Mentors and protégés in Theatre

Through the years

Jennifer Tipton & Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez

2014-2015

Jennifer Tipton & Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez

“Light is volume,” says Jennifer Tipton, who believes that mentors can have a life-long effect. “I’m curious to learn about Jennifer’s creative process," says her Mexican protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez.

Patrice Chéreau & Michał Borczuch

2012-2013

Patrice Chéreau & Michał Borczuch

Stepping outside his experience as a director of experimental theatre in Poland has been a breath of “fresh air” for Michał Borczuch. The late French director Patrice Chéreau opened his mind. “It is essential that artists are free to build their own world,” said Chéreau.

Peters Sellars & Maya Zbib

2010-2011

Peters Sellars & Maya Zbib

The protégée believes for theatre to remain vital, she must “make noise and create change”. During their dramatic year of travel and sharing, her mentor showed her how he has been doing just that for three decades.

Kate Valk & Nahuel Perez Biscayart

2008-2009

Kate Valk & Nahuel Perez Biscayart

A heightened, formal and intense relationship resulted when two actors were paired together for the first time in the history of the Arts Initiative. It was a one-of-a-kind work/life collaboration.

Julie Taymor & Selina Cartmell

2006-2007

Julie Taymor & Selina Cartmell

An experience in Balinese theatre served as essential inspiration for each of these unconventional directors.

Sir Peter Hall & Lara Foot

2004-2005

Sir Peter Hall & Lara Foot

Sir Peter Hall assumed he was going to be working with a fellow director. He soon discovered that Lara Foot was a talented playwright too.

Robert Wilson & Federico León

2002-2003

Robert Wilson & Federico León

First I said to myself: ‘No.’ Then I thought that with him (Federico) I’d be taking the biggest risk. It’s exciting when you really don’t know yet what will develop.”