Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecturers

1998-1999 Tony Kushner: April 20, Thurber Theatre. With “In Conversation with...Tony Kushner,” Tony Kushner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, inaugurated the annual Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture Series. In conjunction with the lecture, the Department of Theatre presented the first locally produced production of Kushner’s Angels In America: Part One, Millennium Approaches on May 19-23 and 25-28.

 

2001-2002 Laurie Stone: April 11, Wexner Film/Video Theatre. Widely published author, theatre critic and writer Laurie Stone gave her talk, “Comedy and Solo Performance: What the Comic Voice Can Get Away With,” as part of the OSU Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute’s 50th anniversary celebration. A longtime writer for the Village Voice, Stone has been a theatre critic for The Nation, critic-at-large on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, and a regular writer for Ms., New York Woman, and Viva. She is the author of the novel Starting with Serge, the memoir collection Close to the Bone, and Laughing in the Dark, a collection of her writing on comic performance. Laurie taught a journalism class during the spring and was the Thurber Journalist in Residence.

 

2002-2003 Brenda Laurel: May 16, Wexner Film/Video Theatre. Ohio State Department of Theatre alum Brenda Laurel returned to discuss her career as a "techno diva." Author of Computers as Theatre and Utopian Entrepreneur, Laurel is one of the world's leading theorists and visionaries of computer technology and interface design.   

 

2003-2004 Toni-Leslie James: April 29, Roy Bowen Theatre. OSU alum (BA 1979) and Tony Award-nominated costume designer Toni-Leslie James returned to give the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture, coming fresh from triumphing as designer on the Whoopi! television series.  Toni-Leslie spoke to a combined audience of students, faculty, staff, and the community, followed by a portfolio review session with graduate and undergraduate design students.  During the rest of her stay, she visited classes and toured “When the Spirit Moves: African American Dance in History and Art,” an exhibit at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Complex’s Elijah Pierce Gallery that featured some of her designs.  

 

2004-2005 No lecturer.

 

2005-2006 Alan Munro: October, Drake Performance Center. As the invited lecturer for the Lawrence & Lee Theatre Research Institute’s Annual Lecture Series, Alan Munro (Ph.D. 1996) presented his paper, “The Theatre Of Research, Or The Research Of Theatre: Explorations in the dynamics of research in the arts in South Africa.”

 

2006-2007 Chris Jones: May, Drake Performance Center.  Alumnus Chris Jones (Ph.D. 1989) gave the Annual Lawrence and Lee TRI Lecture this year entitled “Every Night in the Dark: A Critic Debunks the Pervasive Myths Surrounding Contemporary American Theatre.” Chris is the principle theatre critic for the Chicago Tribune and teaches at DePaul University.

 

2007-2008 Beverly Emmons: October, Thurber Theatre.  Seven-time Tony nominee Beverly Emmons was the Annual Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theater Research Institute lecturer. Emmons has designed for many Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatres, dance concerts and opera in the US and abroad. She is currently a professor at Columbia University.

 

2008-2009 No lecturer.

 

2009-2010 No lecturer.

 

2010-2011 Yanci Bukovec: March 31, Thompson Library, Campus Reading Room.  The 2010-2011 Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture featured voice, speech, and master of movement Yanci Bukovec.  Yanci delighted the department with conversation, philosophy, and memories of mime training and touring with Marcel Marceau.  He also taught master classes to voice and movement students, and gave a demonstration/performance.

 

2011-2012 Struan Leslie: October 18, Thompson Library, Campus Reading Room.  Struan Leslie, head of movement at the Royal Shakespeare Company, delivered the 2011-2012 annual Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture.  Struan has performed, directed, and devised work in theatre, opera, dance, and live art.  His practice draws on a wide range of applications, experimentations, and explorations of movement including choreography, architecture, music, and fine art.  His work has been presented extensively in the repertoires of theatre companies throughout Europe and in the U.S., including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, English and Welsh National Opera, Geneva Opera, Berkeley Rep, and American Repertory Theatre.  Struan choreographed the BBC’s highly acclaimed television series Casanova.  Struan also spent a morning exploring Theatre Research Institute dance and movement holdings in anticipation of future uses. 

 

2012-2013 no lecturer

 

2013-2014 Chris Jones: September 11, Roy Bowen Theatre.  Chris Jones (Ph.D. 1989), Chicago Tribune Chief Theatre Critic, returned to give the annual Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute lecture entitled “The Last Critic Standing.”  In the age of Yelp!, Amazon, and Trip Advisor, amateur critics appear to have kicked those crusty old professionals to the curb.  Drawing from food criticism, movie criticism, and theatre criticism, and taking a detour into American Idol, Jones looked at how technology and aggregation has buffeted a venerable profession and pondered the role of critics in the new world order, asking, “Do we really need critics anymore?”

 

2014-2015 Pamela Howard: September 11, Roy Bowen Theatre.  Pamela Howard is a director, scenographer, visual theatre artist, and educator.  She has worked in the UK, Europe and USA since 1960, and has realized over 250 productions.  She has worked at all the major national and regional theatres, including the creation of several large scale site-specific works.  Since 2000 she has been developing her work as Director/Scenographer specializing in contemporary opera and music theatre, with a particular interest in site specific and sustainable theatre.  Pamela’s lecture, “Drawing Theatre,” drew an audience from across campus and the community.


2015-2016 Simona Rybakova: September 9, 2016, Roy Bowen Theatre. Dr. Simona Rybáková is a textile and costume designer and Czech theatre artist. Rybáková studied at the College of Applied Art and Design, and then pursued her schooling at Studio of Textile Design of the Academy of Art and Design in Prague. Between 1997 and 2009, she was the Czech Republic’s representative on the executive board of the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Artists and Technicians (OISTAT), and since 1997 she has been a member of the same organization’s commission on stage design. In 2007, she became a member of the European Film Academy.


2015-2016 Jonathan Barlow Lee: October 24, 2016, Roy Bowen Theatre. Jonathan Barlow Lee, son of playwright Robert E. Lee, and production manager for the Mark Taper Forum for the past 28 years, shared personal anecdotes about growing up while the plays of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee were being created, and discussed and shared designs, plans and renderings of the premiere productions of Auntie Mame and several other Lawrence and Lee plays. He has been the production manager for more than 150 plays at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, including the first full production of both Parts 1 and 2 of Angels in America, Deaf West’s Big River (performed in American Sign Language), and the world premiere productions of many plays from August Wilson’s “Century Cycle.”

 

 

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THE JEROME LAWRENCE AND ROBERT E. LEE THEATRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

2012-2013 Visiting Research Fellowships

 

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute invites fellowship applications by scholars who wish to do research that requires significant use of the Institute's collections. The fellowship is for the period of at least one month, for research to be performed during the period 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013. Foreign nationals as well as United States citizens may apply.  Preference is given to applicants from outside the Columbus, Ohio, commuting area.

Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence for the period of the award. It is anticipated that during their residencies, fellows will share their work with the university community through a lecture, master class, or other appropriate means. A brief final report on research conducted during the residency must be submitted within two months after the completion of the residency.

The Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute holdings include design and technical theatre collections, personal papers, and organizational archives.  Through the University Libraries in association with the Department of Theatre, the Institute acquires, preserves, and makes accessible materials documenting the performing arts for the purposes of scholarship, education, and enjoyment; provides an active teaching component; serves as a source for new works creation, development, and reconstruction; and enriches patrons' experiences of materials revealing our performing arts culture and history. 

Stipend: $3000

Application deadline:  16 April 2012

A selected list of holdings with brief collection descriptions may be found at the Institute website, http://go.osu.edu/tri. For further information, please contact the Fellowship Committee, care of Nena Couch (couch.1@osu.edu; office: 614-292-9606), Beth Kattelman (kattelman.1@osu.edu; office: 614-688-3305), or Mary Tarantino (tarantino.1@osu.edu; office: 614-688-4349).


Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute

Visiting Research Fellowship Application

 

 

Applicant Name: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

                  ______________________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________  Email: __________________________________

Anticipated dates of research: _____________________________________

                                                       Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute

119 Thompson Library                                                                                                                                                                               1858 Neil Avenue Mall                                                                                                                                                                         Columbus, OH 43210

614-292-6614

fax: 614-688-8417

 

THE JEROME LAWRENCE AND ROBERT E. LEE THEATRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

2012-2013 Visiting Research Fellowships

 

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute invites fellowship applications by scholars who wish to do research that requires significant use of the Institute's collections. The fellowship is for the period of at least one month, for research to be performed during the period 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013. Foreign nationals as well as United States citizens may apply.  Preference is given to applicants from outside the Columbus, Ohio, commuting area.

Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence for the period of the award. It is anticipated that during their residencies, fellows will share their work with the university community through a lecture, master class, or other appropriate means. A brief final report on research conducted during the residency must be submitted within two months after the completion of the residency.

The Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute holdings include design and technical theatre collections, personal papers, and organizational archives.  Through the University Libraries in association with the Department of Theatre, the Institute acquires, preserves, and makes accessible materials documenting the performing arts for the purposes of scholarship, education, and enjoyment; provides an active teaching component; serves as a source for new works creation, development, and reconstruction; and enriches patrons' experiences of materials revealing our performing arts culture and history. 

Stipend: $3000

Application deadline:  16 April 2012

A selected list of holdings with brief collection descriptions may be found at the Institute website, http://go.osu.edu/tri. For further information, please contact the Fellowship Committee, care of Nena Couch (couch.1@osu.edu; office: 614-292-9606), Beth Kattelman (kattelman.1@osu.edu; office: 614-688-3305), or Mary Tarantino (tarantino.1@osu.edu; office: 614-688-4349).


Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute

Visiting Research Fellowship Application

 

 

Applicant Name: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

                  ______________________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________  Email: __________________________________

Anticipated dates of research: _____________________________________________________

 

Please submit the following:

1)           a statement not to exceed three pages describing the research project and the relevance of the Institute's collections to that project

 

2)           a summary curriculum vitae not to exceed three pages

 

3)           two letters of recommendation

 

Application deadline: 16 April 2012

 

All application materials should be sent to:

Theatre Research Fellowship Committee

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute

The Ohio State University

119 Thompson Library

1858 Neil Avenue Mall

Columbus, OH 43210

 

 

________________

 

Please submit the following:

1)           a statement not to exceed three pages describing the research project and the relevance of the Institute's collections to that project

 

2)           a summary curriculum vitae not to exceed three pages

 

3)           two letters of recommendation

 

Application deadline: 16 April 2012

 

All application materials should be sent to:

Theatre Research Fellowship Committee

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute

The Ohio State University

119 Thompson Library

1858 Neil Avenue Mall

Columbus, OH 43210