Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches

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This lecture on Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches was recorded in January 2024. The lecture was designed for students and faculty in the First-Year Studies program. This program, a multidisciplinary introduction to liberal learning, has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence curriculum since 1945.

The lecturer, Copeland Woodruff, is Associate Professor and Director of Opera Studies at Lawrence. His professional credits include work on productions for New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. He has also held teaching appointments and directed for The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Temple University, the University of Memphis, and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

Since his arrival at Lawrence in 2014, Professor Woodruff’s productions have won fourteen national awards and citations. In 2018, he received the Charles Nelson Reilly Prize for stage directing in the American Prize competition, where his productions of The Beggar’s Opera and Hydrogen Jukebox tied for first place. In its announcement of these awards, the American Prize hailed Professor Woodruff as “a champion of improvisation, musical and physical, in the operatic medium as a tool for education, creation and performance.”


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