Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

Lenora Champagne

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1989, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002

Lenora Champagne is a playwright, performer, and director. From 1993-2000, she was a member playwright at New Dramatists. She has received numerous fellowships, awards, and commissions from Bogliasco, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Yaddo, and MacDowell. In 2012-2013 she was awarded a Fulbright to Japan and in 2019 had a residency at Dora Maar where she worked on a play about Simone Weill, Feeding on Light, that was commissioned by Undermain Theatre in Dallas. A performance is expected in fall of 2022. Her Memory's Storehouse was published in Performance Research and in Japanese in a collection of essays about the aging body in dance.

Her play TRACES/fades is published in Plays and Playwrights 2009 and her essay on theatrical adaptations of The Scarlet Letter is published in Sharon Freidman's Feminist Theatrical Revisions of Classic Works. Along with the composer Daniel Levy, Lenora Champagne co-wrote the libretto and lyrics for The Singing, a cyberspace opera, which was published in Epic Plays II by No Passport Press (2018).

She edited and contributed to Out From Under: Texts by Women Performance Artists (Theatre Communications Group, 1990) and has been published by Smith and Kraus, Performing Arts Journal, and The Iowa Review. She is professor emerita and coordinator of theatre and performance at Purchase College, and lives in New York City with her husband.


New Hampshire

Lenora Champagne worked in the New Hampshire studio.

New Hampshire Studio, originally named Peterborough Studio, was given to MacDowell by Mr. and Mrs. William Schofield, Mrs. H. A. Chamberlain, Mrs. Andrew Draper, and Miss Ruth Cheney. The studio was renamed in 1943. The Gilbert Verney Foundation established an endowed maintenance fund in 1990, and a bequest in memory of MacDowell Fellow Victor Candell underwrote the…

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