A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.
Free Theatre Belarus Leaders In Hiding
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 01:32 PM
Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe. The government censors the arts, so performance troupe Free Theatre Belarus performs secretly, in converted houses, to avoid arrest. Today The New York Times is reporting that the leaders of the Belarus Free Theatre have been forced into hiding following an incident at a protest rally.
Back in 2008, New York-based playwright and performer Aaron Landsman visited the group in Minsk. He was astonished by how the group remained prolific under such difficult circumstances – co-founder Natalia Kaliada told him that even though they enjoyed performing at festivals abroad, they would not defect.
The Belarus Free Theatre is due to start performances of “Being Harold Pinter” in New York City early next month. The work, which already played in London to praise, is based on transcripts from Belarussian political prisoners and incorporates writings by Harold Pinter. Meanwhile, Tom Stoppard, Ian McKellan and others protested the Belarussian Embassy in London.
UPDATE: The company managed to escape Minsk and travel to the US in January, 2011 - listen to Kurt's conversation with Natalia Kaliada.