I am thrilled to announce my first season as Firehouse Theatre's new Producing Artistic Director and introduce some of the initiatives that we'll be launching in 2015-2016.
To begin, we’re programming our season around a theme so that the journey we take together has a narrative flow and can be a platform for a sustained conversation between and among our artists and audiences.
This season our theme is RADICAL CHANGE.
The idea for this theme originated in my personal experiences giving up my tenured position at Hunter College and my life in New York City to relocate to Richmond and join Firehouse in January, 2015. Perhaps because I was sensitized to the subject, I began to notice that everyone had change stories. I became fascinated by the different triggers and motivations, timelines and scales, responses and outcomes of the changes that people shared with me -- and that I was experiencing. In my professional career as a producer and artist I was also confronting the ways that the theatre was changing in response to demographic shifts, economic stress, technological innovation, and a range of other circumstances. Change is everywhere. It’s a constant in our lives and we cope with it in many ways. Richmond is on the cusp of change. The world is in a state of perpetual change. Drama hinges on reversal and recognition -- on something changing -- and theatre aspires to transform us with new perspectives and insight. For these reasons and many others that we’ll explore this year, 2015-2016 is indeed a SEASON OF RADICAL CHANGE.
We’re also changing the way that we produce work, with an overhaul of the traditional five play season. We'll be programming in three different series -- PLAYS, FRINGE, and STUDIO. We're expanding the idea of theatre to include PERFORMANCE of all kinds, and we're creating a thriving hub of creative activity where artists and audiences can engage in a diverse array of LIVE collective experiences.
I’m very excited to partner with an amazing array of some of the most creative and imaginative people that I’ve ever met, and I look forward to sharing their work with you. I hope that you’ll join me on what promises to be an incredibly exciting journey that will lead to….
Producing Artistic Director