Uncategorized | 10:13 pm | May 13, 2009 | By Yale Daily News

Eli picked to lead National Endowment for the Arts

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It turns out Harold Hongju Koh won’t be the only Yale affiliate to vie for Senate confirmation this spring.

Former School of Drama professor Rocco Landesman DRA ’76, a producer who brought hits including “Angels in America” and “The Producers” to Broadway, has been nominated as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House announced today.

Landesman, 61, taught for four years at the Drama School as an assistant professor after receiving his Ph.D. in dramatic literature and more recently has served as a lecturer in theater management. Click here for more coverage from The New York Times, which first reported Landesman’s selection.

In 2007, Landesman and Robert Brustein DRA ’51, the former Drama School dean and founder of the Yale Repertory Theatre, hosted a discussion at the Drama School on the state of non-profit theater in the United States, and the National Endowment for the Arts was among the topics the two dicusssed.  The session is available as a podcast on the Yale Web site; click here for part one and here for part two.

(Photo: BroadwayWorld.com)

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