We're proud to announce that Open Eye's Artist-in-Residence and Co-Founder Michael Sommers has received the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Michael is an Associate Professor in the University's Theatre Arts & Dance department.
In his 34-year career to date, Michael has generated more than fifty internationally recognized theatrical productions, probing the dark conflicts and the joys of being human. At the University, he has translated his unique vision into the curricular arts where he serves as mapmaker, provocateur, and mentor. He structures collaborative environments of serious and focused play that celebrate the act of making, inspiring students to work with their hands, imaginations, and intellects to realize their own creative process.
According to the University, "This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education. In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of undergraduate education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as a resource for the whole faculty." Learn more.
As part of this prestigious recognition, Michael's name will be added to the University's Scholars Walk.