Fairfield University Visual and Performing Arts chair honored for Outstanding Academic Title

Fairfield University Visual and Performing Arts chair honored for Outstanding Academic Title

Image: Marti LoMonaco Marti LoMonaco, Ph.D., chair of Fairfield's Department of Visual and Performing Arts, has been recognized for her book, "Summer Stock! An American Theatrical Phenomenon," which was cited by Choice magazine as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2004.

This prestigious award is published every year in the January edition of the magazine with a list of titles reviewed during the previous year. The selective list contains only 10 percent of some 6,600 works reviewed by the magazine.

Criteria for the award includes: "overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form, originality or uniqueness of treatment, value of undergraduate students and importance in building undergraduate library collections," according to Choice.

Choice noted in the review of the book that, "the quality of research is impressive, and LoMonaco's love of the subject matter comes through in her writing," and that the book was, "a terrific read."

In addition, Dr. LoMonaco, a resident of Bridgeport, was elected President of the Theatre Library Association, an international organization founded in 1937 that promotes the collection and preservation of performing arts materials for scholarship purposes.

Dr. LoMonaco is the Associate Professor of Theatre and Resident Director for Theatre Fairfield. Recent productions include: "Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One," Aphra Behn's "The Rover" (heralded in "The Fairfield Weekly"), and the rock musical "Hair." Most recently she directed Tokyo Notes, the world English-language premiere of Hirata Oriza's award-winning Japanese play as well as a contemporary translation of Aristophanes' ancient Greek play, The Birds, which was presented in conjunction with the Athenian Acropolis exhibition in Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery last fall.

Posted On: 01-26-2005 10:01 AM

Volume: 37 Number: 146