2013 George C. Wolfe Fellows Revealed
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation announces the inaugural recipients of the George C. Wolfe Fellowship, Imani Douglas and JoAnn Yeoman.
Imani Douglas was awarded $2,000 for her expressed interest in an in-depth analysis of 1920 - 1945, beginning with the Harlem Renaissance and extending through the war years, researching encounters between people of color and Nazis to begin to develop a dramatization of individual personal histories from this era. "I am thrilled on so many levels! To indulge a lifetime creative passion, to immerse myself in an historic era, to study and confer with some extremely talented people, add up to an incredible experience and a major boost in my career. I am honored to be a recipient of this particular Fellowship as I have always admired and been inspired by the work of George C. Wolfe," says Ms. Douglas.
JoAnn Yeoman was awarded $500 to explore the effects that period costumes and accessories have on the physical and psychological aspects of actors and singers to expand her directorial skill set toward period plays, operas, and films. Reacting to the news of her selection, Ms. Yeoman states, "'Thrilled' is an understatement of how I felt when I received the news of the Fellowship award. I am so proud to have been honored by the SDC Foundation and so pleased to know that my project has merit. After getting the call, I simply (and quite appropriately) danced all the way to the subway. I look forward to beginning my work."
The George C. Wolfe Fellowship offers professional directors and choreographers, with at least 6 years professional lead experience, the chance to explore an area of interest outside of their existing skill set, and thereby add another weapon to one's artistic arsenal which can be used to help shatter perceived boundaries restricting one's career.
Established by the proceeds of a special fundraising effort of the 2011 "Mr. Abbott" Award celebrating Director George C. Wolfe, this fellowship is a biennial award to experienced directors and choreographers harboring a desire to break free of perceived artistic boundaries.