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Feb. 12, 2003
THEATRE PROFESSOR WINS FELLOWSHIP
OSWEGO -- Joseph Rial, assistant professor of theatre at SUNY Oswego, has received a national fellowship from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for a two-week summer intensive design class with the Tony Award-winning scenic designer Ming Cho Lee.
"I am very excited about this," Rial said.
The class for 12 selected designers will take place from June 29 to July 13 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. There will be concurrent classes in costume and lighting design, each with their own resident directors.
"We will render and create models for a design workshop. Ming will be the scenic guide and will probably dine on our egos," Rial quipped.
Lee is co-chair of the design department at Yale University's School of Drama, where he has taught since 1969. In addition to his theatrical set design work on and off Broadway and for opera, he designed Astor Court in the Chinese wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"Since the mid-1960s, Ming Cho Lee has been the single most influential force in American stage design," according to Arnold Aronson, author of "American Set Design."
Rial joined Oswego's theatre department a year ago to teach scene and lighting design. He received his master of fine arts degree from Illinois State University.
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