NEW YORK CITY: The New York Neo-Futurists have named Rob Neill as their first artistic director, effective immediately.
“I am thrilled to be able to facilitate and create art with such a vital, energetic, and prolific theatre company,” said Neill in a statement. “From the first time I saw the Neo-Futurists’ work in the ’90s in Chicago, I knew they were a theatrical force and a dynamic and welcoming community…I am proud to call the NYNF my artistic home for over 15 years. I am excited to be an advocate and the artistic director for this company of diverse voices, and look forward to shepherding what we all create next and expanding the reach of Neo-Futurism.”
A founding member of the company, Neill acted as managing director from 2004 to 2013, and has performed with both the Chicago and New York Neo-Futurists since 1995. His original work has been produced at experimental theatres including PS122, the Public, and HERE. Neill has taught masterclasses at institutions including NYU, Brooklyn College, and Texas State University. In 2017, he was named Distinguished Artist in Residence at the University of Rhode Island.
“There is no one better suited to establish the artistic director role for our company,” said managing director yoshi kuroi in a staement. “Having had multiple roles in the organization, Rob has intimate knowledge of the ins and outs of what makes this a truly extraordinary company. I am excited for the New York Neo-Futurists to operate with an artistic director for the first time in its history, and there is no better person to fill that role than Rob Neill.”