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Michael Ross most recently served for six years as managing director of Center Stage in Baltimore and previously worked in management with two Connecticut theaters, Long Wharf Theatre and Hartford Stage. Dirnberger received a BA in History from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from New York University. During his tenure at Hartford Stage (1986-1996), he moved up from box office and business manager to general manager. Lamos, who from 1980 to 1997 was artistic director of Hartford Stage, accepted the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater on behalf of Hartford's body of work. Tony Award-nominated director Mark Lamos was appointed following a year-long, nationwide search by the theater's board of trustees. A Special Note About Our Staff. He also is enthused to work with Playhouse veterans John Tillinger, A.R. Many new plays and musicals moved from Hartford to New York and beyond, and the theater premiered new work by Tony Kushner, Simon Gray, Tom Stoppard, Richard Foreman, Anne Bogart and many others. ", Lamos noted that as he met many of those associated with the Playhouse he began to sense that "this could be a wonderful fit for me right now." The list of actors, directors and other theater artists who have worked and continue to perform on the Playhouse's legendary stage reads like a "Who's Who" of the American theater. The Playhouse said a search for a new artistic director will be led by the Playhouse board of directors, coordinated by Management Consultants for the Arts of Cos Cob. Chief Human Relations Officer, Pitney Bowes. Then I saw the beautiful Playhouse theater and began to feel a quickening of the heart. The final agenda item was to appoint a new volunteer director for the Westport Transit District. Your Message. Their son Jason is an independent filmmaker. 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Four new members were elected to the board of trustees at Westport Country Playhouse, bringing the trustees total to 33, led by Barbara Streicker of Westport, chair. Athena T. Adamson. Partner, Cohen and Wolf. Fairfield's Hamlethub Your Town. Friday, September 22, 2006 . Anne Keefe: Left associate artistic director position on Tuesday.Contributed photo Anne Keefe, former Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director, now has a place on the playhouseâs Board of Directors.. She took the position on Wednesday. Lamos And Ross Named Directors Of Westport Playhouse Theater veterans Mark Lamos and Michael Ross have been named artistic director and managing director, respectively, of â¦ Andrew Rannells & James Corden Talk About Their THE PROM Co-Stars, James Corden Talks THE PROM, a 'Butthole Cut' of CATS, Emily Blunt Talks About WILD MOUNTAIN THYME. More "Joanne Woodward Bows Out as Westport Playhouse Artistic Director" Dirnberger has over 35 years of experience in the field of institutional and private investment management, notably, as vice chairman of Julius Baer's US-based investment advisor, and managing director at Lyster Watson & Company. "Building on Joanne and Annie's artistic success, this exceptionally talented team shares the board's vision to bring the venerable Playhouse to the forefront of American theater as it approaches its 80th anniversary season. A season schedule is available at www.westportplayhouse.org. Paige S. Couture was born and raised on the Upper East Side in New York City. The new Playhouse trustees are Paige S. Couture of Easton, Jay A. Dirnberger of Westport, Maggie Lehnerd-Reilly of Westport, and Teresa (Terry) Nardozzi of Fairfield. Artistic directors Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe returned to the Westport Country Playhouse on January 2, 2008 to provide interim artistic leadership for the 2008 season. He currently serves on Theatre Communications Group's board of directors. Patch Mayors are trusted local users who help moderate the Patch platform by promoting good local stories and flagging unwanted content. During his tenure at Hartford Stage he staged acclaimed productions of many classics, including 14 Shakespeare plays, as well as a cycle of Ibsen dramas, including the full-length "Peer Gynt," starring Richard Thomas. Watch the Full Performance of 'You Happened' From THE PROM, Watch Kevin McHale & More in STAY INSIDE from SIX Composers. His extensive work in opera includes new productions for the Metropolitan Opera, including the world premiere of John Harbison's "The Great Gatsby" (also seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago), numerous productions for New York City Opera, and new productions for San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and the opera companies of Santa Fe, St. Louis, Seattle, Washington, Toronto, Portland, Dallas, Gothenburg and Munich. Keefe Joins Playhouse Board of Directors. BroadwayHD's November Lineup - A KILLER PARTY, HEDWIG, and More! Westport Country Playhouse has announced Michael Barker as is its new managing director. Community Leader. The 2009 series of six productions will commence on April 21 and run through December. She is a passionate supporter of The Montessori School in Wilton, the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth ballet (where three of her five children dance), and the Connecticut chapter of the Teach for America Alumni Network. Ross served as a consultant in fundraising, systems, board development and strategic planning for theaters nationwide, including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, SITI Company, Wilma Theater, Trinity Repertory Company and Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Tuesday, December 13, 2005 . He is the former treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee of the United Nations International School. Information about the Playhouse is also available at www.westportplayhouse.org. This post was contributed by a community member. Our Mission. 'I Wish They Could See': Health Care Workers Tired, Demoralized, Latest Update on Earth's Future on Dec 14. They are Athena Adamson, vice chair of the Playhouse board of trustees; Adam Clemens, secretary of the Playhouse board of trustees; Rashana Graham, New â¦ As Artistic Director, Woodward joined a team including Associate Artistic Director Anne Keefe, Executive Director Alison Harris, Board President Elisabeth Morten, and a dedicated board and staff, to insure the future of Westport Country Playhouse, both physically and artistically, for generations to come. He was guest director at Canada's Stratford Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, the Guthrie Lab, McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe, Ford's Theatre and the Kennedy Center where he directed "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." The Playhouse said a search for a new artistic director will be led by the Playhouse board of directors, coordinated by Management Consultants for the Arts of Cos Cob. The Playhouse is a stronger place because of her, and her passion has been inspiring to all. Playhouse Names New Development Director. He has lectured at Yale and was a visiting adjunct professor in the Department of Theater at the University of Michigan.Ross Will Head Playhouse Management, eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'broadwayworld_com-longest_content','ezslot_8',150,'0','0']));"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mark Lamos, helping to lead the Westport Country Playhouse," said Michael Ross, the Playhouse's newly appointed managing director. Theatre veterans Mark Lamos and Michael Ross are named artistic director and managing director, respectively . They include, in recent years, Karen Allen, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Jill Clayburgh, Jane Curtin, Richard Dreyfuss, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Eartha Kitt, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Plummer and Gene Wilder; and in past years, Olivia de Havilland, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Helen Hayes, Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Gloria Swanson and Jessica Tandy. Westport Country Playhouse is launching two new advocacy groups, the Theater Council and the Playhouse Youth Council, to support the artistic andcommunity-building mission of the historic theater which celebrates its â¦ ", Ms. DeFeo also praised out-going managing director, Jodi Schoenbrun Carter. In the realm of opera, he will direct "Adriana Lecouvreur" with Placido Domingo for the Metropolitan Opera, opening in February. House: 'Private, Gated, 16-Room Estate' In Westport, Staples Players Radio Theatre Presents 'A Christmas Carol' Sunday, St. Luke’s Director of College Counseling Receives Faculty Award, 2 Arrested In Connection With Robbery Of CVS In Westport: Police, Food Safety And Nutrition Questions Answered By Experts At Consumer Reports. ", Lamos was named a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama in 2007 and has been awarded the Stanford Chair at University of Miami in Coral Cables this year. Last year, 85,000 attended or participated in Playhouse programming. Click Here for More Articles on KRISTIN CHENOWETH, Broadway Performers Talk Shutdown Hustles with CNBC, Kerry Washington Talks About Playing the Villain in THE PROM. He completed the theater's $6.8 million initiative to increase its endowment; developed highly successful community engagement, accessibility and young audience programs; and increased contributed income 54% over five years. The amazing staff who stretch themselves every day to keep it afloat are my extended family, as is the extraordinary board of directors. Celebrating its 79th season in 2009, the venerable Westport Country Playhouse is creating extraordinary, quality productions of new and classic plays. It was called âCoffee With â¦â The series continues this Thursday (November 19, 7 p.m.), with artistic director Mark Lamos. Opera world premieres he has guided include "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" (New York City Opera), "Central Park" (Emmy Award nomination for Best Direction, televised for PBS' "Great Performances"), Dominick Argento's "The Aspern Papers" (PBS' "Great Performances"), John Harbison's "Winter's Tale" (San Francisco Opera), and Tania Leon and Wole Soyinka's "Scourge of Hyacinths" (Munich Biennale). He will take the helm from Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, who served as interim artistic directors during the 2008 season. To learn more, click here. This blog is personal opinion, and is not representative of the views of the Westport School District or Board of Education. Previously, Barker was general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, and managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company. Anne Keefe, Associate Artist. Since leaving her teaching career to raise her two children, she has been an active member of the Mom's Club of Fairfield/Easton, currently serving as president, and enjoys beekeeping, raising chickens, and gardening. âThen I saw the beautiful Playhouse theater and began to feel a quickening of the heart.â âWe are excited to welcome Mark Lamos as our new artistic director and Michael Ross as our new managing director,â said Sandra Walters DeFeo, president, Westport Country Playhouse board of trustees. Maggie Lehnerd-Reilly, originally from Berea, Kentucky, received her BA in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College. Johnna G. Torsone, Vice Chair. His most recent productions include "Edgardo Mine" (Guthrie Theater), "The Circle" (A.C.T. Playhouse Hires New Managing Director. Lehnerd-Reilly relishes opportunities to actively participate in the community. Previous volunteer community involvement includes the Trumbull Board of Education, USA Swimming Association, and PTA Councils. In addition to management consulting for theaters across the country, he was program officer for National Arts Stabilization. Past projects included "Once on This Island," directed by Michael Arden (winner of the 2018 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival); "Farinelli and the King," starring Academy and Tony Award winner Mark Rylance; the Australian tour of "Beautiful, The Carole King Musical"; "Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812" (nominated for 12 Tony Awards); "On the Town" (recipient of two Tony nominations); and Deaf West Theatre's "Spring Awakening" (Tony-nominated for Best Musical Revival). Dirnberger retired from business in 2011, and currently is active in several community organizations. Due to the global pandemic, we were forced to postpone our entire 2020 season. Westport Country Playhouse serves as a treasured home for the theatrical arts, its audiences and its artists. Lamos added that he is "thrilled that this season will include the participation of my good friend Michael Wilson, director of âTo Kill a Mockingbird,' who followed me at Hartford Stage." But bright conversation took place online, via virtual chats with artists. "This decision has only to do with my chance to work again with a valued colleague I've long admired.". Thursday, September 28, 2006 . "These things are intangible, of course," he continued, "but rehearsing in that vital, intimate space, so lovingly restored by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, along with a group of passionate board members, I began to feel an indescribable attachment not only to the theater but also to the community of board members, donors and audiences to whom it mattered so deeply. Sandra Walters DeFeo is elected president of the Playhouse board of trustees. Jay A. Dirnberger has been a resident of Westport with his wife Molly since 2008. for The Acting Company at New York Shakespeare Festival); Jon Robin Baitz's "The End of the Day" (Playwrights Horizons); and "Measure for Measure" (Lincoln Center Theater, Lortel Award). New York City Opera won an Emmy Award for the Lamos'-directed "Madama Butterfly," televised on PBS' "Great Performances. He has been a panelist for programs hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others, and was an adjunct professor in Yale University School of Drama Theater Management Program. "Michael and I will take over this varied and entertaining season as we prepare for future ones," commented Lamos. I couldn't be more excited about embarking with him on a new era at the Playhouse, a theater I've long revered for its rich and storied history. Not All Kindergarten Programs Are Equal: Discover RA! Under Lamos' direction, PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center" telecast of "Madama Butterfly" won a 2008 Emmy Award for New York City Opera. I started to learn more about its dazzling history, the parade of great artists who had worked there over nearly 80 seasons, its constant commitment to excellence and its important contribution to the history of American-- as well as Connecticut-- theater. Exclusive: James Corden and Jo Ellen Pellman Get Ready for THE PROM Night! And I'm deeply thankful to be coming home to Connecticut.". Watch 10 of Our Favorite Kristin Chenoweth Performances to Celebrate Her Birthday! A lover of the arts since a young age, Couture grew up enjoying many of the best artists and performers in New York City. March 28, 2009 Jodi Schoenbrun Carter: Joining the Westport Country Playhouse staff in December.Contributed photo Jodi Schoenbrun Carter will become the Westport Country Playhouseâs new managing director on Dec. 10, Playhouse Board of Trustees President Elisabeth Morten announced today. He also was program officer/project director at National Arts Stabilization, and worked with Baltimore Opera Company and Alley Theater, Houston. Be first to get the top news & best streams. David Tillson, Treasurer. Born and raised in Chicago, educated at Northwestern University, Lamos began his career in the theater as an actor, first in Chicago and then on Broadway and in regional theater, most notably the Guthrie Theater, where he spent over three seasons, and the Old Globe Theatre, where he played the title role in "Hamlet," directed by Jack O'Brien. Barbara Bartucca: âan experienced professional.âContributed photo Barbara âBobbieâ M. Bartucca joined the Westport Country Playhouse as development director this week, said John A. Vaccaro, president of the Playhouse board of directors.. Bartucca joined the playhouse staff on Thursday. âJodiâs experience and professionalism, â¦ Barker, 36, comes to Westport from Mill Valley, California, where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company. I have enormous respect for him and I'm a great admirer of his work. Laura Benanti Teams with Randy Rainbow for 'Man with a Plan' Biden/Christmas Parody! We are collectively committed to a constant expansion and reimagining of who can be a Playhouse Person. After college, she spent three years teaching fourth grade in Phoenix as a Teach for America corps member. Lamos, who last season was asked to take over from Paul Newman the direction of the Playhouse's "Of Mice and Men," said, "At that time I had no idea that Westport Country Playhouse would attract me on so many levels. "eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'broadwayworld_com-longer_content','ezslot_2',183,'0','0'])); Lamos spent 17 seasons as artistic director of Connecticut's Hartford Stage, for which he accepted the Tony Award in 1989. Seth & Stars Holiday Sale - 15 Stars for $15/each. The Playhouse is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. For the past two years, Ms. Woodward served as Westport Country Playhouse artistic director emeritus as well as a member of the board of trustees. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse). He made his Broadway directing debut with a transfer from Hartford Stage of "Our Country's Good," for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Director. 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