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As the Dean of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, I am always looking for ways to improve and innovate the industry. That's why I am proud to carry on the tradition of the Dean's Notes, a platform to discuss the latest trends in theatre and how they relate to our actors, educators, and audience. With the rise of AI and its impact on the arts, it's more important than ever to stay informed and adaptable. Join me as we navigate this exciting and challenging time together!

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Dean’s Notes 

What’s in store for 2024?  This communique is to provide important College of Fellows updates, announcements, and time-sensitive reminders.   

The first issue of The Gazette is now available!  I am pleased to announce the publication of our beloved Gazette.  This inaugural issue under Dr. Heather Nathans’s editorship expands upon our definition of news to include the informed voices of accomplished Fellows weighing in on some of the most pressing issues impacting American Theatre today.  We congratulate Heather and her team on bringing this first issue to fruition. 

Fellows Weekend Invitations and Reservation Forms Coming Soon!  Your invitation to attend our April 20-21, 2024, Fellows Weekend will be emailed later this month.  This forthcoming at-a-glance invitation will provide a complete list of venues, requisite fees, and timing for our Saturday Gala Reception at Howard University’s stately Louis Stokes Building and for our Sunday Investiture Luncheon and Roger L. Stevens Address at the Kennedy Center’s spacious Skylight Pavilion.  The invitation will also indicate exact timing and locations for our Saturday and Sunday Business Meetings, the popular Dynamic Dialogue workshop and other enjoyable activities.  

Save the Date Announcements: Have you secured hotel accommodations and made travel plans for our April 20-21 Fellows Weekend in Washington, DC?  If not, I am pleased to help you plan your trip.  The attached Save the Date fliers contains a hyperlink to The River Inn booking link for the College of Fellows room block with negotiated rates.  If you prefer calling in your reservations, please let them know up front that you are booking for the College of Fellows Membership Weekend.  That phone number is 202-337-7600. 

New Fellows Nomination Process: March 1, 2024, is the deadline for nominations from College of Fellows Board members and from COF Fellows at large to be considered for the 2025 class of Fellows. All current Fellows are encouraged to place in nomination those persons she/he/they believes are deserving of membership in the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. To access submission guidelines, to download the blank Fellows Nomination Form, and to peruse other information pertinent only to COF Fellows, you must, first, log into our official website at Next, click on MEMBERSHIP located at the top of the page. Then, click on Members Area in the drop-down menu. Finally, enter the following password to gain full access: lorenwinship.  Please do not share this password as it is confidential.  Feel free to email Kristy Simpson at if you encounter any issues along the way.




Sandra G. Shannon, PhD, Dean                                                

College of Fellows of the American Theatre

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The New Year

Author Unknown

May the year that is dawning
  So fresh and so pure,
Be full of the pleasures
  That always endure.

The sunshine of love,
  The joy of kind deeds,
The brightness of smiles
  That the sad world so needs.

The kindly word uttered,
  The angry unspoken:
The merry heart's laughter,
  To heal the hearts broken.

And when the New Year
  Has grown old and gray,
May you give it back spotless
  And pure as today.

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