Creating New Music-Theater and the Smith Connection
Writer/Composer Ellen Maddow, Director Paul Zimet, Professor Emeritus, Smith College Theatre Department, and Costume Designer Kiki Smith ’71, Chair, Smith College Department of Theatre, come together on a virtual stage to discuss the Talking Band’s upcoming production of ‘Lemon Girls or Art for the Artless,’ a celebration of older women, and their Smith College connection in a discussion moderated by Florie Seery ’83, Associate Dean David Geffen School of Drama and Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre.
The Zimet/Smith association, (both Smiths, the College and Kiki), dates back to the late '90s, when Zimet was teaching in the Theatre department (1997 to 2006). Since then, Smith, who also curates the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection, has been designing costumes for Talking Band, the company Zimet, Maddow and Tina Shepard, all former members of Joseph Chaikin's seminal Open Theater, founded in 1974.
Similarly, Seery's 30-year career in theater management and executive leadership for DEI within the theater community, began at Smith College, where she majored in theater and, of course, studied with Kiki.