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Dear alumni, friends, and fellow theatre lovers,

The Department of Theatre’s first production of 2017 is Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Directed by Kashi Johnson, this satiric comedy examines how we talk about – or avoid talking about – race in America. The contemporary world of act two, set in 2009, is built upon the historical framework of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun. Hansberry’s play depicts a black family in Chicago using an inheritance to move from a South Side apartment to a home in a white neighborhood. Norris’ play further examines this conflict, ending in the same house fifty years later as gentrification sets in and the racial roles are reversed. The themes of community and outsiders unfold and the jokes fly as the two sides tiptoe through hidden agendas and social politics. Please join us for this production exploring diversity in America. 
 
A note of sadness tinges our new year as we announce the passing of Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Milet. His absence leaves a void in our community, yet, we endeavor to carry on his legacy as a founding member of the Department of Theatre and an exemplary artist, friend, and mentor.
 
With sincere gratitude for our faithful supporters,
Erica Hoelscher
Chair and Professor of Theatre

 
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With sorrow we announce the passing of Jeffrey Milet, Professor Emeritus of lighting design and theater technology. Arriving at Lehigh in 1976, Jeffrey immediately became head of the Division of Speech and Theatre. Jeffrey initiated professional collaborations throughout his career, including hosting Irvin Feld and the Ringing Bros B&B Circus Clown College and becoming a Theatre Consultant with George C. Izenour Associates, international theater designers. One of Jeffrey’s major projects with GI was the Zoellner Arts Center itself! Jeffrey fostered a successful interface with the engineers at Lehigh, created the first CAD lab at the Wilbur Drama Workshop, and experimented with the early use of 3-D computer modeling for lighting and set design. Jeffrey was the first co-director of Lehigh’s IDEAS program and served on a number of faculty committees: all this while applying his considerable artistic skill designing lights and scenery for many productions. Colleagues and students remember Jeffrey best as a warm, generous, and selfless artist, instructor, mentor, and friend. He and his wife, Lynn Milet, opened in kindness their home and their hearts to many.


From Jeffrey’s students:
“Thank you for literally bringing light into my life.”

“A life of service. Thank you for pushing me to be excellent, to never settle for ordinary.”

“I appreciate the many wonderful things he did for me and the Lehigh community.”

“What a beautiful soul. He will forever be in my heart and memory.”

“Jeffrey treated me to lunch during my first semester at Lehigh. It was a welcoming gesture I’ll never forget.”

“I always enjoyed talking to Jeff, he was very kind and funny.”

“I will always have amazing memories of learning from Jeffrey at Lehigh!”


If you feel moved to donate in memory of Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Milet, please click the link below.
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I wanted to study engineering in college and stay active in theatre. At Lehigh I found a vibrant theatre program open to all students. Initially, I was on the run crew for Noises Off and took a basic electrics class. I found my passion in the world of design and went on to earn my MFA from the University of Iowa in Lighting, Scenic, and Projection Design. I am currently employed in the Art Department for the 70th Annual Tony Awards.

The skills and techniques I learned in the Department of Theatre are critical to my success on a daily basis. The collaborative environment emphasizing communication, organization, and teamwork fostered my success. In every project I do I try to learn something new, making it impossible to feel uninspired or burnt out.

At Lehigh I was an actor, director, lighting designer, scenic designer, electrician, painter, carpenter, stage manager, and stitcher. Each one of these roles taught me about the world, built practical skills directly applicable to my goals, and gave me the courage to take the kind of risks that can change my life.

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