Associate Professor of Theatre Receives CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund Award

Department of Performing and Fine Arts Chair and Associate Professor, Timothy J. Amrhein, receives a CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund Award for his project, "Language and Identity: The Latino Mask".

Department of Performing and Fine Arts Chair and Associate Professor, Timothy J. Amrhein, receives a CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund Award for his project, "Language and Identity: The Latino Mask". The project will explore the idea of bilingualism on stage and focus on language itself.  It will attempt to examine how specific cultural idioms in a Spanish-language play could be conveyed to an English-speaking audience in a way that holds true to the main concept of the play presented in its original language. 

As part of the project, Professor Amrhein will remount the production of La Luz de un Cigarrillo as a professionally staged reading at York College, focusing on the impact of language in the theatre, both for Spanish and English audiences. “I envision that the process, the most important part of any theatre project, would be the rehearsal period of the play.  This period would allow for the discovery of ideas, both old and new, working on the text in both English and Spanish. The company would dissect the various aspects of the text to get at the root of its meaning, attempting to answer the question of language and the impact on a specific audience," states Prof. Amrhein.  The culmination of the project will come to fruition sometime during the week of May 22, 2015 with a professional staged reading of the play in both languages, followed by a panel discussion with a group of Latino playwrights and directors.

The project hopes to bridge the gap between different languages in theatre, artistically and academically.  It will attempt to expose students and professionals to the art of theatre, promote a better understanding of its diversity in the theatrical community and encourage diversity among the various Latino populations within CUNY.