Wendy Lesser on Jerome Robbins
A conversation with Emily Coates, Kay Mazzo, and Edward Villella
Critic, writer, and editor Wendy Lesser guides a conversation about the work and life of Jerome Robbins. She is joined by Emily Coates, Kay Mazzo, and Edward Villella—dancers who all worked with Robbins at different points of his career. The event is in conjunction with the release of Lesser's book published by Yale University Press: Jerome Robbins, A Life in Dance, a lively and inspired biography celebrating the centennial of this master choreographer, dancer, and stage director.
Wendy Lesser, the founding and current editor of The Threepenny Review, is the author of eleven nonfiction books and one novel. Her new book is a biography of Jerome Robbins in the Yale Jewish Lives series.
Her latest, before that, was the prizewinning You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2017. She has received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and many other institutions, and she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as well as of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Her journalistic writing about literature, dance, film, and music has appeared in a number of periodicals in America and abroad. Born in California and educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and UC Berkeley, Lesser now divides her time between Berkeley and New York.