Distinguished Alumnae Awards

The Baldwin School Alumnae Award

The Alumnae Award was established in 1967 to honor Rosamond Cross on her 25th anniversary as Head of School. It is given annually to an alumna who has distinguished herself in her field of endeavor and whose life reflects a dedication to the principles of The Baldwin School.

The 2016 winner is Mary B. Robinson '71.  Mary has directed more than 60 plays— classics, contemporary plays, and new works—in New York City, Philadelphia and cities all over the country and currently directs annually at the Philadelphia Theatre CompanyShe was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 1986 for her direction of Lemon Sky by Lanford Wilson, became the first recipient of the Alan Schneider Directing Award in 1987 and won Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award in 1995 for her direction of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

Mary studied theatre at Baldwin with Lois Goutman, and it was partly through her example that she decided while in college to try to become a professional theatre director.  She was the Associate Artistic Director at the Hartford Stage Company in the early 1980s and the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Drama Guild in the early 1990s.  As an educator, she headed the Directing Program at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School (a branch of New York University) for 15 years, and has taught in the MFA Directing program at Brooklyn College since the late ’90s. Mary served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national labor union, for 15 years and is the author of the book Directing Plays, Directing People: A Collaborative Art, published several years ago by Smith and Kraus.

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Distinguished Young Alumna Award

The award was also established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has graduated within the last 25 years and has made significant contributions in her profession, avocation or volunteer services.

The 2016 winner is Sara Scott '96. Sara is Vice President of Development and Production at Universal Pictures where she has worked on some of the studio’s most successful films and franchises, including Jurassic World, Pitch Perfect 2, Straight Outta Compton, Lucy, Oblivion, Unbroken and Ted 1 and 2. She also helps to oversee Universal’s Emerging Writers Fellowship.  Sara is currently Chair of Baldwin’s National Board of Advisors. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Universal, she was a creative executive at Harpo Films and held positions at New Regency Productions and The Gersh Agency. She serves on the board of The Unusual Suspects, an organization that teaches theatre to underserved and incarcerated youth in Los Angeles and is part of American Film Institute’s (AFI) Executive Circle, a group created by female studio executives who serve as mentors to AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women’s annual participants.

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Alumnae Award for Life Achievement

The Award for Life Achievement was established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has either demonstrated a lifelong dedication and commitment to helping empower those who have struggles with challenges and societal barriers or who has had a significant impact on an institution or community.

The 2016 winner is Claire Potter '76. Claire is Professor of History and Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative at The New School. She is also a co-director of OutHistory.org, an LGBT digital history project; a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians; and a member of the Schlesinger Library Council at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. From 2006 to 2015, Claire blogged at Tenured Radical and her work is archived in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Claire received a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in history from New York University in 1990. Her historical research is focused on twentieth century United States, with an emphasis on the recent history of gender, sexuality, and crime in the media; and a developing specialty in digital humanities and Internet studies. She is currently completing a collection of essays on academia in the digital age, Digital U: Why Crowdsourcing, Social Media, Word Press and Google Hangouts Could Save the Humanities (forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press, spring 2017); and a history of feminist anti-violence politics, Beyond Pornography: Radical Feminism and the Campaign to End Violence Against Women, 1968-2000.

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