Industry Roundup: New Recruits at City Hall, Theater Alley, Shakespeare Play, and More
Several theater artists have been selected to take on leadership roles at Off-Broadway institutions and across the country. Read below to see who was 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 years, Long transitioned to the nonprofit organization focused on contemporary translations and adaptations. “I believe in the mission of Play On! and how he wants to engage with the world, what he aims to achieve, and his ability to change the world by making things happen in such beautiful and necessary ways,” says Long, who is also known for her 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. “She sees the world through a broad creative lens and has extensive experience as a producer on the art side and senior director on the development side,” says Douthit.
Director of Human Resources, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Alley Theater (Houston, Texas)
As part of its initiative to increase EDI in the workplace, The Alley promoted Javid after two years with the company. Working with Artistic Director Rob Melrose and other leaders, Javid developed theater-wide EDI Core Values and implemented ongoing anti-racism training for all staff. “The challenges of the past six months have presented The Alley with a tremendous opportunity to effect positive change as we work to create a more welcoming and collaborative culture and become a more diverse and inclusive theater,” Melrose said.
Artistic Director, Town Hall (New York, New York)
Since 2018, Araya has worked at City Hall in the joint role of Associate Art Director and Archivist. “I feel honored to build on [the company’s] strong and inspiring legacy of being the ‘room for all’,” says Araya. “In the face of the ongoing pandemic, protests, political, environmental and social change around the world, City Hall will strive to provide the public with art, entertainment, education and inspiration. ” Araya is also the host of A century of history and songthe retrospective digital series of the town hall.
President, The Off Broadway League (New York, New York)
Having served on the Off-Broadway League’s board of directors since 2018, York holds a leadership position within the volunteer-run organization while currently serving as chair of the reopening task force. York has previously worked on bargaining committees, the Lucille Lortel Awards and sexual harassment prevention, among others. “We must seize this opportunity to reinvent and lay the foundation for the necessary industry-wide changes,” York says, while acknowledging the league’s majority white stakeholders and announcing plans to hold the organization responsible. Additionally, Evan O’Brient and Steven Chaikelson have been named 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 duties to his current role 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. “Our board has made stellar choices in David and Craig for these new positions, and I have eminent faith in their ability to usher DPS into its next chapter,” Hagan said. New appointments will begin on October 1.
Brian Moreland and Rachel Susman
Producers, Plate Spinner Productions (New York, New York)
Already with Broadway credits to their name, Moreland and Sussman are continuing their producing careers with founder Diana DiMenna. At Plate Spinner Productions, the trio will develop works geared towards social justice and art as activism. “At this pivotal moment in our industry, we are proudly and boldly committed to bringing new voices and perspectives to audiences, finding new creative ways to make storytelling powerful and relevant, and revolutionizing the way our industry works through our intrapreneurial organizational structure,” says DiMenna. Moreland (with Ron Simons) and DiMenna will produce the Broadway-bound film Thoughts of a colored man by Keenan Scott II. Sussman was recently a star-studded benefit producer Saturday night seder and commercially producing Shaina Taub’s new musical suffragist (with Jill Furman). In July, Moreland (alongside producer Arvind Ethan David) produced #WhileWeBreathe: a night of creative protesta one-night, online evening of new works to benefit civil rights organizations.