Drama League Beatrice Terry Fellowship Will Fund Development of New Work by Female Writer-Director
05 Feb 2014
The Drama League announced the establishment of the Beatrice Terry Fellowship at its 30th annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, honoring Neil Patrick Harris, which was held Feb. 3.
The fellowship will fund the development of a new work by a female writer-director. It will culminate in a writing residency, a living stipend and a professional reading of the new work at The Drama League Theater Center.
The fellowship is the first of its kind in the nation and is named in honor of the late director Beatrice Terry, an alumna of The Drama League Directors Project. Terry worked as an associate/assistant director on Broadway; her credits included Spring Awakening, Memphis, La Bete, Leap of Faith and God of Carnage.
She helmed several shows in New York, including The Germ Project with New Georges and Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama! She was the author of several plays and musicals for children, as well as the adult satires Ronbenet and Over a Barrel.
"The loss of Beatrice Terry to the theater community is incalculable," Drama League artistic director Roger T. Danforth said in a statement. "Her breadth of talent and creative imagination are sorely missed. Thankfully, Michael and Bea's partner, the playwright Gretchen Michelfeld, have joined us to establish this permanent tribute, a fellowship to support the work of women directors who, like Bea, are redefining the boundaries between writer and director."
The first recipient of the fellowship will be selected by members of the Drama League staff and an advisory board following the establishment of the Terry Fellowship.
The Terry Fellowship Advisory Board includes Jonathan Groff; David Hyde Pierce; Philip Lehl; Annie Potts; Lear deBessonet; Michael Mayer; New Georges artistic director Susan Bernfield; Dana Harrel, producing director of La Jolla Playhouse; Lisa McNulty, artistic line producer at Manhattan Theatre Club; Ellen Rusconi, producing director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation; and playwright Gretchen M. Michelfeld, who is also the widow of Beatrice Terry.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.