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 Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2006 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Theatre and Dance Welcomes the Talent of Lee Blessing and Susan Marshall
By Megan Brandel, Theatre and Dance Public Relations Assistant

Students in the department of theatre and dance are enjoying the guidance of extraordinary professionals in the field. This semester, award-winning playwright Lee Blessing, along with Susan Marshall, artistic director and choreographer of Susan Marshall & Company, have been in residence thanks to the generosity of the Roe Green Distinguished Visiting Theatre Artist and the James and Rebecca Roser Visiting Artist programs, respectively.

Blessing was on the Boulder campus for several weeks in conjunction with the production of his play, "Two Rooms," performed March 2-12 in the Loft Theatre. During his residency, he acted as an advisor to the creative team, guest taught several classes and conducted a playwriting workshop.

Blessing made his Broadway debut in 1988 with "A Walk in the Woods," which has been produced in London and Moscow, and he has appeared on American Playhouse on PBS. His plays have won the American Theatre Critics Award and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award and have been nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. His TNT film, "Cooperstown," won the 1993 Humanities Prize for PBS/Cable as well as three nominations for 1993 Cable Ace Awards, including Best Writing. Three of Blessing's plays have been cited in Time magazine's list of the year's Ten Best. He now heads the graduate playwriting program in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

In January, Susan Marshall worked with more than 20 dance students to put the finishing touches on her piece, "Working Memory," in preparation for its performance in "DanceWorks 2006," March 16-19 in the Mainstage Theatre. Marshall's choreography was staged on CU students during the fall semester by company dancers Kristen Hollinsworth and Petra van Noort. "Working Memory" is a true representation of Marshall's exceptional choreography and is particularly powerful with its large cast of dancers. Casting more than 20 dancers allowed many students to benefit from working with a professional choreographer and company members.

Susan Marshall is the recipient of numerous notable awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Choreographer Award, five National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies) for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement.

Along with "Two Rooms" and "DanceWorks 2006," other upcoming theatre and dance productions include "The Learned Ladies," "Richard III," the Student Dance Concert and the CU Fringe Festival. For more information, including show times and ticket prices, visit or call the box office at (303) 492-8181.

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