An introduction to Orff music

At the Halloween concert, students played drums, xylophones and other percussion instruments as they sang.

At the Halloween concert, students played drums, xylophones and other percussion instruments as they sang.

Parents who made it to Thursday’s Lower School Halloween concert  got a glimpse into our latest addition to the music program: Orff Schulwerk.

It’s a form of musical education developed in the 1920s and ’30s by German composer Carl Orff (best known for “Carmina Burana,” which is included in the soundtrack of any number of movies) and Gunild Keetman, a composer and educator.

“Since the beginning of time,” said Orff, “children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child’s play.”

Houk explores rhythms with our PreK students.

Houk explores rhythms with our PreK students.

And that’s the inspiration of the Orff system. It incorporates singing, rhythm, dance and play in a way that kids don’t even realize they’re learning. “Experience first,” Orff writes. “Then intellectualize.”

“The idea is that the students feel the music in their bodies,” says new Lower School music teacher Rachel Houk. “When we start, the students do percussion — snaps, claps,patting and stamping things like that — then we sing and move on to hand percussion instruments — sticks and drums — and finally to xylophones. The xylophones allow students to focus on melodic elements of music making.”

Movement help students understand music. Orff wrote music is "never music alone but forms a unity with movement dance and speech."

Movement help students understand music. Orff wrote music is “never music alone but forms a unity with movement dance and speech.”

Parents who attended the concert yesterday heard the students sing “The Ghost of John.” Houk said the instruction of that song started with her telling a ghost story, then the students hunted for ghosts in the classroom. They found rhythms in the words of the song and incorporated them into their performance. The students playing the xylophones created their own parts based on the rhythms and some guidelines from Houk. The result was entirely musical and enchanting.

It teaches students that music can be created by all — not just the musically inclined.

“There’s the play element, the movement and the rhythms,” Houk says. “It’s a playful way to engage all the students. And because the tasks being asked of them are carefully built upon, the success level is high.  Students are actively engaged in creating their own music so the material really becomes their own.  This high level of engagement and feeling of success is at the heart of the Orff philosophy.”

The skills students learn in Orff music instruction become skills they can draw on in other areas. For instance, it develops critical thinking and problem-solving tasks. It also builds skills of patience, support and tolerance used in group work. It helps them get in touch with their emotions and develop an aesthetic as to what “good” music is. And, of course, it will help them as they advance to other instruments. The strong rhythmic sensibilities, understanding of melodic elements, improvisational and ensemble skills of performing in a group (balance, staying together, feeling the beat together, ability to play independently within the ensemble) all build better musicians.

The idea is to awaken artistic potential in all students and to help them realize music is, as Orff says, “never music alone, but forms a unity with movement dance and speech.”

Parents who want to understand more about the Orff music program can click here or come to Monday’s Lower School Parents Association Meeting at 8:15 a.m. in Room B1 in the Lower School, when Houk will make a presentation on Orff.

By Ron Bernas

A legacy of art

McGee demonstrates for a rapt artist.

McGee demonstrates for a rapt artist.

The results of the Hoag-Bicket Artist-in-Residence program can be seen around campus.

The tile installation outside the dining room is one place. The tiles, made by long-graduated students, still draw the attention of passersby who see in some of them the tentative strokes of a student learning a new skill and in others, the work of a bolder artist.

Eighth-graders helped the youngsters with ideas.

Eighth-graders helped the youngsters with ideas.

The whimsical suns that shine down on the lunch line used by the littlest kids is another place. And last year the work done — tables with underwater scenes in ceramics — was auctioned off at our Liggett Knight fundraiser. This year, the results — jack o’lantern tiles — will adorn the houses of our little artists.

The Hoag-Bickett program was created in 1985 by the family of Julie Hoag-Bickett, ’75, who loved ceramics and the studio arts. Every year since then a noted ceramicist has spent two days in the school working with students, sometimes toward an installation, other times on a personal project.

A dedicated artist.

A dedicated artist.

This year, the artist was David McGee who, since 1996, has been a senior designer at Detroit’s legendary Pewabic Pottery. McGee came to the attention of Lower School art teacher Patty Logan and Upper School art teacher Karen Katanick when they took a class with him at Pewabic Pottery. It’s McGee’s second stint as an artist-in-residence here and he returned because he enjoyed it so much the first time.

The results, before glazing and firing.

The results, before glazing and firing.

“The youth is our future,” he said. “It sounds so cliche but it’s true. Technology is so predominate in our kids’ world that it’s important they get to be digital in another way. They get to use the other side of their brain.”

And the students seemed to enjoy it. He worked with the kindergarteners, showing them how to transfer a drawing of a jack-o-lantern onto their clay as a pattern for carving. When they had finished, they got extra clay they banged on with their fists, a smile on their faces.

McGee also worked with the Upper School ceramics students.

“Sometimes you get a new perspective from somebody who’s not their everyday teacher,” he said. “It’s good to incorporate a lot of different ideas.”

That way, they come into themselves as artists.

By Ron Bernas

The importance of becoming a patron

If you love the arts, Liggett has a great way for you to help our student artists reach their full potential: Become a patron of the arts.

The cast of the fall comedy "The Butler Did it" rehearses. The show goes up in November.

The cast of the fall comedy “The Butler Did it” rehearses. The show goes up in November.

Our Patrons Program started in the 1980s but fizzled out after a while. When the performing arts department started encouraging students to attend and showcase their talents at state and national festivals, the program returned, stronger than before.

“We wanted the students to be able to attend these festivals, and we thought we could help raise funds for that and at the same time treat some of our good friends to something special,” said Dr. Phill Moss, chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

So patrons get reserved seats at the school plays and concerts and will have voting rights for our arts awards at the end of the year. This year, a pre-show dinner is included for the fall comedy, “The Butler Did It” and the spring musical, “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” You also receive invitations to all the art exhibits in the Manoogian Arts Wing. What does the school get? Funds to allow students to attend events like state and national festivals.

There is a third play being presented this year and in many ways it’s a direct result of the Patrons Program.

Aaron Robertson was one of our Liggett scholars who discovered a love of theater while here. He appeared in a couple productions and started writing for the stage. He took his play, “The Christian Soothsayer,” to a state competition, where he received such accolades, it went to the national festival where it was one of only a few student-written productions to receive a full staging.

Without the money raised by the Patrons Program, the state festival would have been out of Aaron’s reach.

And, of course, Aaron’s not the only one touched by their experience with the arts at Liggett. Moss recently received this email from an alumni who lives out of state, but wanted to become a patron for personal reasons:

“My time in Liggett theater was both affirming and enriching.  I am sure as a petulant teenager, I never adequately expressed the appreciation I had for all you did for me.  The email would quickly turn boorish if I were to share all of the stories from the past 30 years that I reflected on wisdom you gave me and how you influenced me.  Just know that you gave me one of the single most important insights into myself, and that as I work with my own daughters and their friends, I reflect on how you worked with and motivated me.  You were truly one of the guardian angels that made me who I am today.”

Download the form here and help keep Liggett arts strong.

By Ron Bernas

Alumna heads to the silver screen

Most Thursdays we devote this space to news for and about our alumni, who are such a vital part of life at Liggett.

Stacie Hadgikosti-Mitchell ’00 is connecting with her Liggett theater roots in a new major motion picture set to be released in 2014. Stacie is playing a supporting role in the new film “Opening Night” starring some big time stars. Anthony Rapp of “Rent” fame and Cheyenne Jackson from “30 Rock” round out the cast of “Opening Night.” The film is being directed by Jack Henry Robbins, son of Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.

opening NightTaking place entirely during the opening night of a high school’s production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Opening Night” chronicles the onstage disasters and off-stage drama of a group of students, their drama teacher and a visiting B-list TV star.

“I play Keyla” Stacie said, “the high school theater diva who adds fuel to the fire. I had such a fun time filming this project. Everyone on set was amazing, talented and down to earth.”

The film was shot in Los Angeles and is currently in post-production. See more details and stay updated on the film’s release by liking their Facebook page here. Also, check out a few great articles about the film that Stacie sent along to us here and here.

By Savannah Lee, Alumni Relations Manager

Red carpet and reviews

Dr. Phillip Moss, Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at University Liggett School, takes a group of students every year to the Toronto International Film Festival for a weekend of premieres and fun. But it’s also an educational trip. Here, Moss explains how.

Film Works, part of the student-run Players theater organization, has planned trips to the Toronto International Film festival for three years. The project grew out of a desire to explore independent film culture while diving into the “festival circuit.”

Amanda Conti Duhaime, Ron Howard, and senior Henry Duhaime at the opening of Howard's new film "Rush" at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Amanda Conti Duhaime, Ron Howard, and senior Henry Duhaime at the opening of Howard’s new film “Rush” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

This school-sponsored trip provides students from our directing and production, introduction to film, stills to screen, and theater performance classes with the opportunity to experience the world of the “red carpet” and world premieres. Students volunteer for the trip each spring and spend the summer researching the films that have been selected for the festival.  In August the group selects which films to see and purchases tickets. The Players/Film Works group has seen the world premieres of “The Artist” and “Argo” which went on to win Academy Awards. This year there are high hopes among the group for “12 Years A Slave” as a possible award winner.

Following up on this kick-off activity, the students in Film Works develop trips to our own DIA Film Theatre to continue their explorations of the world of film. Each month, the student-led group selects films and arranges to meet at the DIA for special events. The highlight of the year is the February showing of the Academy Award-nominated short film selections.  In addition to seeing films, the Film Works group is also active in producing and is a major force behind the student-led film festival in May.

What follows are reviews of movies seen at the Toronto International Film Festival by our students.

12 Years a Slave, reviewed by Nicholas Wu, Class of ’14

Slavery has left an indelible black mark on American history, but very few films have actually covered that time period. Films that do involve slavery tend to gloss over its brutality or take the film’s violence to the extreme level as in “Django Unchained.” Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” however, is able to present slavery in a way that is both mortifying and moving without becoming numbing. Set before the Civil War, the film is the true story of Solomon Northrup, portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Northrup was a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, toiling for 12 years on Louisianan plantations.

As Northrup tries to survive his bondage with some semblance of independence and humanity, all the injustices of the pre-Civil War period are thrown into stark relief. That moral depravity is best presented by Michael Fassbender’s character, a plantation owner who strips away at his own heart with every lash he takes to his slaves. The excellent acting from most of the cast as well as the sound design truly help to transport the viewer to a world that seems almost otherworldly in its turpitude, even though we are merely 150 years removed. “Twelve Years a Slave” is a movie that will provoke introspection in all who see it, and it is a must-see when it is commercially released.

Only Lovers left Alive, reviewed by Jewell Evans, Class of ’14

This vampire romance film, featuring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, and Anton Yelchin, was a stark yet beautiful depiction of love and its continuity in a place and age where love seems to be dead.

Named after the first lovers, Adam and Eve (Hiddleston and Swinton), two ancient vampires, love in the deserted areas of Detroit (Yes I said Detroit) and eventually near Morocco. Though the plot is slow and difficult to grasp due to its subtlety, the dialogue and filmic technique are worthy of scholarly discussion.  The film is definitely on the higher end of conceptual.  It is food for the mind of thinkers.  On a more personal note, it was lovely to see familiar places on the big screen.  Some shots were taken within driving distance of my house!  I do hope to see more cameras in the city of Detroit.

 Concrete Night, reviewed by Anna Rose Canzano, Class of ’14

Visually, “Concrete Night” is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, with its stunning black and white imagery. About identity, opportunity, and what we pass on to younger generations, it tells the story of Simo, a teenage boy who lives in Helsinki. His brother is going to prison the next day, and his mother leaves them on their own. Throughout the course of the day, what Simo sees verges from reality. After a slow beginning, the film includes a misread encounter with a photographer, a violent climax, and prophecies involving scorpions.

I left the theater unsure of what I thought of “Concrete Night.” But after ruminating a bit, I realized that it is a work of art. Like director Pirjo Honkasalo said during the Q&A, she left only the essential to expose the layers underneath. The minimalism allowed me to see profound meaning. For example, the film asks what is the one thing we should be afraid of: hope or fear?

 Attila Marcel, reviewed by Anna Rose Canzano, Class of ’14 

As I watched “Attila Marcel,” I could not stop smiling. The contagious happiness spread to the rest of the audience too, and the theater was full of laughter. The film tells the story of Paul, a mute pianist man-child who befriends an eccentric neighbor. There are ukuleles, hallucinogenic herbal tea, twin aunts, and a band dressed in frog costumes. It is comic and colorful; it is fun and magical.

From the first shot to the last, “Attila Marcel” is pure charm.

Cannibal, reviewed by Joe Pas, Class of ’15

When I entered Manuel Martín Cuenca’s “Cannibal,” I wasn’t expecting much. I’ve had a long-standing, albeit misguided, prejudice against foreign films, so I was prepared for the worst. Much to my surprise, “Cannibal” turned out to be my favorite film at the festival.

The film focuses on a Spanish tailor named Carlos (played by Antonio de la Torre) who also happens to kill and eat beautiful women. Eventually, a Romanian woman (Olimpia Melinte) moves in upstairs, and Carlos promptly befriends and eats her. When her sister Nina (also Olimpia Melinte) comes looking for her, Carlos begins to plot his next move. Over time, however, Carlos realizes he has fallen in love with Nina, and he is unable to bring himself to murder her.

I came out of “Cannibal” thoroughly impressed. The film made masterful use of the camera, and the lack of a soundtrack added to the uneasy feeling of the entire work. The contrast between Carlos’ life as a tailor and his secret life as a cannibal is striking and illustrates the fact that evil can lurk just below the surface. The movie captures you, and at the movie’s climax, Carlos’ plight may even elicit a pang of sympathy from the viewer. The movie does have weaknesses, such as an unexplained sub-plot involving Carlos’ work as a tailor, but overall, the movie is excellent, in terms of film-making, storyline, and quality of acting.

Thank you for the music, Mrs. Fenton

Tonight marks the end of an era at University Liggett School: It is the last spring concert presided over by longtime music teacher Grace Fenton. For 24 years she’s presided over concerts like this and tonight beginning at 7 p.m. she will conduct the Lower School choir for the last time.

The combined after-school choir rehearses with Grace Fenton

The combined after-school choir rehearses with Grace Fenton

If you have even a passing knowledge of our performing arts curriculum, you know Grace Fenton, even if you became a member of the Liggett family in the Middle or Upper Schools. At the All-School Holiday Concert and at commencement, she’s the one conducting the combined choirs. At Homecoming she’s the one in the funny hats leading the parade and the school in the fight song. She’s been known to join student string groups in the role of cellist. Her conducting can be a show in itself: Her arms sweep in wide arcs, her body swaying to the beat, her face demonstrating all the excitement she wants her students to display when they are singing.

And if you were lucky enough to know Grace Fenton as a teacher of music, you know that there are few people more committed to helping kids understand, experiment with and enjoy music.

Mrs. Fenton spends a lot of time picking out the right songs with the right messages. The songs need to challenge the students, students need to like singing them, they need to support the curriculum and they need to have an uplifting message. Tonight’s concert list is no exception. They are singing songs that relate to the Lower School’s water theme — a song about whales is one example that encourages being smart about protecting our water and the creatures that live in it. She wrote another to support the Michigan history curriculum of the third grade.

The students will also sing “Moon River.” She said she’s been wanting to include this song in a concert for years and with the water theme, and her retiring, it’s the perfect time.

“The line is ‘waiting ’round the bend, my Huckleberry friend,’ and you have to think that at that time in his life Huckleberry had no job and no home, but be wasn’t scared about what he couldn’t see beyond the bend in the river,” she said. “I want that for these kids: I want them to be adventurers, to not be afraid of what’s coming.”

It’s an old song, and its one the students probably have never heard, but Mrs. Fenton is gratified with the students’ response. “They know instinctively when something is valuable, and the children all sing that song with such dignity. It’s really beautiful.”

Mrs. Fenton started at Liggett as the vocal music teacher for grades two through four and the accelerated reading teacher. Over the years she taught more grades vocal music, added keyboarding to the curriculum then replacing that with a strings program. Though there have been changes over the years, there are just two things that kept her content in her job: “The kids and the music. It is that simple. It’s the kids and the music. Children making music is unlike anyone else making music.”

Mrs. Fenton hopes that from her teaching, students “will be open to the whole palette that music has to offer. I want them to love music and to be good listeners of music and to be careful that the words in the music they love uphold the best of humanity.”

Why leave now? Well, she says, it’s just time.

“I believe you should go when you still love it and when it’s never gone better. As hard as that is to do, that’s what you’ve got to do,” she said. She will miss the children, of course: “But I have to not dwell on it.”

Her life outside of Liggett is filled with six grandchildren and a rewarding position as choirmaster at Knox Presbyterian Church where she oversees a large adult choir.

Tonight’s concert will end with Abba’s “Thank You For the Music,” a fitting end to a concert and Fenton’s time at Liggett.

This story will end with something Mrs. Fenton said that needs to stand alone: “If you’re going to add something beautiful to the world, add music.”

More than a generation of Liggett students have added beauty to the world through music under the baton of Grace Fenton. Thank you, Grace, for the music.

By Ron Bernas 

Brother act

As a child, Sean Diaz would come up with crazy schemes that he would talk his younger brother, Patrick, into doing. By example, they start to tell a story about a creek at their aunt’s house and the bridge they built over it. They laugh about it, but don’t elaborate much. You get the feeling it’s long and involved, and may not have been the smartest idea.

Patrick, left, and Sean Diaz

Patrick, left, and Sean Diaz

This weekend, they’re taking part in another one of Sean’s schemes, but this one is much safer and even educational. The two will perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in a scene for which they suit their characters well. The play is Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker” and the scene is one in which shop clerk Cornelius convinces the younger, innocent Barnaby, to create an accident that will close the shop they work at so they can have an adventure in New York. Their goals: Fall in love, have a great meal and almost get arrested. Sean plays Cornelius; Patrick plays Barnaby. They chose the scene after seeing — and laughing hard at — “The Matchmaker” at the Shakespeare festival in Stratford, Ontario.

They are the only two Liggett performers to go. To get to this festival, the duo had to receive a superior rating at the state acting festival. Other Liggett performers received superiorsm but none chose to participate this year in the MYAF. The weekend festival, at Western Michigan University, includes workshops and performances. The Diaz brothers have been practicing at home and at school for months and, while they won’t be rated on their performance, but they wanted one last hurrah.

The two — who are lifers at Liggett — have been acting in plays since Middle School. In Upper School they have made their marks onstage in musicals and backstage for the straight plays. Patrick, a junior, plays tennis and was named the team’s MVP this year and Sean is the head of the school’s badminton club. (Didn’t know there was one, either.)

For Sean, acting is on his career path: In the fall, he will attend the Savannah College of Art and Design to study film, advertising and, perhaps writing. For Patrick, it’s a hobby: He’s interested in medicine.

Either way, the skills and confidence that come when you are comfortable in front of crowds, telling stories and learning how to make people laugh are all skills that will come in handy in any situation. Good luck, guys.

By Ron Bernas

Mugs and Mugshots

Liggett’s partnership with Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery is in its third year, a demonstration of our continued connectivity with the city in which the school is rooted.

Our eighth-graders visited Pewabic Pottery twice and during their visits, created clay mugs. The students also toured Pewabic’s museum and learned about the rich history of the company, its origins, saw examples of artists’ work, and photos showing dozens of Detroit locations where Pewabic pottery tiles can be seen.

I could say more, but the photos of the students with their work display both their skills and their personality.

By Jim Pujdowski
Art Instructor

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Inspired by art

On a recent morning, the PreK-4 class walked through the school to the art room that just feels like an artist’s studio. Artwork in various stages of completion lines the shelves and tables. Older artwork — by students and reprints of masters — leans against the walls.  It’s jam-packed with atmosphere and if you don’t feel like an artist in this room, you probably never will.

Patty Logan demonstrates for the PreK-4 class.

Lower School art teacher Patty Logan oversees this artist’s loft that also benefits in ambiance from the windows that angle out along one whole wall, giving a near-panoramic view of the outdoors. The PreK-4s were ready to make art. But first, Logan wanted to show them a little inspiration — the glass art of Dale Chihuly. A legendary artist, Chihuly’s work is on display in museums and collections around the world. The students watched a short video, rapt, as a small piece of molten glass is turned by the artists in Chihuly’s studio into enormous bowl-like works for a series called Macchia, the Italian word for “spotted.”

The fifth-grade classes created cakes in the style of Wayne Thiebaud.

The students then got a chance to create their own Macchia, but in a way much more suited to their age. With a coffee filter as a canvas, the students carefully — and some not so carefully, but no less artfully — created intricate designs in red and blue and yellow and green. A group of 4-year-olds, all with paintbrushes, is something most adults might want to avoid, but Logan seemed to enjoy it, encouraging, suggesting, redirecting and helping all with a smile on her face.

When the students were done, Logan, with the help of teachers Gail Janutol and Kristin McLeod, wrapped the coffee filters around the bottom of a cup to dry. After they were dry, Logan planned to spray them with starch to stiffen them up. The end result is a unique work of art not unlike Chihuly’s Macchia.

Logan says showing students artwork by famous artists is a great way to inspire them. The fifth-graders drew cakes in the style of artist Wayne Thiebaud. Individually, each is a small gem. As a grouping, the artwork takes on a life of its own.

On May 2, the Lower School Art and Strings program combines the artwork of Lower School students with the musical talents of the strings players in grades three through five. But the Manoogian Arts Wing walls are already filled with artwork that should inspire the artist in all of us.

By Ron Bernas

Playwright retells Detroit’s story

Each Thursday we feature news for and about alumni, such a big part of the life of Liggett.

I received a lovely phone call earlier this week from Mercilee “Lee” Jenkins ’64. A playwright, Lee had some exciting news to share about her newest work, and I jumped at the chance to feature it for this week’s blog post. Lee happily agreed, and sent along some wonderful information!

Lee is a celebrated playwright, poet and performing artist in addition to being a professor of Communication & Performance Studies at San Francisco State University. She has many impressive credits including the plays, Dangerous Beauty: Love in the Age of Earthquakes and AIDS, A Credit to Her Country, The Two-Bit Tango, Menopause and Desire or 452 Positions on Love, and She Rises Like a Building to the Sky, which was recently published. She also co-edited an anthology of essays and performance pieces entitled Sexualities and Communication in Everyday Life.  She has received grants for her playwriting from the Horizons Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the California Institute for Contemporary Art as well as Distinguished Performance Awards from the National Communication Association and the Western States Communication Association.

She sounds busy, right? Well, Lee hasn’t stopped there, up next her work is being

Click here and print the show’s flyer.

performed here in Michigan. Lee has written a play called Spirit of Detroit, and it’s being performed at University of Michigan on March 23-24 in the UMMA auditorium at 7 p.m.

The play is being performed by a group of students as part of a project called the Understanding Race Project, part of U of M’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences themed semester for Winter 2013. The Understanding Race Project aims to explore the idea of race as a social construct. Check it out here.

Lee’s work is a perfect fit for the project. Spirit of Detroit tells the story of two people, a black man and a white woman, who return to Detroit after a long absence to find a very different city. They grew up in different worlds only three blocks from each other, survived the 1967 riot together, and meet again 40 years later.  As they revisit their past, they come to a new understanding of their relationship to each other and the future of the city.

Lee says she was inspired to write the play after her own trip to Detroit in 2004 after a 14-year absence. The play began as a one woman show about Lee’s own upbringing in Detroit. As the play developed, she felt it needed a second voice. “I wanted to find an African American man who had grown up around the same time I did in the same area who was willing to tell some of his stories.  Fortunately, I found Thomas Phinnessee, who generously shared his experiences, which became the basis for the character, Anthony.  The fact that he is an artist made possible the evolution of this play into what it has become and gives me hope for the city of Detroit where art and music manage to thrive against all the odds or maybe because of them.”

In addition to this run of the play, Spirit of Detroit was selected for the New Plays Festival in Detroit and the Theatre Bay Area Playwrights Showcase and has received staged readings in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Chicago. In June, the play will receive a staged reading at the Arts Club in New York as well.

A big thanks to Lee for sharing this exciting news! We are always looking to share stories and news from our alumni. If you have a story to share send it to me at or call the Alumni Office at 313.884.4444, Ext. 415.

Savannah Lee
Alumni Relations Manager