Industry roundup: new hires at town hall, aisle theater, Shakespeare play, and more.
Several theater artists have been selected to take on leadership roles in Off-Broadway institutions and across the country. Read below to see who got promoted and what their plans are for the future.
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Managing Director, Play on Shakespeare (Ashland, Oregon)
After holding several positions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival over the past five plus years, Long has moved on to the nonprofit organization focused on contemporary translations and adaptations. âI believe in the mission of Play On! and how he wants to engage in the world, what he aims to accomplish and his ability to change the world by shaking things up in such a magnificent and necessary way, âsaid Long, who is also known for his work. in the community as a thought leader in the field of EDI. In this newly created role, Long will provide shared leadership with CEO and Creative Director Lue Douthit. âShe sees the world through an expansive creative lens and has extensive experience as a producer on the artistic side and senior director of development,â said Douthit.
Director of Human Resources, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Alley Theater (Houston, Texas)
As part of their initiative to increase EDI in the workplace, The Alley promoted Javid after two years in the company. Working with Artistic Director Rob Melrose and other executives, Javid developed the core values ââof EDI theater-wide and implemented ongoing anti-racism training for all staff. âThe challenges of the past six months have provided The Alley with a tremendous opportunity to make positive change as we work to create a more welcoming and collaborative culture and become a more diverse and inclusive theater,â said Melrose.
Artistic Director, Town Hall (New York, New York)
Since 2018, Araya has been working at the town hall as associate artistic director and archivist. âI feel honored to build on [the companyâs] strong and inspiring legacy of being the ‘room for everyone’, âsays Araya. âIn the face of the pandemic, protests, political, environmental and social changes constant around the world, City Hall will strive to provide the public with art, entertainment, education and inspiration. Araya is also the host of Century of history and song, retrospective digital series of the town hall.
President, The Off Broadway League (New York, New York)
A member of the Board of Directors of the Off-Broadway League since 2018, York holds a leadership position within the volunteer-led organization while currently serving as chair of the Reopening Task Force. York previously worked on bargaining committees, the Lucille Lortel Awards and the prevention of sexual harassment, among others. âWe need to take this opportunity to reinvent and lay the groundwork for the necessary industry-wide changes,â said York, while also acknowledging the league’s white majority stakeholders and announcing plans to hold it. responsible organization. In addition, Evan O’Brient and Steven Chaikelson were selected as 2nd Vice-President and Treasurer respectively. Four new board members were also announced: Emily Currie, Toni Davis, Teresa Gozzo and Kyle Provost.
Acting President, Dramatists Play Service (New York, New York)
Moore succeeds Peter Hagan, who announced his upcoming retirement earlier this year. The professional, who has worked at DPS for 17 years, will add presidential functions to his current position as vice president of finance and administration, until a more formal search for a permanent replacement is possible. Additionally, Craig Pospisil, a 30-year veteran of the company and currently director of non-professional licensing, has been promoted to vice president of acquisitions. âOur board made stellar choices in David and Craig for these new roles, and I have tremendous faith in their ability to bring DPS into its next chapter,â Hagan said. The new appointments will begin on October 1.
Brian Moreland and Rachel Sussman
Producers, Plate Spinner Productions (New York, New York)
Already with Broadway credits to their credit, Moreland and Sussman are pursuing their careers as producers with founder Diana DiMenna. At Plate Spinner Productions, the trio will develop works for the sake of social justice and art as activism. âAt this pivotal time in our industry, we proudly and boldly commit to bringing new voices and perspectives to audiences, finding new and creative ways to make storytelling powerful and relevant, and revolutionizing the way our industry works through our intrapreneurial organizational structure. â said DiMenna. Moreland (with Ron Simons) and DiMenna to produce Broadway film Thoughts of a colored man by Keenan Scott II. Sussman was recently a Star Benefit producer Saturday evening seder and will commercially produce Shaina Taub’s new musical Suffragette (with Jill Furman). In July, Moreland (alongside producer Arvind Ethan David) produced #WhileWeBreathe: a night of creative protest, a one-night-only online evening of new works benefiting civil rights organizations.