Inaugural Sundance Directors Retreat Selects Anne Kauffman, Lisa Peterson and Ken Rus Schmoll
By Adam Hetrick
Award-winning directors Anne Kauffman, Lisa Peterson and Ken Rus Schmoll have been selected to participate in the Sundance Institute-LUMA Foundation inaugural Directors Retreat, which will begin July 29 in Arles, France.
Philip Himberg, artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, supervises the program along with producing director Christopher Hibma and program associate Anne Kauffman, who will also participate. It runs through Aug. 9 at the Domaine de l'Armellière.
"We have long felt compelled to understand and support the specific needs of stage directors, and when our director alum, Anne Kaufman, came to us with many of the same concerns, we knew it was time to deepen our support in this area," Himberg said in a statement.
The program marks Sundance's first-ever theatre director-centered residency. According to Sundance, the retreat provides "specific resources to directors in the field, including meeting the identified needs for more opportunities to exchange ideas and practices with other mid-career, freelance directors."
In addition to Obie Award winners Kauffman (Belleville, Detroit, We Have Always Lived in the Castle), Peterson (An Iliad, Shiprwecked) and Schmoll (Red Dog Howls, A Map of Virtue), the retreat will also include Tricycle Theatre artistic director Indhu Rubasingham (Red Velvet), Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, The Good Negro, Angela's Mixtape) and Victory Gardens Theater artistic director Chay Yew (Ainadamar, Rage D'amors).
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