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Theater After Wesleyan

Theater After Wesleyan

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 5:30pm
CFA Hall
FREE!

Five Wesleyan Theater Department alumni talk about their work and careers in theater after Wesleyan:

Roberta Pereira ’03 is the Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, an off-Broadway theater company that develops and produces new plays by early-career playwrights. Before joining The Realm, she worked with Bisno Productions on shows such as A Red Orchid Theater's off-Broadway premiere of The Opponent; the Tony Award-nominated play Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally, starring Tyne Daly; the revival of the beloved musical Annie; the Olivier Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along in the West End; the Broadway premiere of Grace, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, and Ed Asner; and the Tony Award-winning smash hit War Horse (Broadway, Toronto, and U.S. tour). Previously, Ms. Pereira was an Associate Producer at Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, Executive Producer of Yale Summer Cabaret in New Haven, and she produced all the auxiliary events for the 2006 Dublin International Theatre Festival. In 2011, Ms. Pereira co-founded Dress Circle Publishing, a boutique publisher specializing in books about Broadway and by Broadway authors. Bestselling titles include Ruby Preston’s Broadway Trilogy, Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s The Untold Stories of Broadway, and Seth Rudetsky's Broadway Diaries. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama's Theater Management program, Ms. Pereira is originally from Brazil, and currently lives in New York City.

Michael Rau ’05, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Wolf 359, is a director specializing in new plays, re-imagined classics, and operas. He has been working internationally in Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and Greece; and has created work in New York City at Performance Space S122, The Culture Project, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, and Dixon Place.

MJ Kaufman ’08 is a playwright whose work has been developed and produced by Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, New Harmony Project, Aurora Theater, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, and the Yale School of Drama; and performed in Russian in Moscow.

Rachel Silverman '09 (Theater and Sociology) is the Artistic Producing Associate at New York Theatre Workshop, where she has worked in many capacities since the fall of 2009. Ms. Silverman coordinates all workshop programming and artist development activities, including a weekly "Monday @ 3" reading series, summer residencies at Adelphi University and Dartmouth College, and the 2050 Fellowship for emerging playwrights and directors. In addition to her work with New York Theatre Workshop, Ms. Silverman served as festival producer for PRELUDENYC in 2012 and 2013, and has directed and curated for TinyRhino. Other producing credits include UglyRhino's site specific What it Means to Disappear Here, and 13P's OBIE Award-winning A Map of Virtue. Ms. Silverman served as the Associate Producer of 13P for its final years until implosion, and is a proud UglyRhino Associate Artist.

Emmie Finckel ’14, a New York-based scenic and properties designer, is currently the Communications Associate at David Korins Design, and has collaborated with Woodshed Collective, The Assembly, and Trusty Sidekick theater companies.

The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor of Theater Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento.

An Outside the Box Theater Series event presented by the Theater Department and the Center for the Arts.

Image: "Theater After Wesleyan" panelists from 2012. Photo by Dat Vu '15.

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