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Drama Alum Named One of’s 2011 People of the Year

Director Joan Kane (’10) has been named one of’s 2011 People of the Year for her significant contribution to the landscape of independent theater in New York City. Kane was selected for the honor by’s contributors the board of The New York Theatre Experience, Inc.

I am thrilled that nytheatre has recognized my work as a director,, Kane remarks. I am fortunate to be able to work and live as an artist doing my life long passion: telling stories through directing and producing plays., She credits New School for Drama teachers Gary Vena, Casey Biggs, Austin Pendelton, and Jim Simpson for her success. My teachers at Drama were instrumental in teaching me the craft of directing.,

Kane is artistic director of Ego Actus, a theatre company where she directs and produces plays, and collaborates with playwrights to create new works. Her direction of the revival of Saviana Stanescu’s Aliens With Extraordinary Skills was one of the plays that got her recognized by this past year.

We hope to take Aliens With Extraordinary Skills to the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania in June,, she told I am a firm believer in play development and in the next 12 months I am working with playwrights Penny Jackson, Carol Berman, George Dickerson, and Maria Micheles (Drama ’01) to develop their plays in a series of staged readings.,

Her plans for 2012 also include directing an updated version of Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto at The Bridge Theatre, NYC; Altered Texts by Penny Jackson at Turtle Shell Theatre, NYC, in March; and in September, Belinda, a devised, mixed media with puppets production based on the last year of Kafka’s life when he helped a young girl cope with loss.

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