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Sybille Pearson

Associate Arts Professor

Sybille Pearson wrote the book for the musical BABY for which she received a Tony nomination. A revised version of BABY was presented at The Papermill Playhouse in 2004 bringing with it a renewed life for the show. She has written the book for the musical adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel, "Giant", music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa. It played at the Dallas Theater Center in 2012 and opened in New York at the Public Theater in November, 2012. “Giant” was nominated for 9 Drama Desk Awards. Ms. Pearson and Mr. LaChiusa have recently finished "And A Night", a commission from the Metropolitan Opera. In 2016, their new piece, an adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s “Rain”, will premiere at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego. She is the author of the plays: Sally and Marsha, "Phantasie", "Watching the Dog", "Unfinished Stories" which was selected for publication in The American Theatre Magazine, "True History and Real Adventure" a play with music (composer Mel Marvin), "Be Bold", a play commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles on the life of Salka Viertel and "Promise Me", a play on the life of the pianist Mona Golabek produced by the Mark Taper Forum. She has won the Berrilla Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, has been a recipient of a Rockefeller Playwrights Fellowship, a UCross Fellowship, a participant at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Playwrights Conference and the Sundance Theater Lab. She is a founding member of The Playwrights Circle at The New York Theatre Workshop and an Artistic Resident at the Vineyard Theater in New York City. She is a Panelist for the O’Neill Musical Theater Conference, and a member of the Dramatists Guild.