Sundance Institute Kicks Off LUMA Theatre Directors Retreat in Arles Today
Sundance Institute and the LUMA Foundation previously announced that the two organizations would collaborate to host The Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat at Domaine de l'Armellière, today, July 29 - August 9, in Arles, France. Under the supervision of Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of The Sundance Institute Theatre Program, Producing Director Christopher Hibma and Program Associate Anne Kauffman, the Retreat will be the first theatre director-centered residency at the Institute.
The Retreat will complement other initiatives of the Theatre Program by providing specific resources to directors in the field, including meeting the identified needs for more opportunities to exchange ideas and practices with other mid-career, freelance directors.
Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, "The Theatre Directors Retreat marks an expansion of our Theatre Program to support directors exclusively for the first time. It also grows from our long-held belief that engaging in a new context, environment and community can provide fresh perspectives for artists."
Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of The Sundance Institute Theatre Program, said, "We have long felt compelled to understand and support the specific needs of stage directors, and when our director alum, Anne Kaufman, came to us with many of the same concerns, we knew it was time to deepen our support in this area."
Maja Hoffmann of the LUMA Foundation said, "'The LUMA Foundation is supporting Sundance Institute to develop live theater and performance art. We are happy to host the Theatre Directors Retreat in the inspiring surroundings of Arles where we plan our future cultural center for the 21st century."
Directors selected for the 2013 Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat at Domaine de l'Armellière are:
OBIE Award-winning director Anne Kauffman collaborates with Sundance Institute on creating this Retreat and will also participate as a Fellow. Her recent directing credits include Belleville (NYTW, Yale Rep & upcoming at Steppenwolf), Detroit (Playwrights Horizons), Anne directs Somewhere Fun by Jenny Schwartz at the Vineyard and the co-world premiere of Smokefall by Noah Haidle at South Coast Repertory & Goodman Theatre in 2013. Other production highlights include Slowgirl and Stunning (LCT3), Maple & Vine (Playwrights Horizons, Humana), Tales from My Parents Divorce (Williamstown, The Flea), This Wide Night (Naked Angels, Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best Direction), Becky Shaw (Wilma), Stunning (LCT3), Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (P73 & Soho Rep),God's Ear (Vineyard, New Georges), The Thugs (Soho Rep) and the new musical We Have Always Lived in a Castle (Yale Rep).
Lisa Peterson is the co-writer of An Iliad, the OBIE and Lortel Award-winning Solo Performance that she created with Denis O'Hare, based on Homer's epic poem. In addition to many classic plays, Lisa has directed the premieres of new works by Donald Margulies, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Naomi Wallace, Caryl Churchill, Janusz Glowacki, Marlane Meyer, Culture Clash, Jose Rivera and many others at theaters including NYTW (OBIE for directing Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), Public, Vineyard, MTC, Primary Stages, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie, ATL, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Arena Stage, Geffen, Hartford Stage, Seattle Rep and many more.