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Faculty Member Dina Janis Brings New Life to Dorset Theatre Festival

Jul 12, 2010
he Boston Globe last week lauded drama faculty member Dina Janis in her new role as artistic director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, a storied, 35-year-old professional summer program in Vermont.

"Janis is connected," The Globe said, in its glowing review of DTF's production of Craig Wright's The Pavilion. "In the past decade, while hosting several summer play-development intensives for New York's prestigious Labyrinth Theatre Company at Bennington College, where she teaches, she helped to nurture scores of the most promising voices in contemporary theater."

The Globe called The Pavilion "a thrilling production," adding, "The new team at the Dorset Theatre Festival gleans fresh insight from Wright's challenging yet ultimately brilliant script."

A review in the Bennington Banner was equally acclamatory, saying "Janis' signature is all over the play and the playhouse, and this bodes well for theatergoers who have patronized DTF for years ... Judging by this play's execution, we can hope that Dorset Theatre Festival has finally found its Muse in Janis."