Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:55 pm EST 12/05/18




Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce that the 2018 Susan Stroman Directing Award will be presented to Whitney White on Sunday, December 16 at The Vineyard’s 2nd annual Open House from 3-7pm. This past July, White directed a Developmental Lab Production of THIS LAND WAS MADE by Tori Sampson at The Vineyard, and she is currently represented Off-Broadway with WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN by Aleshea Harris.

The Vineyard established the Susan Stroman Directing Award and residency in 2013, giving it biennially to a talented early or mid-career director to develop new work while in residence. Named after Tony Award-winning director Susan Stroman, the award provides recipients with space, time, and support to develop projects and strike new collaborations, while creating opportunities for them to become part of the life of the company in an ongoing way. Previous recipients include Liesl Tommy (ECLIPSED, The Vineyard’s KID VICTORY) and Lee Sunday Evans (DANCE NATION, INTRACTABLE WOMAN).

The Vineyard’s Susan Stroman Directing Award is made possible through the generosity of The Tournesol Project.

The Vineyard's Open House is an opportunity for Vineyard supporters to learn more about the theatre through backstage tours and artist panels. Panels include a discussion with season artists Jeremy O. Harris ("Daddy") and Mara Nelson-Greenberg (DO YOU FEEL ANGER?); and Paula Vogel Playwriting Award recipients Antoinette Nwandu (PASS OVER) and Kate Tarker (THUNDERBODIES). Closing the event will be the presentation of the Susan Stroman Directing Award to Whitney White, with remarks from Susan Stroman. To learn more about the Open House, contact Jessie Pitluk, Director of Development, at development@vineyardtheatre.org.

Whitney White is a director and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent work includes Aleshea Harris’ WHAT TO SEND UP (The Movement, NYT Critics’ Pick), RITA TAMBIEN RITA by Tony Meneses (Julliard), OTHELLO (Trinity Rep), and BR’ER COTTON by Tearrance Chisholm (Endstation). Her upcoming piece MACBETH IN STRIDE will be part of Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theatre. Associate Directing: MARVIN’S ROOM (Broadway), IF I FORGET (Roundabout), OTHELLO (NYTW). Upcoming: JUMP (Playmakers), CANYON (IAMA Theatre), AN ILLIAD (Long Wharf), THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Atlantic Theatre, Associate Director). Whitney is an Associate Artist at The Roundabout Theatre, and was recently a 2050 Fellow at the New York Theatre Workshop. This year she is in residency at Ars Nova as part of their 2018 Makers Lab where she is developing DEFINITION an original concert-play, and at the Drama League as part of their Next Wave Residency where she is developing an African American production of Anton Chekov’s THREE SISTERS set to original music. MFA Acting: Brown University/Trinity Rep, BA: Northwestern University. www.whitney-white.com

Susan Stroman's long and cherished relationship with The Vineyard began with the 1987 revival of FLORA, THE RED MENACE, giving Ms. Stroman her first professional choreography credit. She returned to The Vineyard in 2010 with the John Kander, Fred Ebb and David Thompson musical THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, which went on to a run on Broadway and the West End. Ms. Stroman most recently directed THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE and DOT on The Vineyard stage. Her other major credits include CONTACT, THE PRODUCERS, and BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and THE MERRY WIDOW for the Metropolitan Opera. She is the recipient of five Tony Awards.

The Vineyard’s 2018-19 season launched with the New York premiere of Ngozi Anyanwu’s GOOD GRIEF, a New York Times Critics' Pick, directed by Awoye Timpo. Notable productions developed and premiered by The Vineyard include the world-premiere of David Cale’s HARRY CLARKE, directed by Leigh Silverman and starring Billy Crudup (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Off Broadway Alliance and Outer Critics Circle awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s INDECENT, which transferred to Broadway, winning two 2017 Tony Awards; two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Pulitzer Prize finalist GLORIA; Nicky Silver's THE LYONS; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q; Kander and Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (12 Tony nominations); Bell and Bowen's Obie Award-winning [title of show], Lanie Robertson’s LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL,Tarell Alvin McCraney's WIG OUT!; Becky Mode’s FULLY COMMITTED; Jenny Schwartz’ GOD’S EAR; Will Eno's MIDDLETOWN; Colman Domingo's DOT; Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman’s BROOKLYNITE, Jordan Harrison’s THE AMATEURS, THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE by John Kander and David Thompson and directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, and many more. The Vineyard is proud to have been honored with special Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Susan Stroman Directing Award and Paula Vogel Playwriting Award recognize and support emerging artists with tailored residencies to create new work. In addition, the company’s education programs serve over 700 of New York City public high school students annually, culminating in the REBEL VERSES Youth Arts Festival in collaboration with Developing Artists.

Vineyard Theatre’s leadership includes Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.

The Vineyard's 2018-19 Season continues with the world-premiere of “Daddy,” a co-production with The New Group, beginning performances on February 12 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street). In the spring, The Vineyard returns to its home in Union Square with the New York premiere of Mara Nelson-Greenberg's DO YOU FEEL ANGER?, directed by Margot Bordelon. For more information, visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.

Memberships for the final two shows of The Vineyard’s 2018-19 Season are available at vineyardtheatre.org. All Vineyard Members may book their tickets to “Daddy” online, by phone at 212-353-0303, or in person at 108 East 15th Street.

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