriden played Kimberly Levaco, a 16-year-old New Jersey teen with a genetic disorder that caused her to age four times faster than normal. Cheers to Sheriden for her work in this challenging role!

Linda Ross Girard, Lecturer and Costume Designer, designed the costumes for "Alphabetical Order" at Marblehead Little Theater in Spring 2015. The award-winning comedy was presented by the Mugford Street Players.

Assistant Professor Noe Montez, directed Beckett's Footfalls at the Fifth Floor Collaborative's Born Mad event on March 10. FFC calls Noe "a unique and vital presence in the Greater Boston contemporary theater scene. Montez's scholarship and directorial work focuses on politically-charged, abstract pieces questioning and exploring notions of identity and power". Read FFC's full interview with Noe here.

Congratulations to David Valdes Greenwood, who taught Playwriting in Drama and Dance in Fall 2014. His play Raggedy And was named a finalist for the American Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Playwriting Award. Full Code was chosen for production in 2016 by Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and The Mermaid Hour was presented as a staged reading in November at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Bully Dance was just nominated for Best New Play for the 2015 Independent Reviewers of New England Theater Awards.

Dr. Gibson Cima, theatre scholar, Tufts University Lecturer, and author of "Resurrecting Sizwe Banzi is Dead (1972-2008)", participated in a panel discussion following the February 8th, 2015 performance of Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. McCarter "In Conversation" events feature discussions among artists, scholars, and other public figures that foster cross-disciplinary explorations of big questions and concepts in plays presented on the McCarter stage.
Excerpt from Gibson's conversation with the director, Dr. John Kani >

Bravo to Tufts' Brian Lilienthal who has been nominated for an IRNE Award (Independent Reviewers of New England) in the "Large Theatre Category" for his work on Oliver! at Trinity Rep in Providence last season.

Jennifer Burton, Professor of the Practice in Film Studies, has been awarded a Diversity Fund Grant for her latest film project, Half the History: Belinda Royall, about the woman enslaved in Medford who successfully sued for reparations from the Massachusetts Legislature in 1783. The cast and crew includes students from Burton's Advanced Film Production class, Five Sisters Productions, and members of the Tufts faculty, including Drama and Dance's Monica Ndounou, Khary Jones, and Sheriden Thomas. The main location is the Royall House and Slave Quarters, the estate where Belinda was enslaved, which is less than a mile from the Tufts campus.
Watch 2-minute intro film for 'Half the History' >

Congratulations to Associate Professor Monica White Ndounou on the Publication of her book, Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers.

Ted Simpson, Senior Lecturer and Head of Design, designed the set for "The Secret Garden" at Albany's Capital Theatre. The show opened with wonderful reviews from the Berkshire Eagle stating: "Set serves the play in 'The Secret Garden'".

Kudos to Brian Lilienthal, Lecturer, for "Awake and Sing!" at the Huntington Theatre, which featured his creative lighting designs.