Julie Taymor, the Tony, Academy, Emmy, and Drama desk award winning director who brought us such beloved theatrical and operatic pieces as The Lion King (1997) and The Flying Dutchman (1996), has recently announced a new fellowship for directors. The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship will select four directors between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-nine to travel abroad to ‘go far away and be out of your comfort zone’. Taymor benefitted from a similar fellowship, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, to travel to Eastern Europe, Indonesia and Japan to study visual and experimental puppet theatre.
A statement from the Fellowship website explains that the principles behind the fellowship are “to provide travel opportunities for enterprising young theater directors to immerse themselves in artistic experiences beyond our [American] borders; thereby, expanding their creative horizons to include previously undiscovered styles and techniques which can best be experienced in direct dialogue and work with creative artists from other cultures.”
For more information, or to apply for the fellowship, visit http://www.tjtwtf.com.
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