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[Governance] New working relationship between the Camargo and Jerome Foundations

October 13, 2017

The Jerome and Camargo Foundations are delighted to announce a next step in their working relationship.  

In 2013, the Foundations had entered a close working partnership as Camargo re-staffed and revitalized its programs, with Jerome Foundation Board and staff providing guidance and leadership in this transitional period. The success of this alliance has been remarkable. A new staff of dedicated and committed individuals, headed by Julie Chénot (who joined the Foundation to head programs in 2014), has been engaged. Camargo now receives more than 1100 international applications annually for its 18 residencies in its Core Program, enjoys partnerships with multiple other foundations and nonprofits in the United States and Europe, and is a grantee of the National Endowment for the Arts, which is supporting a pilot residency program for playwrights from the African continent and African-American playwrights in 2018.  

With this re-emergence of Camargo as a vital residency center for artists, scholars, and thinkers, Camargo is now ready to embark on a new path. In recognition of the successes achieved, Camargo Program Director Julie Chénot has been promoted to the role of Executive Director of the Camargo Foundation. To ensure ongoing cooperation and flow of information between the two Foundations, a small group of individuals will continue to serve on the Boards of both Foundations, as the two Foundations continue to recognize and celebrate their common founder, Jerome Hill. Residencies for Jerome grantees will also continue to be offered in 2018 through the Jerome@Camargo initiative.  

With this step, Camargo enters a new phase in its history. The Foundation looks forward to enhancing and further improving its service to artists, scholars and thinkers, providing time and space for them to think and create in this outstanding environment in Cassis, France.  

Any questions may be addressed to either Ben Cameron (<BCameron@jeromefdn.org>) or Julie Chénot (<JChenot@camargofoundation.org>).

You can support the Camargo Foundation in this next step by clicking the link below. 


[Board] Carlyle Brown is Honoree of 37th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival

November 16, 2017

Camargo Trustee Carlyle Brown is the recipient of the William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award, at the 37th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival at Independence Community College, Kansas. The Inge Festival, the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas, takes place May 9-12, 2018.  

Carlyle Brown is a playwright, actor, and artistic director of Carlyle Brown & Company, which he founded in Minneapolis in 2002. Known for his historical works about African Americans, his extremely theatrical work occupies a wide range of aesthetic forms.  

Described by The New York Times as “one of America’s more significant playwrights” he has a long and rich history of creating plays that dramatize historical events in a way that makes them accessible to present day audiences.  

His best known play is indicative of this style. The African Company Presents Richard the Third premiered in 1987, and is about the first African American theatrical company’s staging of the first black public performances of Shakespeare, which occurred in colonial New York City.  

Additional historic-based plays imagine a meeting between President Lincoln and the literary character of Uncle Tom from the Harriet Beecher Stowe novel (Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House). The play Dartmoor Prison centers on an African- prisoner and his relationship to white United States captives in a British prison during the War of 1812; and The Negro of Peter the Great is based on an unfinished story by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, inspired by the tale of a kidnapped African prince and the 18th century Russian Czar.  

Carlyle Brown further examines the black experience in plays such as The Masks of Othello: A Theatrical Essay, which explores the meaning of race throughout the ages in the production history of Othello; and The Fula From American: an African Journey, an autobiographical solo show about Carlyle’s adventures in West Africa, as an African-American in search for his African identify.  

“Carlyle Brown’s fascinating body of work is highly worthy as one of the outstanding achievements by contemporary American playwrights, which we are excited to recognize and celebrate,” said Eric Rutherford, Artistic Director of the William Inge Center for the Arts. “Even if theater patrons are not yet introduced to Mr. Brown’s scholarly yet accessible stories, I have no doubt they will become lifelong fans after getting acquainted,” Rutherford said.  

Carlyle Brown is currently a writer/performer and artistic director of Carlyle Brown & Company, based in Minneapolis. Carlyle Brown & Company was formed in 2002 around a constellation of culturally and ethnically diverse artists dedicated to the development and performance of his work in an atmosphere of collaborative co-creation. The Company is interested in innovations in dramatic form, rich story-telling and shaping ideas into theatrical events.  

Brown has received commissions from numerous major theaters, such as Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Goodman Theater, among many. He is the 2006 recipient of the Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence.  

A Core Writer of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and an alumnus of New Dramatists in New York, Brown is also recipient of numerous fellowships. Brown has served on the board of directors of The Playwrights’ Center and Theatre Communications Group and is a member of the board of the Jerome Foundation. He is a member of the Charleston Jazz Initiative Circle at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where his works and papers are archived.  

He has been a teacher of expository writing at New York University, African-American literature at the University of Minnesota, playwriting at Ohio State University and Antioch College, African-American theater and dramatic literature at Carlton College as the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Artist, and “Creation and Collaboration” at the University of Minnesota Department of Theater. He has worked as a museum exhibit writer and story consultant for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, Kentucky.  

Brown now joins a select roster of world-renowned playwrights who have traveled to the Inge Festival to receive the William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award. They include Arthur Miller, Stephen Sondheim, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Henry Hwang, Tina Howe, August Wilson, and Neil Simon, to name only a few.  

The William Inge Theater Festival is named for the Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winning writer William Inge, a native of Independence, Kansas. The town is located 90 miles north of Tulsa, Okla.  

The Inge Festival was founded in 1981 at Independence Community College, to celebrate the work of living playwrights. In 2010, the Kansas State Legislature designated it as the Official Theater Festival of the State of Kansas.  

Independence Community College also houses the William Inge Collection. It comprises more than 400 original manuscripts by Inge, including some not yet published. The Collection also has numerous personal and other memorabilia from Inge’s career.  

Carlyle Brown also conceived the Cultural Diaspora African-American and African Playwrights Creative Residency at the Camargo Foundation, and is one of the project facilitators for the residency.

More about Carlyle Brown here