careers of several notable alumni
Lydia Gartin Diamond
Lydia Gartin Diamond received her degree in 1991 and is currently a playwright living in Cambridge, MA. She is the author of Solitaire, recipient of the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award at Northwestern; The Inside, a one-woman show; and Here I Am...See If Can You Handle It, a one-woman show adapted from the poems and writings of Nikki Giovanni. As a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, she developed and staged readings of several works, including Stage Black, which premiered at the Cincinnati Arts Consortium in 2000, and The Gift Horse, first place recipient of the Theodore Ward Playwright Award and selected by The Goodman Theatre as part of their 2001-02 season. More recent work includes an adaptation of Toni Morisson's The Bluest Eye for The Steppenwolf Theatre.
Daniel Fish graduated in 1989 and is a professional director whose work ranges from from Shakespeare to Stoppard. Recent projects includes Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Moliere's The Learned Ladies for McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare's Cymbeline for the California Shakespeare Festival, Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor for The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., as well as works by Strindberg, Goldini, Chekhov, and Ariel Dorfman.
Fish has staged productions at the Intiman Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Court Theatre, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Rep, and SUNY Purchase. He has developed new plays at Steppenwolf, McCarter, and Bay Street theaters, as well as at The Playwrights Center and The O'Neill Playwright's Conference.
After serving as an assistant and associate of The Shakespeare Theatre from 1989-93, Daniel was recently associate director with Sir Peter Hall on Romeo and Juliet at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Upcoming projects include the U.S. premiere of Charles Mee's True Love in New York and The Vienna Notes by Richard Nelson for The McCarter Theatre.
Laura Lamson, a 1993 performance studies graduate and her sister, Louise, a 1996 graduate, are both actresses living in Chicago. They were the focus of a recent Stage Persona article in Chicago's PerformInk Magazine.
Sophia Skiles graduated in 1994 and has since received her MFA in acting from Columbia University. She has performed in New York in Richard Foreman's Now That Communism is Dead, My Life Feels Empty (Ontological-Hysteric Theater and European tour to Vienna and Amsterdam), The Taming of the Shrew directed by Andrei Serban, American Silents directed by Anne Bogart, and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci directed by Mary Zimmerman at the Lincoln Center Festival. In Chicago she has performed in HereAfter with Lookingglass Theatre, Julius Caesar at Shakespeare Repertory.
While a student she performed in numerous productions, including Blue Eyes, Black Hair directed by Frank Galati; Was adapted for the stage by Paul Edwards and directed by David Downs; and a one-woman performance adapted from writing by and about the poet Rainier Maria Rilke.
She has appeared in the films Cat Fight Tonight, All Amateur Ecstasy, Nightingale (Viennale Film Festival) directed by performance studies alumna Lee anne Schmitt; On Top is Heaven, On the Bottom is Earth (based on Julio Cortazar's novel, Hopscotch); Modern Young Man; and 120 Over 60.
Skiles is a member of the New York-based Crossing Jamaica Avenue and Local 116 Theater companies, as well as Baubo Performance Project in Chicago.