Associate Professor Lynne Conner (theater and dance) received a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Merit Award for “Excellent Adaptation of Old Greek Comedy.” Her original adaptation of Aristophanes’s Lysistrata premiered in November 2012 as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s main stage season in Strider Theater.  

Conner wrote and directed the adaptation, which also featured the creative research of scenographer Associate Professor Jim Thurston, composer/sound producer Peter de Klerk, costume designer Christine Nilles, and technical director John D. Ervin in collaboration with 40 Colby student actors, associate designers, assistant directors, stage managers, stagecraft technicians, and stagehands. 

Conner is the author of more than 30 plays and stage adaptations, including In the Garden of Live Flowers (published by Dramatic Publishing Company), which won the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award in 2002. Her latest work is Light of the Mind, a performance piece written in collaboration with composer Associate Professor Jonathan Hallstrom (music). Light of the Mind will be staged in Strider Theater on Feb. 27, 2013, as part of Colby’s bicentennial celebration.