Luverne Seifert Wins Distinguished Artist Award
Faculty member Luverne Seifert – actor, teaching artist, and director of upcoming production The Kitchen at the University of Minnesota – has been awarded the prestigious Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement. Administered by the Fox Foundation and the Theater Communications Group, the fellowship furthers artistic and professional development to deepen and enrich the artist’s connections with a theater or theater company. One of only two artists in the nation to be awarded the Fox Fellowship, Luverne will travel to Switzerland and France to study clowning with two world-renowned teachers and will return to co-create and perform in a devised show for Ten Thousand Things.
A recent recipient of the McKnight Fellowship and former head of the BA Theater program, Luverne is currently directing The Kitchen, Arnold Wesker’s dark comedy at the U’s Rarig Center, opening February 23 and playing through March 5. The last time this tense and physical show was staged in the Twin Cities, it was produced by powerhouse theater company Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and Luverne himself played one of the main characters. The Kitchen was one of many shows he performed with them, including Amerika, The Golem, Tartuffe, The Queen, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
In addition to his work with Jeune Lune, Luverne has performed extensively in the Twin Cities, most recently in Ten Thousand Things’ productions of Music Man and The Changelings and in the Children’s Theater production of The Last Firefly. He has acted in many other shows with Ten Thousand Things and the Children’s Theater, as well as with the Guthrie Theater, Workhaus Collective, and Sod House Theater, the company he co-founded.