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Faculty News - Spring 2016
The Department of Drama and Dance is proud to announce that Professor
Noe Montez was presented with this year's Arts & Sciences Faculty/Staff
Multicultural Service Award. This award recognizes the
contributions of members of the Arts and Sciences and Engineering faculty and
staff who have made significant efforts to define Tufts as a multicultural
environment in which race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, and sexual
orientation are not barriers to the full enjoyment of community membership.
recently designed the world premiere of
The Realness by
Idris Goodwin at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, which ran in Spring 2016.
Noe Montez moderated a public dialogues discussion at ArtsEmerson on May 10,
2016. According to ArtsEmerson,
"Some Other Race": Exploring the
Diversity within the Latino story explored how
Latinos are becoming a majority demographic in the US but yet still find
themselves boxed into "some other race" on the US Census. How are Latinos
updating our national narrative to be truly reflective of a changing America?
How does the diversity inside of the Latino experience, whether Cuban, or
Chicano, or South American, challenge and reflect the American cultural
narrative? How do artists and communities create stories inside the breadth that
is the Latino identity?
received a 2016 Best Actress Award from IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New
England) for her performance in Moonbox Production's
The awards were presented on
April 11, 2016. For more
information on the awards, visit the
In April 2016, Laurence Senelick participated in a Boston Lyric Opera Signature Series
Event at the Boston Athenaeum as part of a pre-performance talk for
The Merry Widow.
April 1, 2016 SpeakEasy Stage Company honored
Professor Monica White Ndounou participated in Shondaland: Television, Representation, and Color-Blind Casting in April 2016. Her discussion focused on race, casting, and representation in American entertainment.
also contributed to "Gods of Egypt": A
Deeply Problematic Film About the Ancient World an online article discussing
whitewashing, racism, and discrimination run rampant in the new mythological
film Gods of Egypt.
the article >
Cleveland International Film Festival 2016 screened
Kings, Queens and In-Betweens. This fantastic documentary about the drag scene in Columbus was produced by
Jennifer Burton and directed by her
sister Gabrielle Burton and their production company, Five Sisters Productions.
Read the review >
Associate Professor Noe Montez kicked off a new Café Onda series with this post detailing how he had students in his Latina/o Theatre and Film class at Tufts University create Wikipedia pages for Latina/o theatre artists. His article Pedagogy Notebook: Creating Visibility and Empowerment for Latina/o Artists through Wikiturgy was featured online at HowlRound. Great work, Noe!
Brian Lilienthal designed the lighting for I and You at New York's 59E59 Theater. The piece was both comic and moving and the audience gave a standing ovation at the end. And as always, Brian's design was dynamic and it meshed wonderfully with the other elements of the production.
DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! Tufts' own
choreographed a new project at the ICA (Institute of
Contemporary Art) in Boston on February 12 and 13, 2016. "An
exciting evening highlighting the diversity of dance in the
Boston region, DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! offers the
opportunity to compare four completely different contemporary
dance styles born from four distinct traditions. Participating
Daniel McCusker Dance Projects,
Appolon Expressions, and a duet by
Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly. Including a 15-minute
performance by each company, DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! will
conclude with a discussion among the four choreographers in
which they will discuss how different forms of dance informed
their own work."
Dance Senior Lecturer and Head of Dance
Performance Activities, Daniel McCusker, was rehearsal
director for the Boston Conservatory's celebration of Merce
Cunningham. Under the direction of Silas Riener, Boston
Conservatory students performed excerpts from early Cunningham
dances including Dime A Dance, Springweather and
People, Septet, Nocturnes, and Minutiae,
accompanied by pianist Stephen Drury. On December 11, 2015
a group of Tufts students will visit the performance, funded by
The Tufts Dance Program Innovation Fund. See
what The Boston Globe
had to say about the performance! The show runs through January 2016.
Tufts' Drama Senior Lecturer, Sheriden Thomas, performed in Moonbox Productions's Barefoot in the Park at the BCA Plaza Theater from November 20 - December 12. In this Neil Simon romantic comedy, Sheriden plays the role of Corie's mother, Ethel Banks. Congratulations, Sheriden on another excellent role! Check out Moonbox Productions performance page >
Kudos to Tufts' own Drama and Dance Lecturer, Khary Jones, for his work on He Named Me Malala, which opens in theaters nationwide on October 9th. The movie had a phenomenal NY Premiere with Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, in attendance. View the He Named Me Malala trailer >
Congratulations to our new dance lecturer, Cristina Rosa, on her book, Brazilian Bodies and their Choreographies of Identification. In it she discusses the geo-political significance of non-verbal discourses within colonial and post-colonial contexts in Brazil.
In the Spring of 2015, the Department collaborated with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to hire Kareem Khubchandani as a Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor. He will join the faculty in the Fall of 2016. His book project, Ishtyle: Labor, Intimcay, and Dance in Gay South Asian Nightlife, complements his other writings on transgender theatre, Bollywood film, performance as research, and drag.
Daniel McCusker is the Project Manager/Rehearsal Director for the Cunningham Project which will culminate in performances by students from the Boston Conservatory at the ICA in October, November, December and January. Performances will take place in the exhibition gallery, in the context of an exhibit devoted to Black Mountain College, curated by Helen Molesworth.
Assistant Professor Noe Montez was elected to the American Society for Theatre Research's Executive Committee and as Conference Planner for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Latina/o Focus Group.
Fletcher Professor of Oratory and Director of Graduate Studies, Laurence Senelick, was visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at the Ludwig-Maxmilian University, Munich, this past summer; he attended the ATHE conference in Montreal, and published the second, enlarged and revised edition of The Historical Dictionary of Russian Theatre.
Professor Senelick also presented in Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement's Annual Shakespeare Lecture in November 2015.
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