Mitzi Friedlander will be honored over Homecoming weekend as this year's special alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences. She will also make a special visit to her "home" department, Theatre Arts on October 9 at 1:00. The College is providing pizza and soft drinks for everyone who attends.
Mitzi has long been active in the Louisville theatre scene. As an undergraduate back in the day, she frequently performed at the Playhouse (in its original location where Ekstrom Library now stands). She was also the first person to earn a master's degree from the Theatre Arts Department. She was also in the original cast of The Stephen Foster Story back in 1966.
Please announce this opportunity to your classes. If you think this might warrant extra credit, feel free to include this as an enticement (in case the pizza is not enough).
Here is more information on Mitzi:
Friedlander, an outstanding member of the Louisville theater community, has appeared with Actors Theater, the Kentucky Opera Association, and the Louisville Children's Theater. She holds an M.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Louisville.
Long in demand for her singing and acting abilities, she also became one of the country's most notable narrators of books for the blind and continues to work as a Talking Book Narrator for the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). She is the first person in the history of the program to record 1000 books for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of Congress, which has led to her being honored by APH.
Book number 1000 for Friedlander was Beyond the Double Night, a biography of James Morrison Heady, a deaf-blind Kentuckian who was a writer, inventor, and poet.
Friedlander has been reading books onto tape at APH for 35 years and is familiar to 750,000 people in the listening audience as the voice of such classics as Gone With the Wind and Charlotte's Web. In 1993 the nationwide audience selected her as one of their favorite Talking Book voices, honoring her with the Alexander Scourby Award for excellence in the narration of nonfiction titles.
Friedlander honored by the Pleiades Theater Company of Louisville in 2004, which presented her with one of seven STAR Awards for significant arts achievement.