Felix E. Cochren Jr., associate professor of theater design and technology in the Department of Drama, was recently honored as a "Torch Bearer for Black Theatre" and participated in the 2017 Passing of the Torch Ceremony in New York City. Torch Bearers for Black Theatre are past recipients of the "VIV" (Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre). They are also selected based on their commitment to the legacy and continuing development of black theater nationwide.
Cochren is an award-winning scenic and costume designer of theater, opera, dance, concerts and touring productions. In addition to creating sets and costumes for more than 40 productions for Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre, his New York credits include Broadway productions of “Home,” “Inacent Black” and “Amen Corner”; off-Broadway productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Soldiers Play,” “A Brief History of White Music” and “Lotto”; and designs for the New Federal Theatre, Opera Ebony, Boys Choir of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, Negro Ensemble Company, Soho Rep, National Black Theatre and Joseph Papp Public Theatre.