The honor goes to a freelance director focused on building just communities through generative work, consensus organizing, and research and development.
The longtime leader of Rochester, N.Y.’s Geva Theatre Center will take the helm of Cleveland’s flagship theatre while it searches for a permanent successor to Laura Kepley.
The experienced director and educator will suceed Andrew Borba in running the summer theatre in southwest New York state.
After a year as director of the theatre’s director of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA), she will move up to both oversee a wider variety of operations and to infuse IDEA values throughout the organization.
The 2022 cohort includes 6 Pittsburgh-based BIPOC leaders in all theatre disciplines.
Hailing from an accomplished Chicago family, she started in journalism, then went on to break barriers as an actor, playwright, and director.
After 25 years and more than 200 productions, Smith will step down in 2023 to make room for a new chapter at the D.C. theatre.
Artists Nancy García Loza, Nabil Ince, Michael Manson, Aram Han Sifuentes, and Pramila Vasudevan will join with institutions to create projects fostering culturally vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities in the Great Lakes region.
The Educational Theatre Association’s annual statistics also show an uptick in theatre participation among young people, as in-person performances return.
He’ll leave his post as A.D. and director of arts engagement for San Diego’s Old Globe to succeed Shanta Thake as the Public’s director of artistic programs/associate artistic director.