Wyoming Arts Council

2010 performing arts fellowships announced

Larry Hazlett of Laramie and Carrie Noel Richer and Babs Case, both of Jackson, have been named the winners of the 2010 Wyoming Arts Council performing arts fellowships. They each will receive a $3,000 prize. An honorable mention was given to Jeffrey Tish, a scenic and lighting designer from Cheyenne.

This year’s awards honor the most exciting and creative work by Wyoming directors, choreographers and stage designers.

Hazlett is a theatre lighting designer. Before his recent retirement, he was the resident lighting designer and technical director at the University of Wyoming. His work on UW’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” earned him the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival meritorious achievement awards in lighting and sound design. He also was selected for the 2008 Kennedy Center/Northwest Drama Conference Lifetime Achievement Award in Lighting Design.

Richer is co-artistic director of Hole Dance Films and festival director and filmmaker in residence of Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. She performs with Contemporary Dance Wyoming. Her goal is “to bring contemporary dance into the cinematic realm.” She has choreographed and directed a number of short dance films, including “Winter Migration,” “Blue’s Not the Word…” and “This Bird has Flown.”

Babs Case is a dancer and choreographer. She’s been artistic director of Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson for the past 10 years. During her 30 years as a dance educator, Case has taught ballet, modern improvisation and creative movement throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia. She is a past recipient of National Endowment for the Arts funding and the Florida Fellowship Award for Choreography. In 2004, she won her first WAC performing arts fellowship.

Judges for the fellowships were theatre director and filmmaker Eric Hayashi of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Lisa Wymore, a dancer and choreographer who teaches at the University of California in Berkeley.

Category for the 2011 performing arts fellowships will be music composition. Applications will be available in the fall of 2010.

For more information, contact Michael Shay, Individual artists’ program specialist, 307-777-5234 or mshay@state.wy.us.

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