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Presidential Bread Loaf Scholarships

We are delighted to announce the generous new Presidential Bread Loaf School of English Scholarships offered by Middlebury College to support summer study at the Bread Loaf School of English for current Middlebury undergraduates and recent graduates. Six exemplary Middlebury students and alumni will be recipients for the 2014 summer session.

Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble 2014 Production

“Too difficult.” “Too intellectual.” “Too many characters.” “Inconsistent tone.” These objections to Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida might be reasonable for general audiences, director Brian McEleney believes, but “if this difficult and uniquely modern play can work anywhere, I am betting on Bread Loaf.”

This summer, the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble will stage a production of the tragedy that tackles, as McEleney summarizes, “romance, heroism, war, and sheer human folly in all its hilarious and tragic aspects.” McEleney envisions a production at once self-consciously theatrical and minimalist. “I hope to make the production about acting, not spectacle,” McEleney says. He is convinced that Bread Loaf is the place to “bring the fields and courts of Troy to life in all their breadth and complexity.”

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Jamaica Kincaid to be 2014 Elizabeth Drew Lecturer

The 2014 Elizabeth Drew Lecturer at the Bread Loaf/Vermont campus will be Jamaica Kincaid, author of Annie John, A Small Place, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, Talk Stories, Mr. Potter, and See Now Then. Kincaid was a staff writer for the New Yorker for 20 years and is now the Josephine Olp Weeks Chair and Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College. She won the Guggenheim Award for Fiction in 1985 and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1997. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, and in 2010 won the Center for Fiction’s Clifton Fadiman Medal.