Chomet, Sullivan, Greenspan and More Among TCG & Fox Foundation's Actor Fellowship Recipients
The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, have announced the eighth round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship recipients. The program is designed to support actors' professional and artistic development, to enrich relationships between actors and nonprofit theatres and to ensure continued professional commitment to live theatre. Funded by the Fox Foundation and administered by TCG, the fellowship is one of only a few programs of its kind for actors in the country.
"The Fox Foundation expresses our continued appreciation of the long-term collaborative relationship between Fox and TCG," said Robert P. Warren, president of the Fox Foundation. "This program has provided extraordinary opportunities for Fox Fellows to further their artisticdevelopment and enhance their craft. The proposals from this year's recipients hold great promise, not only for them personally and professionally, but also for their sponsoring theatres and the communities they so richly serve."
The Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship awarded grants totaling $217,500 through two categories:
Extraordinary Potential recipients are early- to mid-career actors, who have demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to continued training. Each fellow receives $15,000 each, with up to an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loans. The host theatre companies will receive grants of $7,500 in support of these residencies.
Distinguished Achievement recipients have demonstrated considerable experience in professional theatre with a substantial body of work. Each fellow receives $25,000 awards. The host theatre companies will receive grants of $7,500 in support of these residencies.
"Since its inception, our partnership with Fox Foundation has created opportunities for actors to deepen their craft and advance their professional development through relationships with theatres around the country," said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG. "Our field thrives when artists are empowered to take time for creative risks and exploration, and this program creates the rare space in which they can do just that."
The Fox Foundation fellows and host theatres are:
Sun Mee Chomet, Mu Performing Arts, (St. Paul, MN), will hone her love and grasp of movement, dance and physical theatre by observing Marcela Lorca, Head of Movement at the Guthrie Theater, studying with Master Iyengar Yoga Teacher Nancy Boler; Pig Iron Theatre Company; and Dr. Young-Lan Lee at Kyunghee University in Korea. She will create a workshop production of a new movement theatre piece with company members of Mu Performing Arts to culminate her studies. Chomet has acted at Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Lincoln Center Theater, as well as others. She received funding from the Jerome Foundation towards the development of her solo play How to Be a Korean Woman and the Minneapolis Star Tribune awarded her Outstanding New Script of 2008 for Asiamnesia. Chomet is a recipient of the Playwrights' Center 2013-14 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship. She received her MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU.
Cindy Im, TheatreWorks, (Palo Alto, CA), will use her fellowship to advance her training in movement, voice and text, priming herself for roles in the classics. She will study Shakespeare, voice and text at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Le Jeu and Clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She will also be mentored by Stephen Buescher, Head of Movement and Physical Theater at A.C.T. During her time in residency at TheatreWorks, Im will visit high schools and colleges to host meetings and master classes with Asian American performers in order to help students and performers overcome obstacles connected to considering and maintaining careers in theatre. Im has acted in productions at American Conservatory Theater, Crowded Fire Theater, Goodman Theatre and Theatre Dijon Bourgogne; and has worked under the direction of Chay Yew, Mark Rucker, Rob Melrose, Desdemona Chiang, among others. She received her M.F.A in Acting from California Institute of the Arts.