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Conversation and Musical Moments with Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

schonberg_Boublil (2)The Tony Award-winning creators of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, will visit the University of will be in conversation with with Professor Marva Barnett on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Culbreth Theatre.  Tickets to this event, which will also feature the University Singers, are free and available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office.   Read More . . .

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Two Alums in the Spotlight

As we welcome students back to Grounds this week, we highlight two alums who have been recognized for their work!

Lear deBessonet

at_sept14_cover_webLear is the Director of Public Works at the Public Theatre in New York and is featured on the cover of the September issue of American Theatre Magazine.  Though her major at U.Va. was in political and social thought, she was a leader in the Drama Department.

Richard Warner remembers Lear as “the leader in a significant re-invigoration of the lab series program. Her original shows would pack the Helms…I mean standing room only and sitting in the aisles.  They were intimate, unique devised pieces…topical, pertinent to what was going on in the UVA community, usually feminist…. and always provocative.”  Read the American Theatre article on Lear’s work here.

Read the New York Times review of The Winter’s Tale directed by Lear deBessonet here.

Alan Perez

Alan received his MFA in Technical Direction from U.Va. and is the new Interim Technical Director for theAlan_Perez_cirque_1f Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance.  His past work with Cirque Du Soleil was featured in the Ball State Daily as they welcomed him to his new position.  Read the Ball State Daily article about Alan here.