Desdemona Chiang (MFA '09) receives 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise 

Desdemona Chiang
Desdemona Chiang

Alumna Desdemona Chiang has been awarded a 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre from The Vilcek Foundation. The award includes an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 along with a plaque uniquely designed by Stefan Sagmeister.

Desdemona received her MFA in Directing in 2009. Since then she has founded her own theatre company, Azeotrope, in 2010. Azeotrope is dedicated to producing new and contemporary stage productions about the invisible and marginalized.

The School of Drama is excited to once again work with Desdemona. This spring, in partnership with Azeotrope, Desdemona will direct a new play workshop of Clarence Coo's People Sitting in Darkness. The workshop will culminate in three public readings, April 1–3 at the Penthouse Theatre.

For more information about the Vilcek Prizes and 2016 recipients, visit vilcek.org.

About the Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. Our mission was inspired by Jan’s and Marica’s respective careers in biomedical science and art history, as well as their personal experiences and appreciation for the opportunities offered them as newcomers to the United States. The foundation’s mission is to raise awareness of immigrant contributions in America and fostering appreciation of the arts and sciences.

About the Vilcek Prizes in Creative Promise

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise are awarded to immigrants who have demonstrated outstanding achievement during the early stages of their careers. Each prize includes a cash award of $50,000.

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