Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Jane Anne Herman Prize,
|The Jane Anne Herman Prize is given in honor of Jane Anne Herman, J1987, who will always be remembered for her devotion to friends and family, her generosity during Thanksgiving, and her appreciation of the arts. This award is given by the Department of Drama and Dance for excellence in directing and/or stage management, as demonstrated during the student's career in the university theater.
Jane Anne Herman-Newton graduated from Tufts in 1987 with a major in English. She was very active in the Department of Drama and had a natural gift for directing and stage management. In 1999, an award in her memory was established by her friends to recognize students with these same talents. Jane's honesty and friendship touched many people in her life. At Tufts, Jane created strong bonds. She shared her views, humor, and love and made friends feel connected and valued. She had a flair for both theater and organization, the cornerstones of directing and stage management. She planned her wedding (with Goddard Chaplain Scotty McClennan presiding) while finishing her M.A. at Harvard and had a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream performed for the wedding guests in Harvard Yard. Most of the actors were Tufts alums. When Jane was completing her doctorate at Harvard, she had many occasions to bring friends together. At Thanksgiving, Canadian Thanksgiving, and Passover, Jane invited friends who were far from home, and friends looking for community and laughter. Jane and her husband, Chris Newton, G1995, prepared big family meals, after which the guests would play games. The award in her name is given to celebrate Jane's creativity, adventurousness, and openness.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H