Paul Neilan

A pioneer for theatre and actor, director, playwright, and teacher, Joan Schirle ’65 taught broadly, including at the Juilliard School of Drama. Her work earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award and (ATME) Association of Theatre Movement Educators, among other recognitions. Joan also founded Dell’Arte International (DAI). She was devoted to the concepts of issue-oriented theatre and community transformation. At DAI, she led efforts to make original ensemble theatre that addressed power and privilege. Her most recent full-length play, “The Big Thirst,” on California water politics, premiered in 2016. Joan died Feb. 1, 2022, and is survived by sisters Ann Flynn ’64 and Tonine Nielsen ’67.

21 Mar 2022