The Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association at the CUNY Graduate Center presents the 2020 Edwin Booth Award to New York designer Mimi Lien.
The Edwin Booth Award is given annually by the DTSA to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre.
Mimi Lien designs sets and environments for theatre, dance, and opera. Arriving at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She is co-founder of JACK, the inclusion-minded performance space in Brooklyn; sits on the Board of Directors at Soho Rep; and is a core company member of Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia), where she was recently the lead artist of SUPERTERRANEAN (‘19), the company's epic piece of "visual theatre."
Her visual dramaturgy has been central to some of the most celebrated shows in recent NYC history, including Fairview, An Octoroon, Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, John, and Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812. Her work has been recognized with an Obie Award, Hewes Design Award, Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Bessie Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship.
This award is usually conferred during a live ceremony in collaboration with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, it has been transformed into an enduring online resource for artists and academics alike.
Applebaum, Jessica, Nicolas Benaceraf, Stephen Cedars, Justin Johnson, Mimi Lien, Sarah Lucie, Dohyun Gracia Shin, Christine Renee Snyder, and Alison Walls. “The 2020 Edwin Booth Award Honoring Mimi Lien.” May 29, 2020.
Prof. Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre
Prof. David Savran, the Vera Mowry Roberts Chair in Theatre
Prof. Jean Graham-Jones, the Lucille Lortel Chair in Theatre
Special thanks to: Dr. Frank Hentschker, Prof. Peter Eckersall, Prof. Erika Lin, Patricia Goodson, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience, Kate Fry, Andrea Benacerraf
The Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance is one of the leading doctoral theatre programs in the United States, offering students a rigorous grounding in the theory, history, and criticism of theatre studies, while encouraging interdisciplinary thinking. The program embraces the rich cultural resources of New York City, with its professional theatre specialists, institutions, and myriad productions, as well as its library and museum facilities and its archives and private collections. Although the program emphasizes academic studies, attempts are made to form alliances of understanding between scholars and practitioners whenever possible.