Moore / Wilma Collaboration Earns Barrymore Nomination

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore has been nominated for a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for its collaboration with The Wilma Theater for Scorched: an exhibition.

The Barrymore Awards are the Greater Philadelphia region’s only comprehensive theatre awards program, recognizing artists for excellence and innovation while serving to increase awareness of the richness of the local theatre community.

The 15th Annual Awards will be held on Monday, October 5 at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Moore is among six nominees for The Ted and Stevie Wolf Award for New Approaches to Collaborations.

An interactive installation by fine arts students from Moore opened early this year as part of The Wilma Theater’s East Coast premiere of Scorched, the highly-acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad. Six BFA students of Professor Martha Gelarden’s 3D Junior Studio class spent January reading and researching the play for inspiration. After reviewing interviews of the production’s actors, designers and director, viewing a set model as well as attending table readings and early rehearsals, the students developed a proposal for the installation.

The installation, which was on view through March in the lobby of The Wilma Theater on Broad & Spruce Streets, provided opportunities for silent reflection and invited people to participate in an ongoing, conversation about Scorched. The installation included video, audio, light and an interactive map. Artists included Moore BFA juniors Amanda Moore, Jamie Moore, Chloe Muxart, Dana Osburn, Emma Pouncey and Rosie Raizen.

"As a Moore College professor and employee of The Wilma Theater I had the unique experience of being the in the middle of this daring and exciting collaboration," said Kenneth Deprez, Facilities Manager at the Wilma Theater. "For me, this nomination for a Barrymore Award speaks to the many voices that entered this collaboration and many more voices that came into the fold as a result of it." 

Each year, over 100 productions produced by the region's professional theatres are reviewed by the Barrymore nominating committee, according to the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.  At the annual awards presentation each Fall, the awards are presented to honor excellence in acting, design, choreography, music, education, community service and lifetime achievement.

Moore, the nation’s first and only women’s art college, is celebrating 160 years of educating women for careers in the visual arts. The Culture in the Classroom program at the College pairs Moore’s BFA students in a class assignment that involves a collaboration with professional artists and designers working in the city’s cultural organizations. The program is an extension of the College’s City as Campus initiative. Collaborating organizations have included the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wilma Theater, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and The Arden. Moore’s Culture in the Classroom program is funded by the Phoebe W. Haas Trust A as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno.

In Scorched, twins Janine and Simon receive a surprising request in their late mother’s will: to deliver letters to a father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew existed. These tasks lead them on a suspenseful journey to the heart of their mother’s war-torn Middle Eastern homeland. Unraveling the mystery, they learn about her concealed history as a political activist and prisoner of war and uncover shocking secrets about their own origins. 

Scorched has been funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, through The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program. Scorched is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Wilma Theater’s 30th Anniversary Sponsor is Rohm and Haas. Sporting Club at the Bellevue is a Season Sponsor. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant is Artistic Lead Sponsor, and PECO is the Building the Audiences of Tomorrow Sponsor. Additional support is given by the Charlotte Cushman Foundation.

For more on The Wilma Theater, visit www.wilmatheater.org

For a complete list of nominees and ticket information for the Barrymore Awards, visit http://www.theatrealliance.org/barrymores/index.html


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August 7, 2009
Moore has been nominated for a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for its collaboration with The Wilma Theater for Scorched: an exhibition.

Published on August 7th, 2009