NEW YORK CITY: The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center has announced Meiyin Wang will be the new organization’s producing director, beginning in June. Wang, who will serve under the leadership of of artistic director Bill Rauch and president Leslie Koch, will oversee all artistic programming for the Perelman.
Since 2016 Wang has been an independent producer in the Bay Area, and recently she finished a three-year residency at the University of Washington as an Andrew W. Mellon Creative Fellow, exploring connections between performance and advancements in technology. Wang has served as co-director of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR) and director of the Without Walls Festival (WOW) at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse. Born and raised in Singapore, Wang has earned international acclaim as a producer, and she received the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Award. In addition to her positions at La Jolla and the Public, Wang was curator of the Park Avenue Armory’s Artist in Residence series and served on the board of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) from 2014 to 2016.
“Meiyin has a long and impressive track record of working with cutting edge artists across multiple cultures and artistic disciplines,” said Rauch in a statement. “At the Perelman, we aspire to produce and present work that pushes the boundaries of form and celebrates storytelling to create access for a broad range of audiences. I look forward to working closely with Meiyin to build exciting and compelling thematic programming that will do just that.” Rauch added, “I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of Jenny Gersten, who has been the Perelman’s consulting producer for the past five years. As Meiyin transitions into this new full-time position, we are forever indebted to Jenny for her visionary work in laying the artistic foundations of the Perelman.”
“I am thrilled to join Bill, Leslie, and the rest of the team to be part of building the future of The Perelman and supporting boundary-defying artists whose work speaks to our present moment,” said Wang in a statement. “I am humbled and inspired by the Perelman’s founding impulse—and at this unprecedented time where the power of gathering, witnessing, communing, and collective imagining has never been more vital, I cannot think of a better place to be. New York shaped who I am: It is where I spent the first 15 years of my career and where I built my deepest relationships. I’m excited to come home.”
The Perelman was designed by REX, with performance spaces created by theatre consultant Charcoalblue in collaboration with REX. Conceived as part of Daniel Libeskind’s 2003 plan for the World Trade Center site, the organization writes, the building, currently under construction, “will be a state-of-the-art venue and global hub for creation, celebration, and rebirth.”
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