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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Paula Vogel Joins Yale School of Drama


New Haven, Conn. — Yale University President Richard C. Levin has announced the appointment of Paula Vogel as the Eugene O’Neill Professor (Adjunct) and Chair of the Department of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2008.
Paula Vogel

“Yale School of Drama’s leadership role in theatre training is a source of pride and celebration for the entire University,” said Levin. “The appointment of Ms. Vogel reflects our commitment to attracting not only the most talented students, but also the world’s leading practitioners to serve as their teachers.”

James Bundy, Dean of Yale School of Drama, said: “Paula Vogel has distinguished herself as a unique and profoundly accomplished playwright and teacher. Her extraordinary artistic achievements are matched only by her tireless commitment to, and remarkable track record in, the training and mentoring of young writers. I am certain that her vital intelligence and creative spirit will inspire not only the Playwriting Department, but also the entire Yale School of Drama community, and I look forward to her influence on our program for years to come.”

Vogel has served as director of the M.F.A. and Undergraduate Playwriting programs at Brown University since 1984, and is the Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor in Creative Writing there. She previously taught courses in the Theatre Arts and Women’s Studies programs at Cornell University.

One of the most widely produced and honored playwrights of her generation, Vogel counts among her acclaimed works: “The Long Christmas Ride Home,” “The Mineola Twins,” “How I Learned to Drive,” “Hot ‘n’ Throbbing,” “The Baltimore Waltz,” “Desdemona,” “And Baby Makes Seven” and “The Oldest Profession.” Her work has garnered numerous awards and prizes including the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Susan Smith Blackburn Award, New York Drama Critics Award, Obie Award, AT&T New Plays Award, among many others, as well as fellowships from the Pew Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her plays are published by Theatre Communications Group. Vogel received her bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and completed her graduate training at Cornell University. She is currently working on a new play, titled “A Civil War Christmas,” and her memoir, “Beyond the Beltway.”

“I am delighted and honored to join Yale School of Drama, an institution with a distinguished history in the American theatre, and a vibrant theatrical community forged by students and faculty alike,” Vogel said. “My two decades of teaching have convinced me that we have one of the most exciting generations in playwriting now emerging, and I’m looking forward to re-imagining as well as helping to remake American theatre in the 21st century with younger artists and my colleagues at Yale. Yale is well positioned to launch, sustain and inspire the paths of American artists in the theatre through its dedication to a rigorous, passionate and communal inquiry and practice of theatre.”

Vogel will interview applicants for the Playwriting Department’s Class of 2011 this winter and spring, and will assume full-time duties at the School of Drama beginning July 1, 2008.


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