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From left: Jeremy B. Cohen, Snehal Desai, Kelvin Dinkins Jr., Nataki Garrett, Laurie McCants, David Schmitz, and Harold Steward.

TCG Welcomes New Board Members and Chair

Seven new members join the board, and Kathryn M. Lipuma will serve as board chair.

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group welcomes seven new members to its board of directors. Kathryn M. Lipuma, executive director of Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Ill., will move from vice chair to chair of the board. She replaces Kevin Moriarty, artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, in the role. Members of TCG’s board serve up to three two-year terms. Board officers serve terms of one year that are renewable and concurrent with the fiscal year of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Kathryn M. Lipuma.

The new members will include Jeremy B. Cohen, producing artistic director, Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis; Snehal Desai, producing artistic director, East West Players, Los Angeles; Kelvin Dinkins Jr., assistant dean/general manager, Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Conn.;  Nataki Garrett, director and producer, Denver; Laurie McCants, co-founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg, Pa.; David Schmitz, executive director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago; and Harold Steward, managing director, the Theater Offensive, Boston.

“In the past year, TCG has faced some of the most complex challenges in our recent history, and the board’s leadership has been essential every step of the way,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG, in a statement. “This new class of trustees will bring their deep personal and professional experiences to further our mission to strengthen, nurture, and promote the theatre field.”

Returning board members include Christopher Acebo, associate artistic director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Ore.; Joseph P. Benincasa, president and CEO, the Actors Fund, New York City; Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director, Cleveland Public Theatre;  Kristen Coury, founder and producing artistic director, Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, Fla.; Joshua Dachs, president, Fisher Dachs Associates Theatre Planning and Design, New York City; Will Davis, director and choreographer, New York City; Teresa Eyring, executive director, Theatre Communications Group, New York City; Derek Goldman, director, playwright/adapter, professor, and co-founding director of Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Washington, D.C.; Jamie Herlich, director of development, Seattle Repertory Theatre; Susan Hilferty, costume and set designer, New York City; Benita Hofstetter Koman, executive director, the Roy Cockrum Foundation, Knoxville, Tenn.; Johamy Morales, education director, Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede, Colo.; Kevin Moriarty, artistic director of Dallas Theater Center; Eileen J. Morris, artistic director, the Ensemble Theatre, Houston; Lisa Portes, director and educator, Chicago; Meghan Pressman, managing director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.; Francine T. Reynolds, artistic director, New Stage Theatre, Jackson, Miss.; Randy Reyes, artistic director, Theater Mu , St. Paul, Minn.; Ellen Richard, executive director, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, Calif.; Blake Robison, artistic director; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Nikkole Salter, actress, playwright, educator, and arts advocate, Bloomfield, N.J.; Tim Sanford, artistic director, Playwrights Horizons, New York City; and Robert P. Warren, president, the William & Eva Fox Foundation, Bethesda, Md.

Lipuma will join vice chairs Larissa FastHorse, playwright and choreographer, Santa Monica, Calif., and Meghan Pressman. Ellen Richard will serve as the board’s treasurer, and the secretary will be Eileen J. Morris. Rebecca Hopkins, managing director of Florida Studio Theatre, returns as the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) liaison.

“Over the past 20 years, I have been a proud member of TCG,” said Lipuma in a statement. “I believe so strongly in its mission and value, both personally and professionally, its services, programs, and commitment to the field. I look forward to working with the amazing staff and fellow board members to continue this organization’s important and inspiring work and being a part of its existing future.

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