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18 April 2012

Director Robert Lepage, Winner of 2012 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts, to Take Part in MIT Residency

Director Robert Lepage, the recipient of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 2012 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts will participate in a residency at the university from April 24 to 26. The award carries with it an $80,000 cash prize, making it one of the most generous arts honors in the United States. Past recipients of the prize include Gustavo Dudamel, Bill Viola, Libby Larsen and Santiago Calatrava. 

As part of the residency, Lepage will take part in two public programs in addition to collaborating with students, meeting with faculty and staff, and attending an award gala in his honor. On April 25, Lepage will join a panel discussion as part of a program titled The Science of Illusion, and, on April 26, Lepage will be joined in discussion by Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb for a free public program titled Technology in Stagecraft and Storytelling.

A director, filmmaker, playwright, and actor, Lepage's four stagings comprising Wagner's tetralogy, Der Ring des Nibelungen, are currently onstage in their first full cycles at the Metropolitan Opera. This spring and summer, the Metropolitan Opera will present worldwide movie theater screenings of Lepage's new Ring cycle as part of the company's Live in HD initiative. In addition to his work on the opera stage, Lepage, with his multimedia production company Ex Machina, has also created two stage shows for Cirque du Soleil, as well as The Image Mill, a massive architectural projection on Quebec Harbour. 

Last month, Lepage's new multimedia show inspired by the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen, titled The Andersen Project, played at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. spacer 

More information can be found MIT's Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts.

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