Round 5

Extraordinary Potential:

ALVIN CHAN , Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY), Honolulu HI

Chan will travel to China, Hong Kong, Japan and his native Hawai’i to develop his expertise in traditional Asian performance techniques. He will study Beijing Opera in Nanjing with master teacher Master Lu, take a Manga intensive course at the Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, receive private training in Japanese Kyogen from Master Mariushi Yatsuhi, and take a four-week intensive course with the Ha Kwok Cheung Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe in Hong Kong. On his return to Hawai’i, Chan will lead a series of workshops on these techniques with the HTY acting company, and perform in their productions, The Lion Dancer and Momotaro.

USMAN ALLY , American Theater Company (ATC), Chicago, IL

Ally will study documentary theatre techniques and interview-based character creation with ATC artistic director PJ Paparelli. He plans to travel to Pakistan to conduct interviews on immigration with his parents and US Embassy immigration officials. He will also interview South Asian immigrant families in Chicago. Usman will then workshop the documented work through a series of readings and retreats, which will culminate in a production at ATC.


Holum’s Fellowship will support and enhance the process of developing Chimera, a highly theatrical solo-performance exploring medical chimerism – the combination of two sets of genes in an individual body.  Chimera is being developed in collaboration with playwright Deborah Stein through the HERE Artist Residency Program with additional support from the Creativity Fund at New Dramatists, the Playwrights' Center, and Workhaus Collective.  Holum will work towards certification at the Laban Institute in New York, participate in workshops on the use of technology in new performance at EMPAC, train with Complicite in the United Kingdom, and develop grantwriting skills at the Foundation Center. She also plans to attend the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, an international three-week festival that emphasizes interdisciplinary work.

Distinguished Achievement:

LAURIE MCCANTS, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE), Bloomsburg PA

Mccants will hone her skills in physical performance, puppetry/object manipulation, musical instrument and Pranayama Yoga (breath work) in preparation for her solo performance Industrious Angels, a music-theatre piece evoking women’s secret creative lines, mother/daughter bloodlines, and Emily Dickinson’s ghost. She will study puppetry with Eric and Ines Bass of Sandglass Theatre, Jon Ludwig of the Center for Puppetry Arts, and Lynn Jeffries of Cornerstone Theater; physical performance with Joan Schirle of Dell'Arte International; and toy piano with composer Guy Klucevsek.  She will present the first public workshop versions of Industrious Angels at BTE and the Ko Festival of Performance in July 2011, and then prepare for a national tour starting in 2012.

FRANK CORRADO, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Seattle WA

Corrado will expand Pinter Fortnightly, a series he founded in March 2009, which is devoted to public readings of the works of Harold Pinter. As the series’ resident actor/curator/co-producer/casting agent, he will better compensate participating actors and invite actors, directors and scholars outside Seattle to take part. Corrado will work in partnership with ACT artistic director Kurt Beattie to expand the series to include other intellectually rigorous and underrepresented writers. Also, there have been preliminary discussions about a possible Pinter Festival at ACT in 2012 utilizing a number of the theatre spaces.


An advisory selection panel evaluated the applicants and made their recommendations. The panel included: Ricardo Khan, Director/Writer, Crossroads Theatre Company; Ellen Lauren, Associate Artistic Director, SITI Company; Lisa Portes, Head of Directing, The Theatre School at DePaul; Melissa Smith, Conservatory Director, American Conservatory Theater.