Academics & Faculty

New UCLA Beverly Robinson Memorial Playwriting Fellowship Offered to Applicants Nationwide


The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television has established a new fellowship for playwriting students.

The Beverly J. Robinson Memorial Fellowship for Playwrightswill be a national award dedicated to the creation of new theater worksfeaturing untold stories from the American landscape.

The fellowship will seek nationwide applicants for thegranting of two awards per year to students accepted into the school's M.F.A.Playwriting Program, while supporting each fellow for up to three years.

The award was established to honor UCLA professor Beverly J.Robinson, theater scholar, folklorist, author, producer, writer, director andlongtime faculty member in the department of theater. From 1978 until her deathof pancreatic cancer in 2002 at age 56, Robinson taught a legendary surveycourse in African American theater, attended at UCLA on Friday afternoons byscores of graduate and undergraduate students. She served as consultant on suchfilms as "The Color Purple," "Coming to America" and "Miss Evers' Boys."

"Professor Robinson's passionate commitment to sociallyconscious theater has inspired thousands of UCLA students," said Robert Rosen,dean of the School of Theater, Film andTelevision. "She was a great teacher, a significant scholar and a life force forher colleagues."

For information on the fellowship, go to and follow thelinks to the theater department and then the Beverly J. Robinson MemorialFellowship for Playwrights.

Information on the M.F.A. Playwriting Program may beobtained by contacting Andrea Buchanan, graduate student counselor, at;by calling (310) 825-6899; or by mail at the UCLA School of Theater, Film andTelevision, Theater Department, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095.

Consistently ranked among the leading institutions in thenation, the School of Theater, Film andTelevision is unique in the world in that it brings together the arts oftheater, film and television in one academic institution. UCLA's reputation asan outstanding training ground for the theater, film and televisionprofessions, and for critical scholarship, is based on its long tradition offostering creative growth, encouraging experimentation and ensuring artisticfreedom. Many of the most respected names in the entertainment andcommunication arts, and the world of scholarship, are UCLA alumni.




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