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Lewis Center presents Work from Two Atelier Courses:
Performances by students from “Stories to Stage, Words
and Song: A Study in Adaptation” and “Making Theater
without a Script” 

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ fall 2013 Princeton Atelier courses, “Stories to Stage, Words and Song: A study in Adaptation” and “Making Theater without a Script,” will present new works created over the past semester on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Berlind Rehearsal Room and on Wednesday, December 11, at 8:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre, both at McCarter Theatre Center. A reception will follow the performances, which are free and open to the public.

Novelist Meg Wolitzer and singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche of the musical group The Roches led the “Stories to Stage” course, which explored the transformation of existing texts into performance. Students worked with their own creative writing, musical composition, scene work, and character development, as well as assigned pieces of literature, in order to develop original scenes, songs and monologues, which will be presented at the performance.

In “Making Theater without a Script,” John Collins, artistic director and founder of Elevator Repair Service, introduced students to how the 22-year-old New York City-based theater ensemble creates work. Students examined the ensemble's use of choreography, sound design, space and text, before generating their own material and creating a performance that used these elements alongside The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe as text. The performance will be a staging of various Poe texts using found choreography and sound design.

Meg Wolitzer headshotMeg Wolitzer is a novelist whose books include The Wife, The Position, The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling, and, her newest novel, The Interestings. Wolitzer has also published a book for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman. A young adult novel, Belzhar, will be published next year. A recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prizes.

Roche headshotSuzzy Roche is a singer-songwriter, performer and author and a founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded over 15 albums, written music for television and film, and toured extensively for 30 years across the U.S. and Europe. Roche has been an associate member of The Wooster Group, the experimental theater company based in New York City, and performed with them off and on for a number of years throughout Europe. Her children’s book Want To Be In A Band (Random House) was published earlier this year. Wayward Saints (Hyperion/Voice) is her first novel and is a selection of the Spring 2012 B&N Discover Great New Writers Program. 

collins picJohn Collins founded Elevator Repair Service in 1991. Since then, he has directed or co-directed all of the company’s productions. John is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art and a 2011 United States Artists Donnelley Fellowship. In 2010 John received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director and the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for ERS’ production of Gatz. Recent projects include The Select (The Sun Also Rises) at New York Theatre Workshop and Shuffle at the New York Public Library. Gatz and The Select were both performed at McCarter Theatre.

The Princeton Atelier offers up to four, interdisciplinary courses each year, usually inviting in guest artists as faculty who collaborate with one another and students to create new work. Over the past decade, guest artists have included choreographer Jacques d’Amboise, vocal group Anonymous 4, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, novelist Gabriel García Márquez, visual artist Irina Nakhova, the Pig Iron Theatre Company, Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock and theater director Peter Sellars.

“We are fortunate to have amazing guest artists and members of our Princeton faculty involved in the Atelier program” notes Stacy Wolf, director of the program and a professor of theater at Princeton. “Each Atelier creates something never done before. These multi-disciplinary collaborations include Princeton students as witnesses to the creative process, as participants in the new work and as developing artists in their own right.”

Each course culminates in the public presentation of new work, and both the seminars and these final presentations have become vibrant mainstays of the University’s creative and performing arts public offerings. Courses are open to all students by application and are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.


Event Information


Because Art: Adaptations from Our Lives from “Stories to Stage”
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Berlind Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theatre Center

“Making Theater without a Script”
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • 8:00 p.m.
Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center


Free and open to the public



The Princeton Atelier was endowed in 2009 through the generosity of a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous. The Atelier is additionally supported through The Newhouse Foundation, The Erik C. Blachford '89 Fund, The Schare-Pfaffenroth Endowment Fund, The Jordan Roth '97 Performance Fund and The Peter T. Joseph Foundation.


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