Congratulations to the inaugural recipients of The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship - Zachary Dorn, Hector Flores Komatsu, and Jesca Prudencio.  Making the announcement, Taymor said, "This World Theater Fellowship is designed to allow young theater directors a year of open research and discovery outside of their own culture. Having spent four years in Indonesia commencing with a one year Watson Traveling fellowship in my early twenties I am fully appreciative of an experience that was both challenging and eye opening. In many ways it was the foundation for much of my subsequent work in the theater." 

ZACH DORN, from St. Petersburg, FL, will study traditional Karakuri Ningyo and work with contemporary Japanese theater artists as a means to observe the ways in which experimental spectacle explores themes of dread.

HÉCTOR FLORES KOMATSU, from Ann Arbor, MI, will search for Mexico’s hidden theatrical spirit through the exploration of the fiestas and traditions of its rural and indigenous communities.

JESCA PRUDENCIO, from Brooklyn, NY, will explore traditional forms of puppetry and dance throughout Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines as she develops her interdisciplinary theatrical adaptation of Francisco Balagtas’ poem, Florante at Laura.

The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship program will begin accepting applications for its second year of fellowships later this Fall.

Greg Emetaz