Drama Students Chosen for London Theatre Exchange


Congratulations to Drama alumni playwright Janine Nabers ’08 and alumni actors Zoe Anastassiou ’07, Chae Costello ’10, and student Daliya Karnofsky ’12 for being selected among the American winners of the 2011 T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange, in partnership with Old Vic New Voices program in London. From over 800 applicants, the four were among 50 theater artists from the United States selected to travel to London for the Exchange. This unique program is designed to nurture the best young British and American theatre practitioners. Supported by the T.S. Eliot Estate, the T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange offers 21-30 year old artists the opportunity to develop their skills by engaging with the theatre communities on the other side of the Atlantic.

This May, 50 British actors, writers, directors and producers, will travel from London to New York to engage in a week of cultural activity and artistic development, including a showcase at a high profile Manhattan venue. Following the NY Exchange, the 50 selected American artists will then travel to London to take part in a similar program at The Old Vic, the historical home of theatrical legends including Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, and now under the artistic direction of Kevin Spacey.

Throughout the weeklong Exchange, artists will participate in a challenging mix of master classes, networking opportunities, rehearsals, meetings with senior industry representatives and theatre trips, as well as having the opportunity to create new work with their peers.

The Exchange ran for the first time last year and was a resounding success, and included Drama alums Tatiana Suarez-Pico ’05, Laura Gourdine ’08, and Tai Verley ’08 among the inaugural group.