Filipino is appointed Editor-in-chief of Czech Republic dailyPosted on June 7th, 2011 under We are Pinoys!
Randy Gener, the Filipino-American Nathan Award-winning editor, writer and drama critic, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Prague Quadrennial Daily in the Czech Republic.
In addition to producing and editing a daily newspaper, Gener has been invited to present a lecture at the Faculty of the Arts of Charles University in Prague (Univerzita Karlova v Praze), the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation.
And Gener will co-host a series of gallery talks with renowned U.S. designers at the USA National exhibition entry, From the Edge. The talks will be held daily at 4:00 pm at Veletzrini Palace, Prague’s national gallery. From the Edge’s gallery talks will showcase, among others, SITI Company’s BobRauschenbergAmerica; The Civilians’ This Beautiful City; Ping Chong & Company’s Cocktail and Inside Out; 3-Legged Dog’s Fire Island; Goodman Theatre of Chicago’s Desire Under the Elms; Second Stage’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity; Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Love Unpunished; Nancy Keystone and Justin Townsend’s productions of Apollo and Suzan-Lori Parks’s The America Play. Gener served as the curatorial advisor of the team of U.S. theater designers that created From the Edge.
Gener returns to Prague having served in June 2007 as Editor and Columnist of Prague Quadrennial Daily as well as Scenofest Team Leader of the press/publication project of the Prague Quadrennial’s educational events, known as Scenofest, organized in joint cooperation with OISTAT, the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians. In 2007, with the generous support of the Ford Foundation/Institute of International Education, Gener also presented two lecture presentations on narrative design and contemporary currents in U.S. theater design.
A broadsheet, the Prague Quadrennial Daily will take a lively, irreverent, pop-culture approach to covering PQ events. Published in English and Czech languages, the daily paper will be distributed throughout the city center of Prague for the 11-day duration of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. One of the world’s largest theater events held every four years since 1967, the Prague Quadrennial will take place from June 16 to 26, 2011.
“The PQ is the planet’s largest competitive exposition of contemporary stage design and theater architecture,” states Randy Gener in “All the World’s a Pavilion” (American Theatre, September 2007). “PQ is to the Czech Republic what the Venice Biennale is to Italy – a global tapas where everyone who cares about the stage flocks to look, sample and judge the state of new theater from around the world.”
Curated by the costume designer and Carnegie Mellon University professor Susan Tsu for the USITT, the United States association of design, production and technology professionals in the entertainment industry, From the Edge will be the 10th time the USA is represented at the Prague Quadrennial where it will compete with a record number of 62 countries for the Golden Triga and other medals. The USA will also participate in the Architecture competition, the Student Section competition and the Extreme Costume exhibition.
Randy Gener is a New York City-based writer, editor, curator and drama critic. His nonfiction writing, journalism and art criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Expressen, Norwegian Shakespeare and Theatre Magazine, Mumbia Theatre Guide, The International Herald Tribune, The Star Ledger, The Village Voice, The Daily News, Time Out New York, New Yorkmagazine, Gannett Newspapers, Korean Theatre Journal and other publications in Europe, Asia and the United States. A major contributor to the encyclopedia Cambridge Guide to the American Theater, as well as scholarly books and play anthologies, Gener is Section Editor of Critical Stages, the web journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics, a UNESCO-affiliated organization founded in Paris in 1956.
In 2010, Gener won two travel media awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in travel writing, the SPJ Deadline Club Award for Best Arts Reporting from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (“for shedding light on government censorship and repression of artists”); and Journalist of the Year 2010 from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Gener is the 2009 recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism – the highest U.S. award for dramatic criticism and one of the most distinguished awards in the American theater – for his essays in American Theatre magazine, published by Theatre Communications Group. Gener was conferred a 2010 Pamana ng Pilipino Presidential Award by His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines (the title translates as “Legacy of the Filipino Nation”).
The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is organized and funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and realized by Prague’s Arts and Theatre Institute.
Under the auspices of the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus, the Mayor of the City of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda and the Mayor of Prague 7 Marek Je?mének.
With the support of the Culture Program of the European Union. Supported by UNESCO, Trust for Mutual Understanding, the City of Prague, Czech-German Fund For The Future.