Lifton Directs Final Show at NDSU
November 20, 2013
Love’s Labour’s Lost is Professor Paul Lifton’s finale directing assignment for Theatre NDSU as will be retiring this spring after 26 years.
Paul is a California native and received a B.A. from Pomona College, a MA from San Francisco State University, and a Ph. D. from University of California, Berkeley. He came to Fargo after serving on the faculty at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA. His early research focused on the work of Thorton Wilder and in 1995 he published a book, Vast Encylopedia: The Theatre of Thorton Wilder.
Over the years Paul has taught Directing, Theatre History and Literature, World Theatre, and several levels of acting in addition to mentoring countless capstone projects and student directors. He served the department as the coordinator of Graduate Studies, as Academic Coordinator, and as author of the annual assessment report.
Paul’s directing credits at NDSU include Anon(ymous), Wokashi, Tales of the Lost Formicans, The Recognition of Sakuntala, Iphigenia at Aulis, Three Days of Rain, Peer Gynt, The Beggar’s Opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler, The Green Bird, The Skin of Our Teeth, All in the Timing, Blithe Spirit, Arms and the Man, The School for Wives, Rhinoceros, Helen, The Art of Dining, The Memorandum, Spoon River Anthology, and Homesteaders.
Paul’s interest in World Theatre led him to be the driving force behind two international guest artist residencies at NDSU. The first was Indian master Kathakali dancer and choreographer, Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair. The residency resulted in a production of the Sanskrit classic, The Recognition of Sakuntala by Kalidasa. Scenes from this production were invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V conference. The second residency was Japanese Kyogen actor Tokuro Miyake, the second daughter of the 19th generation head master of one of the two traditional family schools of Kyogen performers. She is only the second woman to perform Kyogen professionally in Japan, the first being her older sister. This residency resulted in Wokashi, an evening of Kyogen comedy.