Round 6

Extraordinary Potential:

SANDRA DELGADO, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL

Sandra will immerse herself in an intense study of actor-generated and interview based theatre making techniques and apply these techniques to an original show, para mis Madres. She plans to embark on observerships with The Civilians and Tectonic Theatre Project in the US and Marta Carrasco in Spain. She will train in physical theatre with Pig Iron and SITI Company. She will also travel to Colombia to conduct interviews for para mis Madres and observe theater. Sandra is a founding member of Collaboraction, an Ensemble member and former Associate Artistic Director of Teatro Vista and a TCG Young Leader of Color. She will be seen in the world premiere of Chicago Boys at the Goodman Theatre in October.

MARIA DIZZIA, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Maria will travel to China to observe professional mourners to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of expressivity in cultural practice and the foundations of theater in ritual. She plans to work with teacher Kim Gillingham to help her integrate funeral ritual performance with contemporary theater practice and with the Linklater Center for Voice and Language to study how this vocal training method undoes the societal repressions that inhibit our voices and frees the emotional life of the actor. Maria has performed off-Broadway in Cradle and All, Hallway Trilogy, The Drunken City, Eurydice, Pullman Car Hiawatha, Apparition, Alice the Magnet, Cause for Alarm, and Gone Missing, as well as her Tony-nominated Broadway performance in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room.

MIRIAM SILVERMAN, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC

Miriam will develop a personalized approach to verse and voice work to serve her as a performer and educator. She plans to study with experts in the field including Patsy Rodenburg, Kristen Linklater, Andrew Wade and Catherine Fitzmaurice. She will apprentice Ellen O’Brien, STC’s Head of Voice and Text while in residency at STC. Miriam will travel to London to take part in a workshop on the Estill method and attend the RSC's World Shakespeare Festival. In London she will also attend training sessions with Tim Carroll and The Factory. She will travel to Thorais, France for a workshop in the Roy Hart technique and to Gdansk, Poland to attend the International Shakespeare Festival. As an Affiliated Artist Miriam will return to STC to perform leading roles in classical plays and hold workshops for the theater's acting fellows. Miriam has appeared on stage at STC, The Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, Folger Theatre, Red Bull, Arena Stage, and Trinity Rep.

Distinguished Achievement:

PETER HOWARD, Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA

Peter will travel to six former Cornerstone host communities to observe changes that have happened since the company's residency. These observations will form the core of a large-scale inquiry into how an actor can affect community, and how community can affect an actor. He will write and perform in a piece that explores the changes in these disparate American communities, in the theater company he helped found and in himself over the span of 25 years. Howard will also train in Theater of the Oppressed and Lessac vocal techniques, and visit other models of community-based professional theater practice in the U.S. and abroad.

JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON, Theatre for a New Audience,    New York, NY

John will expand as a classical actor by preparing himself to play lead roles in Shakespeare’s comedies. John will approach this goal with academic study and comparative analysis of Shakespeare and Marlowe with James Shapiro at Columbia University. He will also explore clown techniques, and Shakespeare clown with group and individual study with Christopher Bayes, as well as observing rehearsals and performances of Mr. Bayes’ productions of The Servant of Two Masters and The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Thompson will also study how language works in Shakespeare’s comedies and Marlowe’s tragedies with Andrew Wade. He will perform in readings of three Marlowe tragedies and three Shakespeare comedies led by Arin Arbus and other directors. John has performed at American Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare & Company, Yale Rep, Irish Rep, Wilma Theater, Red Bull, and New York Theatre Workshop. He received an OBIE, Lucille Lortel, and Callaway Award for his performance of Othello at Theatre For A New Audience, and a Callaway Award for The Emperor Jones at Irish Rep.

An advisory selection panel evaluated the applicants and made their recommendations. The panel included: Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse; Regina Bain, National Director of Training and Evaluation, The Posse Foundation; Lisa McNulty, Artistic Line Producer, Manhattan Theatre Club; David Muse, Artistic Director, The Studio Theatre; and Daniel Swee, Casting Director, Lincoln Center Theater.