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A Tribute to Dr. Edmond Chibeau
When I was a student at Eastern Connecticut State University, Edmond Chibeau played an influential role in making me the artist I am today.
Not only was he one of the two writing professors who taught and encouraged me early on when few others were, but it was through his knowledge and example where I first learned the history of experimental theatre & the original Off-Off-Broadway movement of the 1960s, which still inspires me as an independent artist today. Some of my first one-act plays in NYC were developed in his classes, and even after I graduated, he continued to show support in various ways such as voting for my play One Empire, Under God in the BroadwayWorld Awards after he got to see the recording. It was in October 2021, right before we recorded over Zoom for my old podcast, that he first mentioned his health condition. As grateful as I may be to have had the chance to tell him what he meant to me then, it’s still hard knowing that he’s gone.
I’ll always be thankful for the role he played in my life, and will continue to be inspired by him both as a writer and a teacher. To Amy, Chloe, and the rest of the Chibeau family who may see this, I hope you will accept my deepest condolences.