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Pulitzer Prize Winner David Auburn Discusses Work with MMC Theatre Class

  • David Auburn talks with acting students in Prof. Ellen Orenstein's Beginning Scene Study class
Playwright David Auburn, whose 2000 play Proof earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, spoke with students in Professor Ellen Orenstein’s Beginning Scene Study course.

The class, which has been studying Auburn’s Proof over the last few weeks, had the rare opportunity to engage with the playwright over Zoom.  “I’m so proud of my students,” says Orenstein. “They asked him very insightful questions and engaged in thought-provoking conversation about his work, creating art, and how theater can survive after this pandemic!”

Auburn is a playwright, screenwriter, and theatre director based in New York City. He has authored twelve plays, including Skyscraper, What Do You Believe About the Future?, and The Columnist, and five screen plays including the 2005 adaption of Proof starring Gwyneth Paltrow. 

Many thanks to Mr. Auburn for joining us virtually!


Ellen Orenstein, MFA
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts