The Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts is awarded annually to two graduating Seniors who, in the opinion of the Faculty, have demonstrated excellence or the highest standards of proficiency in performance or execution, and in the field of composition in one of the following general areas: architecture and design, creative writing, dance, film and video, music, theater, painting, sculpture, photography, and digital arts.
Sadie Cornette Cook, Silliman College
To say that Sadie Cornette Cook is a photographer barely scratches the surface of her varied, deeply personal, and multilayered studio art practice. She is a Photographer with a capital “P,” who lives and breathes cameras, lenses, and scanners, but one who also weaves in performance, sculpture, time-based media, bookmaking, and poetry into her work. Heavily reliant on the use of her own senses of touch and sight, she creates works in many shades of gray that deal intimately with the sense of self in relationships and in the outside world—and seek to interrogate identity, gender, and sexuality. The audience member approaching her installations may encounter a traditional print, an ethereal recording of a puff of breath, a pile of chalk dust, written poetry, or even a carefully placed and aged piece of beautifully decaying fruit. Furthermore, her constant presence in the critiques and studios at the School of Art these past four years has fed her practice—and, in turn, those of her peers—in a deep and meaningful way, and she has made an impression on our community as an exceptional young artist. Graduating cum laude with distinction in the major, Sadie will commence her time as a Fulbright Scholar in Iceland this winter.
For her brave questioning and seeking of self with visually poetic means, Yale College is delighted to award the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Creative Arts to Sadie Cornette Cook.
Scott Etan Feiner, Saybrook College
Scott Etan Feiner is a composer and lyricist of drive, variety, and intelligence. He graduates with majors in Music and, with Distinction, in Theater Studies. His musical theater work in the Shen Curriculum for Musical Theater summons a level of precision, finesse, and polish seldom seen outside the professional realm. At Yale, Scott burnished already impressive technical skills with keen observation and a burgeoning sense of long form musical cohesion. His senior thesis—music and lyrics for Rumspringa—tells the story of an Amish community and its rite of passage to adulthood. The show is a moving expression of finding one’s way; the score combines music evoking the plain-spoken, proud and distinct traditions of the Amish with a coming of age spirit of whimsy and adventure. Scott’s evocative music and lyrics are distinguished by the sheer force of his native ability, determination, and diligent habits of revision.
In recognition of vast compositional ability and achievement, as well as virtually unlimited potential, Yale College is proud to award the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts to Scott Etan Feiner.
Lauren Tyler Libaw, Davenport College
Robert Tucker Rae-Grant, Saybrook College
Felicia Ricci, Saybrook College
Annie Rosen, Berkeley College
Timothy Hall Andres, Timothy Dwight College
Satya Sorab Bhabha, Berkeley College
Carl D’Apolito-Dworkin, Timothy Dwight College
Kimberly Akemi DeQuattro, Branford College
Tucker Smith Capps, Jonathan Edwards College
Matthew Todd Jordan, Saybrook College
David Valdez, Davenport College
Sophie Sing Shao, Davenport College
Jason Alexander Freeman, Berkeley College
Danny Boyd Beaty, Ezra Stiles College
Hilary James Koob-Sassen, Davenport College
Jonathan P. Andrews, Silliman College
Sara Ellen Wolverson, Silliman College
Christina Crawford, Timothy Dwight College
Katherine Elizabeth Davies, Morse College
Haldan Dai Tung Martinson, Jonathan Edwards College
Karin Terese Fong, Calhoun College
Alexandra Sari Adrienne Gruber, Saybrook College
Victoria Kostadinova, Pierson College
Annette Jolles, Calhoun College
Katie Lansdale, Silliman College
Nina Levy, Trumbull College
Alexander Platt, Berkeley College
Michael Wetstone, Ezra Stiles College
Daniel Grabois, Berkeley College
Pamela Dick, Jonathan Edwards College
Tina Landau, Pierson College
Jennie Livingston, Jonathan Edwards College
Gerald Cohen, Jonathan Edwards College
June Wachtler, Trumbull College