BOSTON: Actor’s Shakespeare Project (ASP) has announced that Christopher V. Edwards will be the company’s new artistic director, beginning in August.
“We are ecstatic that Chris will be joining us as ASP’s third artistic director,” said executive producer Kimberly Dawson in a statement. “His spirit and energy, approach to Shakespeare, and experience working with companies of actors prove that he is the perfect person to steward ASP into the new chapter of our history. I can think of no one better matched to be at the helm, and I very much look forward to working with him to build on ASP’s success for years to come.”
Edwards has served as artistic director at Nevada Conservatory Theatre for three years. Prior, he was involved with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival for 14 years, as a company member, associate artistic director, and director of education. He cofounded the education-based Point of Entry Theater in New York City. Edwards also served as an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University in N.J., and a visiting faculty member at Bennington College in Vermont. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, in association with the Guthrie Theatre.
“I have had a long-distance crush on Actor’s Shakespeare Project for some time,” Edwards said in a statement. “ASP has an impressive local and national reputation for its stage work and educational programming. We share a common appreciation for heightened texts and their insights, and a focus on getting to the heart of every story—to encourage actors and audiences together to become more empathetic human beings. I am thrilled to be getting back to Shakespeare and eager to again work with a resident acting company as demonstrably committed to their craft as ASP’s.”