The founder of Chelsea Theater Center was a force from the 1960s onward, doing plays no one else would do and encouraging similar boldness in his colleagues.
From our first meeting, he opened me up to a panorama of possibilities, not only in the theatre but in myself.
An irresistible advocate of Latine theatre artists, the founder of the Chicago Latino Theatre Alliance paved the way for so many of us, and did it with love, grit, and grace.
In both his work and his writing, the path-breaking English director challenged all of us who make theatre to consider not only how we do it but why.
Hailing from an accomplished Chicago family, she started in journalism, then went on to break barriers as an actor, playwright, and director.
The longtime artistic director of Oregon Children’s Theatre lived out his passion for supporting the development of others, both onstage and off.
For years he was the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization’s secret weapon, with an impeccable ear and an ideal combination of passion and practicality.
He knew roles, and the actors who brought them to life, better than anyone on Broadway, and it was his lifelong passion to match them well.
The original Orin Dennis from ‘Children of Lesser God,’ the self-starting Merkin had a rich career as a Deaf theatre innovator, mentor, and raconteur.
Though shy and reserved himself, he pushed his actors beyond self-consciousness to imaginative extremes and genuine discovery.