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2020 DTSA Booth Award Honoring Mimi Lien

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May 29, 2020
May 29, 2020
Segal Theater
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Designer Mimi Lien is the winner of the 2020 Edwin Booth Award,
conferred annually by PhD students at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Photo Credit: Alec Duffy

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the traditional in-person event is replaced by an enduring online tribute — http://mimilien.edwinboothaward.com/ — to launch officially on May 29th, 2020. 

Check back here for links to streaming videos by Pig Iron Theatre Company & Mimi Lien: SUPERTERRANEAN (5/29-5/31) and LOVE UNPUNISHED (6/1-6/3)

The 2020 Booth Award Website celebrates four of Mimi Lien’s landmark undertakings — a) An Octoroon, b) Superterranean, c) Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, and d) the Brooklyn performance space JACK — alongside five-minute-or-less video tributes from academics and from her acclaimed collaborators. 

Artists contributing include: Rachel Chavkin (The Great Comet, Hadestown), Dan Rothenberg (Pig Iron), Alec Duffy (JACK), Jennifer Kidwell (Underground Railroad Game), Tony Torn (Ubu Sings Ubu), as well as designers, performers, playwrights, and technicians. 

Mimi Lien designs sets and environments for theatre, dance, and opera. Arriving at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She is co-founder of JACK, the inclusion-minded performance space in Brooklyn; sits on the Board of Directors at Soho Rep; and is a core company member of Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia), where she was recently the lead artist of SUPERTERRANEAN (‘19), the company’s epic piece of “visual theatre.” 

Her visual dramaturgy has been central to some of the most celebrated shows in recent NYC history, including Fairview, An Octoroon, Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, John, and Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812. Her work has been recognized with the Obie Award, Hewes Design Award, Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Bessie Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship. 

A brief ceremony, which includes Mimi Lien’s unboxing of the Booth Award and a tour of http://mimilien.edwinboothaward.com/ and be live-streamed in English on HowlRound TV Friday, May 29th at 7:30PM.

In conjunction with the award The Segal Center will be streaming Pig Irons SUPERTERRANEAN (2019) from 5/29/20 through 5/31/20 on the Segal Center YouTube Channel and LOVE UNPUNISHED (2005) from 6/01/20 through 6/03/20, on the Segal Center YouTube Channel. Links to these YouTube videos will be posted on the Segal Center’s event page

The Edwin Booth Award was established in 1983 by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA) to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the New York City/American Theatre and Performance Community. Recipients of the annual Booth Award are nominated and elected exclusively by students in the program. Named after the nineteenth-century tragedian Edwin Booth, renowned for his intellectual curiosity, the award promotes integration of the professional and academic theatre communities. The 2019 Booth Award was given to Ishmael Houston-Jones. Past honorees include: Ellen Stewart (’84), Joseph Papp (’89), Dixon Place (’99), HERE Arts Center (’06), Mabou Mines (’07), Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir (’16), Taylor Mac (’17), Young Jean Lee (’18) and others.

Follow Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance and the Graduate Center, CUNY on Instagram @phdtheatregradcentercuny, or click here for Facebook.  

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The Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance is one of the leading doctoral theatre programs in the United States, offering students a rigorous grounding in the theory, history, and criticism of theatre studies, while encouraging interdisciplinary thinking. The program embraces the rich cultural resources of New York City, with its professional theatre specialists, institutions, and myriad productions, as well as its library and museum facilities and its archives and private collections. Although the program emphasizes academic studies, attempts are made to form alliances of understanding between scholars and practitioners whenever possible. http://www.gc.cuny.edu/theatre 

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