The Fellowship, which is being funded by the Ford Foundation, will bring the Tony-winning playwright to the campus of Princeton University in fall 2007. During his residence at the famed institution, Albee will create a new work that will be produced by the McCarter Theatre. During that time he will also teach in Princeton's Program in Theater and Dance.
In a statement Michael Cadden, director of Princeton's Program in Theater and Dance, said, "This fellowship program is a natural extension of the growing reciprocity between McCarter and Princeton and a model of how a professional theatre and a university can work to mutual advantage. At a time when Princeton is committing to becoming a national leader in arts education, we're lucky to have Ford's encouragement to bring together the extraordinary resources of both organizations. Our students look forward to their dialogue with one of the most provocative minds in world theatre."
McCarter Theatre Artistic Director Emily Mann added, "Edward Albee acutely understands the function of art in a free society. As America's premier living playwright, he is also an incisive critic of American culture, and has dedicated much of his life to teaching the craft and art of writing for the stage. I can think of no one better to launch our partnership with Princeton University than Mr. Albee. The opportunity for Princeton University students to study with and observe a living legend and for McCarter audiences to witness the birth of a new Edward Albee play is a gift beyond measure."
Playwright Edward Albee won Best Play Tony Awards for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? He was also Tony nominated for The Ballad of the Sad Café, Tiny Alice, A Delicate Balance and Seascape. Albee is also the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.
Albee has previous connections with both Princeton and the McCarter Theatre. During the 1991-92 academic year, he spent time on the Princeton campus as a Belknap Visitor through the University's Council of the Humanities. In 2002 he worked with McCarter's Mann on the production of his play All Over.