Awards for Theater Alums Michal Zadara ’99 and Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel ’94

The Theater Department has recently received news of major awards for three alums, one of whom is also a part-time faculty member.

Martin Carrillo ’97 will receive a 2008 Garland Award at a ceremony on March 31st in Southland for his sound design of Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings. The production, described by one critic as an “epic fusion of musical theatre, opera, martial arts, and even world-class anime,” featured a diverse set of musical styles, including operatic, rock, Broadway, electronic techno, and Asian drumming. Carrillo’s work, noted by some as “eerie” and “decibel-shattering,” also garnered him an Ovation Award, his second. Carrillo is principal sound designer for Current Television’s “SuperNews,” an animated series that takes a satirical look at U.S. politics.

Michal (Mike) Zadara ’99 won the annual PASSPORT Award for Theater in Warsaw for his directorial work to date, which consists of twelve professional productions in Poland and Germany since 2004, including his debut at the National Theater in Warsaw in 2007. The PASSPORT Award is given by the weekly news magazine POLITYKA and has no exact theatrical counterpart in the US, but carries the same prestige as the Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award. One such award is given each year in literature, music, art, film, and theater. The published award citation for Zadara noted his “impressive creative output” and how his productions “restore faith in theater as a space of artistic freedom.” There will also be a two-week festival showcasing five of Zadara’s productions in Warsaw, March 29-April 12, 2008. Michal Zadara graduated from Swarthmore with an honors major in directing in Theater and a minor in Political Science, and in 2004 graduated from the postgraduate directing program of the Krakow State Drama School, where he studied under the renowned Polish director Krystian Lupa. Michal has worked with directing students in the College’s Poland Program since 2004.

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel ’94 was one of six actors nationally awarded a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, in the category of those demonstrating “Extraordinary Potential.” The fellowship carries a significant cash award both to Bauriedel and to Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia, in which he is a founding member and co-artistic director together with Dan Rothenberg ’94 and Dito Van Reigersberg ’94. Quinn was commencement speaker for his graduating class in 1994, graduated from the L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 1997, was awarded a Luce Fellowship in theater to Bali in 2000-2001, and was the first College alumnus hired to teach in the Department of Theater in 2002. He has annually served as a part-time assistant professor of acting since that time. Details of the award can be found by visiting the GRANTS section of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG). The award was announced in the January issue of AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.