Khandi Alexander, Jason Bowen and Kathleen Chalfant Set for A.R.T.'s 'WEDDING BAND' Reading, 11/19
Co-director Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October 1994, and a theatre critic in 2002. He began contributing to the magazine in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town. Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe in previous years. He has also written articles for The Nation and collaborated on film scripts for "Swoon" and "Looking for Langston." He edited the catalogue for the Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition entitled "Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art," which ran from November 1994, to March 1995. His first book, "The Women," a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, was published in 1996. In 1997, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded Als first prize in both Magazine Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment. He was awarded a Guggenheim for Creative Writing in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-03. In 2009, Als worked with the performer Justin Bond on "Cold Water," an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and videos by performers, at La MaMa Gallery. In 2010, he co-curated "Self-Consciousness," at the Veneklasen Werner Gallery in Berlin, and published "Justin Bond/Jackie Curtis," his second book.
Als has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan, and Smith College. He lives in New York City.
Co-director Shira Milikowsky is the Artistic Associate at the A.R.T., where she directed the entirety of Taylor Mac's five-act epic, The Lily's Revenge (named one of the top ten theater events of 2012 by The Boston Globe) and Bob: A Life in Five Acts for the A.R.T. Institute. Her work has been seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Big Money), The New York International Fringe Festival (Mourn The Living Hector, winner of a Fringe Excellence Award for overall production), and extensively at New York's Ars Nova, where she was the organization's first Director-in-Residence. Shira has received the Drama League Fellowship, the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship, and a scholarship from the Henry Luce Foundation to serve as a visiting artist at the Seoul Metropolitan Theater in Seoul, South Korea. She holds a BA in theater studies from Yale, and an MFA in directing from Columbia.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of theater. Winner of the 2012 and 2013 Tony Awards for Best Musical Revival for its productions of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Pippin, the A.R.T. is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by RoBert Woodruff. In 2008, Diane Paulus became the A.R.T.'s Artistic Director. The A.R.T. is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, the Pulitzer Prize, and many Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. Its recent premiere production of Death and The Powers: The Robots' Opera was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
During its 33-year history, the A.R.T. has welcomed many major American and international theater artists, presenting a diverse repertoire that includes premieres of American plays, bold reinterpretations of classical texts and provocative new music Theater Productions. The A.R.T. has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide in 21 cities in 16 countries on four continents. The A.R.T. is also a training ground for young artists. The Theater's artistic staff teaches undergraduate classes in acting, directing, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, voice, and design at Harvard University. In 1987, the A.R.T. founded the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. A two-year, five-semester M.F.A. graduate program that operates in conjunction with the Moscow Art Theater School, the Institute provides world-class professional training in acting, dramaturgy and voice.
Since becoming Artistic Director, Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus has enhanced the A.R.T.'s core mission to expand the boundaries of theater by continuing to transform the ways in which work is developed, programmed, produced and contextualized, always including the audience as a partner. Productions such as Pippin, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Sleep No More, The Donkey Show, Gatz, The Blue Flower, and Prometheus Bound have engaged audiences in unique theatrical experiences. The A.R.T.'s club theater, OBERON, which Paulus calls a Second Stage for the 21st century, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists, and has also attracted national attention for its innovative programming model.
The Loeb Drama Center, located at 64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, is fully accessible. ASL interpreted and audio described performances are available at select productions. Visit americanrepertorytheater.org/access for more information.
For information about the A.R.T.'s 2013-14 Season and special events call 617-547-8300 or visit us on line at americanrepertorytheater.org.