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2008 Alex Adam '07 Award Winners

Samuel Zetumer '09 and Halcyon Person '10 have been selected by the Lewis Center for the Arts faculty to be the first recipients of the newly created Alex Adam '07 Award. The award, established in memory of Alexander Jay Adam '07 and made possible by a generous gift from his family, provides support to undergraduates who want to spend a summer pursuing a project that will result in the creation of an original work of art.

Samuel Zetumer, a Mathematics major pursuing a certificate in theater, will use the award to improve his clowning technique by attending two summer courses offered by the Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia. The classes will be taught by Giovanni Fusetti, a master teacher from Italy, and Quinn Bauriedel, a Pig Iron member. Both have trained at the Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. Zetumer trained with Pig Iron Theatre Company when three of its members taught at Princeton in his freshman year.

Following his summer coursework, Zetumer will produce a student-acted circus at Princeton that he says will “…capture and combine the physical comedy of Bill Irwin and the spectacle of a Cirque du Soleil performance. Zetumer hopes this project will lead to his future career in physical theater.

Halcyon Person, an English major pursuing a certificate in creative writing, will spend the summer tracing her family’s ancestry and roots. She will use the Alex Adam Award to support her travel and living expenses in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Mill that employed almost all in her family. Person will conduct interviews with residents of her father’s and grandfather’s generation that remember the booming prosperity and tragic decline of the mill that once rivaled Carnegie Steel. Her final project will be one of the first accounts of black Americans during the time before and after the mill closed and will, according to Person, tell "stories of racism, love and everyday life that my family and others experienced while working at the plant that have never been told, and as my grandfather’s generation passes on, they may be lost forever."

Princeton University Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are eligible for the Alex Adam awards, which this year will provide up to $7,000 in summer funding for each of two students. Beginning in 2009, there will be three awards given each year. The award can be used to support a variety of activities, such as interning at theater or dance festivals; directing, designing, or acting in a show; composing poems or short stories; making short films; or mastering a photographic technique, as long as the activity culminates in the creation or production of an original work.

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