Paula Vogel to Exit Role at Yale School of Drama; New Projects On the Horizon

News   Paula Vogel to Exit Role at Yale School of Drama; New Projects On the Horizon
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel will exit her position as chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, according to The New York Times.

Vogel, who is also the playwright-in-residence at the Yale Repertory Theatre, is stepping down from her official academic duties one year earlier than outlined in her five-year term at the school, but will remain as part of the faculty. She will focus on two upcoming projects, including One Hundred Years of Vengeance, a co-commission from Yale Rep and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which she is workshopping with director Rebecca Taichman.

Vogel will also be involved in the Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway revival of her play How I Learned to Drive, which will return to New York in 2012.

Yale Rep artistic director and dean of the School of Drama, James Bundy, will begin a search to fill Vogel's position. He told the Times, "Paula's service to the School of Drama thus far has been extraordinary and galvanizing. She has revamped the curriculum of her department and continued its tradition of recruiting remarkable young writers — under her leadership of the program, playwriting applications rose to an all-time high."

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