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News Maria Dizzia and John Douglas Thompson Are Fox Foundation Fellows
Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia and John Douglas Thompson are among the recipients of the Fox Foundation's 2011 Resident Actor Fellowships.

The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group announced the five actors who have been awarded cash grants that aim to enrich the relationships between artists and resident theatres.

Dizzia (In the Next Room, The Hallway Trilogy, Eurydice), Sandra Delgado and Miriam Silverman are recipients of the Fox Foundation's Extraordinary Potential grants, which awards $15,000 to early-to mid-career actors. The individuals also have the opportunity to access up to an additional $10,000 to pay student loans.

Dizzia, who is aligned with the Yale Repertory Theatre, will travel to China to observe the phenomenon of professional mourners in order to gain insight into freeing the voice and emotional life of the actor. Delgado (Goodman Theatre) will work on the actor-generated and interview-based theatre techniques employed by The Civilians and the Tectonic Theatre Project to develop her own work para mis Madres. Silverman (The Shakespeare Theatre Company) will dedicate herself to a personalized approach to voice and verse work.

Distinguished Achievement recipients, reflecting professional theatre artists with a substantial body of work, include Thompson (Servant of Two Masters, Othello) and Peter Howard. Each will receive $25,000. Their host theatres will receive $7,500 to support their residencies.

Thompson (Theatre for a New Audience) will explore clown technique in preparation for leading roles in Shakespeare's comedies; while Howard (Cornerstone Theater Company) will write and perform a piece that explores six former Cornerstone host communities and the changes that have happened since the company's residency.

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