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Student awarded Kennedy Center Fellowship

Tierra Bonser ’12 was recently awarded the Kennedy Center/Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Dramaturgy Fellowship to the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop and New Play Dramaturgy Intensive in association with the National New Play Network. She was presented with the fellowship at the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Kirk J. Miller, Alyssa Dillon, Tierra Bonser, faculty member Rafael Jaen, Juliana Gregori, Erik Skovgaard, and Shanna Allison are pictured the KCACTF Region I Festival.

The fellowship provides funding for Bonser to spend eight days at the Kennedy Center this summer, working as a dramaturg for a festival of new works. She will work alongside professional dramaturgy and directing mentors during the festival.

Bonser was nominated for the fellowship for her work on Emerson Stage’s production of Louis Nowra’s The Golden Age in the spring of 2011, which was directed by Performing Arts faculty member Benny Sato Ambush. Working closely with Ambush and assistant professor and professional dramaturg Magda Romanksa, Bonser’s first dramaturgy experience resulted in an annotated script, interactive lobby display, production blog, and diligent research that helped shape the production as a whole.

Bonser travelled to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with fellow Emerson students Shanna Allison ’13 and Juliana Gregori ’12 as a result of winning awards at the Regional Festival in January. Allison attended as a National KCACTF Fellow for Excellence in Stage Management for her work on She Loves Me, while Gregori attended due to her National KCACTF Award for Excellence in Costume Design for Cloud Nine.

KCACTF is a national theater program for students from colleges and universities nationwide. Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF provides opportunities for students to compete regionally and, if selected, nationally in all areas of theater, including design, acting, production, management, dramaturgy, and playwriting.

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