Mar. 16, 2012

Playwriting graduate receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Molly with her mentors

Molly Smith Metzler '00, center,  with President Christopher C. Dahl and several of her mentors from Geneseo after receiving the Geneseo Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumni Award on March 5 after a reading of one of her new plays at Geva Theatre in Rochester. Pictured are Professor Emeritus Terry Browne, left, Professor Tom Greenfield, Metzler, Distinguished Teaching Professor Ronald Herzman and Dahl. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11


Molly Smith Metzler '00 got her playwriting start at Geneseo, when she created a 10-minute scene focused on conflict and it inspired a life passion. Since then, she has won numerous awards for her work and debuted "Close-Up Space" in the prestigious Manhattan Theatre Club last fall with celebrity actors David Hyde Pierce and Rosie Perez in the leading roles.

On March 5, President Christopher C. Dahl awarded Metzler the Geneseo Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumni Award for her accomplishments.

Dahl presented the award to her following a reading of her current work, "Carve," at Rochester's Geva Theatre. Several of her mentors, including Professor Emeritus Terry Browne, Professor Tom Greenfield and Distinguished Teaching Professor Ronald Herzman, were there.

"You are without a doubt someone who has achieved amazing success," said Dahl. "You have catapulted to new horizons as an extremely talented playwright within a very short period of time. The alumni association is proud and privileged to present you with this award."

Metzler's plays have won 13 awards. Her first play in 2003, "Training Wisteria," won three national awards and "Elemeno Pea" just opened at the Actors Theater of Louisville's Humana Festival of New Plays.