June 14, 2012 |
The other shoe has dropped at the Washington National Opera: Christina Scheppelmann, the company's director of artistic operations, announced Thursday that she will step down at the end of November. She is taking on a new position, although she cannot announce what it is until her new employer makes it official at the end of the month. Scheppelmann was responsible for selecting repertories, directors and casts for the company. In short, she has been largely, if not exclusively, responsible for WNO's artistic profile in...
June 11, 2012 |
Olney Theatre Center's new artistic director is ready, in his words, "to raise some eyebrows. " Martin Platt, who began his new role at Olney on May 28, thinks next season's roster of plays will turn heads — which is exactly what he wants. Platt, 63, former co-director of the New York-based producing company Perry Street Theatricals, hopes for Olney "to have a stronger profile in the D.C./Baltimore theater world," he said. "I think it's slipped a bit. Programming has gotten very conservative.
January 6, 2012 |
Art and commerce can make strange bedfellows in the world of nonprofit theater, especially in hard times. Olney Theatre Center's Jim Petosa knows that for sure. He has led the upper-Montgomery County landmark since 1994 and directed shows there well before that. Until the theater's financial travails of the past three years, he was able to diversify programming in fairly remarkable ways for a suburban venue that began life as a summer theater in 1938. On Petosa's watch, the sprawling 14-acre campus...
December 11, 2012 |
After less than seven months in the job, Olney Theatre Center's artistic director Martin Platt is leaving. Alan Wade, a member of the theater's board of directors, is serving as interim artistic director while Olney undergoes a search for a permanent replacement. According to board president Jennifer Kneeland, Platt "wished to pursue his work with Perry Street Theatricals in New York. " She described the decision for Platt to leave as "mutual. " Kneeland said there are no plans to amend the...
March 12, 2012 |
Vocal Arts DC, the 22-year-old recital series and the only one in the country devoted exclusively to vocalists, is hiring a new director. Effective Monday, Peter Russell replaces Gerald Perman, who founded the Vocal Arts Society in 1990, as artistic director. Perman will retain an advisory role as artistic director emeritus. With this move, the organization, which has been facing a stubborn decline in attendance in recent years, has at once secured a nationally regarded vocal expert and a...
April 9, 2013 |
After a 7 ½-year run as the artistic director of Rep Stage, Michael Stebbins is stepping down to "continue on my . . . artistic journey again," he said. Stebbins, who considers himself "first and foremost an actor and director," is 47 years old. And not to be morbid or anything, but he was kind of thinking about mortality. "And, on the positive side, as an artist or an actor, . . . as long as we don't completely fall apart, we don't have to retire. We can play roles until we're crawling around,...