May 8, 2008
Septime Webre, artistic director, Washington Ballet, Washington I love contrasts. I've got a wonderful taxidermied African springbok and other elements of nature set against this very artificial Lucite chai r. The space and vantage point where I sit highlight the natural and man-made worlds. It's a place for repose, to listen to music surrounded by all these creatures. Some I bought, and some were gifts. They're all over the house. The one that got away was in a Harrisburg junk shop: a four-by-eight-foot diorama with costumed...
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...
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 favorite...
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,...
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.
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...