Lou Bellamy to retire from the U of M

loubellamy.jpgLou Bellamy, the founder and artistic director of Penumbra Theatre, has also taught thousands of aspiring actors and directors at the University of Minnesota over the past 32 years.

This spring Lou Bellamy is stepping down from his teaching position, and on February 22 the U of M is holding an event at the Elmer L. Andersen Library to honor his contributions.

According to the press release Bellamy “is most recognized for revitalizing and teaching The African American in American Theatre: 1820 to 1960 and Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960 to Present courses, and for teaching numerous courses in the practice of theater including acting, directing and oral communication. He was the key advisor for the August Wilson Fellowship, which includes two components–a fellowship cash stipend and a 25 percent placement at Penumbra Theatre as a dramaturge for professional productions… His students routinely become working directors, actors and technicians at theaters across the country.”

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