Contemporary Theater in the News

Elliot Norton Awards Will Be Held Virtually This Year; Johnny Lee Davenport Wins Posthumous Award

Thursday, April 16, 2020 WBUR

More than 10 Boston Conservatory students, alumni, faculty, and staff were nominated for 2020 Elliot Norton Awards—including Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actor, Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Outstanding Choreography, and Outstanding Musical Direction, among others—and more than 20 were involved in nominated productions across 24 categories.

12 Plays and Musicals that Mattered in Boston this Year

Monday, December 23, 2019 WBUR's The Artery

WBUR's recap of Boston's influential theater works in 2019 has numerous Conservatory connections, including Adina Verson (B.F.A. '05, musical theater) in Indecent, Yewande Odetoyinbo (M.F.A. '18, musical theater) in Caroline or Change, Carl Hsu (M.F.A. '15, musical theater) and Micheline Wu (M.F.A. '18, musical theater) in Pacific Overtures, as well as theater faculty member Igor Golyak as artistic director with Arlekin Players.

Lights. Camera. Senior Center?

Sunday, December 22, 2019 The New York Times

Alum Matthew Hoffman (B.F.A. '04, musical theater) has become a celebrity, if not quite the kind he had envisioned, when he started to volunteer at a senior center as a type of acting coach a few years ago. He helps people in their 70s, 80s and 90s perform scenes from films like Casablanca, Brokeback Mountain, and The Wizard of Oz, even providing wigs and costumes for special videotaped performances.

For New Faces, A Key Role in 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019 The Boston Globe

The overall portrait of Boston theater in 2019 is defined by numerous young artists whose faces made their presence felt, month after month. Conservatory highlights include alumni Katrina Z. Pavao (M.F.A. '19, musical theater) and playwright Alexis Scheer (B.F.A. '14, musical theater), as well as theater faculty member Marianna Bassham.

At This Thanksgiving, The Politically Woke Get Carved

Thursday, October 17, 2019 The Boston Globe

The Thanksgiving Play follows a troupe of artists straining to create a culturally sensitive theater work that simultaneously celebrates Thanksgiving while honoring Native American Heritage Month. Directed by Conservatory Dean of Theater Scott Edmiston with a cast featuring Conservatory faculty member Jesse Hinson.