WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams School Workplace of Fellowships has awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowships to 5 class of 2020 graduates pursuing careers within the arts.
The recipients are Caroline Fairweather (theater), Panalee Maskati (dance), Theodore McNally (writing), Alexandra Medeiros (music) and Sydney Rainer (artwork).
The Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship is a money award established in 1940 that’s granted to a member or members of the graduating class to help their continued work within the artistic and performing arts. Prizes of $25,000 are awarded within the classes of writing, artwork, dance, theater and music.
Caroline Fairweather, a theater main from Pittsfield, Mass., will examine postwar Japanese theater and the way it intersects together with her household’s historical past of navy service. With an appreciation for Japanese theater and literature, she’s going to examine on the Suzuki Firm of Toga, the place she plans to give attention to the bodily embodiment and the dramaturgical spine of Suzuki’s items, a lot of which have been impressed by his expertise rising up throughout American occupation. She additionally plans to go to cultural websites and think about Shinto dance performances in Hiroshima, after which journey to Kyoto to review Butoh, a theatrical and distinctly queer dance kind that emerged within the postwar years. An aspiring playwright and performer, at Williams she wrote 5 one-act performs, acted in six full productions and directed two. The summer time after her sophomore yr she studied on the Suzuki Firm of Toga’s Summer time Worldwide Intensive. As a Roche Fellowship recipient, she additionally spent a summer time learning on the Attis Theatre in Athens, Greece, and likewise carried out in a brand new musical with Ghostlit Repertory Theatre Firm, a nonprofit theater collective based mostly in South Egremont, Mass.
Panalee Maskati, a comparative literature main from Bangkok, Thailand, will proceed her coaching in dance, with the objective of becoming a member of knowledgeable trendy dance firm. At Williams she took a wide range of lessons in dance and theater and was a member of CoDa, the faculty’s up to date dance ensemble. She has carried out solo at arts establishments within the Berkshires and New York Metropolis, carried out interdisciplinary dance analysis, based and co-directed a student-led dance ensemble, and devised an unbiased venture in motion analysis. With a dance background that features 12 years of coaching in ballet, up to date and flamenco, she participated with a bunch that reconstructed and carried out two of Ruth St. Denis’ solos for the opening of the “Dance We Should” exhibition on the Williams School Museum of Artwork. As well as, she carried out Jane Dudley’s “The Chicken as Prophet” at The Joyce Theatre below the auspices of the Martha Graham firm. As an aspiring skilled dancer, she is especially occupied with work that melds conventional and up to date kinds and investigates the interrelation between materialities and motion.
Theodore “Ted” McNally, an English main from Williamstown, Mass., plans to proceed writing fictional tales which are grounded in historic and political conditions. The fellowship will help his journey to locations he hopes to write down about and to libraries, museums and different establishments the place he can conduct analysis. At Williams, working below the advisement of Jim Shepard, the J. Leland Miller professor of American Historical past, Literature, and Eloquence, he wrote a set of tales titled “Pizzazz,” which served as his honors thesis in artistic writing. As an undergraduate, he based and facilitated a e book membership on the Berkshire Home of Corrections, the place he additionally edited a magazine that highlights writing by inmates. With the Hutchinson fellowship, he goals to start out the same membership at one other correctional facility subsequent yr.
Alexandra Medeiros, a music main from Barrington, R.I., will spend the subsequent two years instructing low-income, marginalized college students of colour by Train for America. Along with instructing, she intends to review music, together with piano and composition, and proceed composing, performing and collaborating with different musicians, particularly with younger college students and musicians in her group. At Williams, she directed the Gospel Choir and performed bass clarinet within the Wind Ensemble in addition to acting on totally different devices in numerous different ensembles. As an aspiring composer who has gained a number of awards for her compositions, together with Household Conversations and Redemption, she realized to write down for a wide range of devices, methods to notate concepts that don’t align with conventional composition method, and particularly methods to talk with different musicians and to acknowledge criticism. She has additionally explored music as an outlet to specific her identities, ideas, and views, which culminated in a chunk that depicted her inner wrestle of being biracial.
Sydney Rainer, a arithmetic main from Jamaica Plain, Mass., goals to pursue a profession as a multidisciplinary artist. Desirous about artwork through the present international pandemic, she intends to make use of the funds from the Hutchinson fellowship to collaborate with artists and mutual help networks to doc the sensations of disaster and reimagine how folks relate to and take care of each other. Working in collaboration with a variety of artists and organizers, she plans to journey all through the U.S. and its territories — New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Juan — to archive group responses to the pandemic and doc its affect on the disenfranchised. At Williams, she was a digital venture archivist with Williams School Particular Collections, participated in two Williams School artwork reveals, and was a digital archivist for the Williams School Museum of Artwork 2018 exhibition “The Area is The World: Williams, Hawai’i, and Materials Histories within the Making.”
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