Technical Director of Theater Robert Fudge has received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Research that will include six months of study at the University of Helsinki in Finland from January through June 2022. Fudge, who is one of only 22 teachers nationwide to receive the 2021 award, will focus his research on the confluence of design, craft, art, and engineering that occurs in theater construction and technology.
He sums it up as “traditional arts and crafts meeting technology and how the things we make shape us,” and he ties the concept to the interdisciplinary thinking and creating that happens at 6191 Park Avenue.
“I like when I have projects for students that don’t quite fit in any category,” he says. “Broad experience prepares students to be full citizens. It is the basis of an MUS liberal arts education.”
The Fulbright program awards grants to accomplished U.S. educators for an intensive professional development program designed to promote mutual understanding among teachers, their schools, and communities in the United States and abroad. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership potential.