Awards and Honors, Faculty News

Rohn Wins 2019 Elliot Norton Award

Faculty member Jennifer Rohn has won the Boston Theater Critics Association’s Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress, Small or Fringe Theater, for her performance in Dark Room.

Jenny Rohn onstage in Dark Room

Dark Room had its world premiere in 2018 at Bridge Repertory Theater in East Cambridge, MA. The play, written by George Brandt, is inspired by the life, death, and photography of Francesca Woodman.

Francesca Woodman was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures which mostly featured herself or other women. The subjects were sometimes naked, sometimes clothed, and often blurred as a result of movement and long exposures. The daughter of artists, Woodman began her vocation as a teenager, studied in Rome, and was graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She moved to New York to make her career in photography, but, depressed by a broken relationship and her inability to draw attention, she committed suicide in 1981 at the age of 22.

Brant was inspired by Woodman's body of work to write Dark Room. A collection of eleven scenes or vignettes, each tells the story of one of her photos and, although not directly related to one another, they are loosely connected by the presence of a silent protagonist and they come into soft focus to provide a portrait of the artist.