There have been a lot of fresh faces in the New England Theater Community over the last five years, from new Executive Directors, Artistic Directors, Theater Companies, and Directors of Institutions. It seems about time that we celebrate new artistic perspectives and the growth of our sector!
Join the New England Theater Community in welcoming the arrival of:
Lyndsay Allyn Cox (she/her/hers) is a Boston based artist, educator, and activist. She is currently the Director of Theatre Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts. Lyndsay holds a BA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Vocal Music from Appalachian State University. Prior to joining the staff at BCA, she was the Development Manager at Company One Theatre. From 2012-2017, Lyndsay was the Managing Director at Fresh Ink Theatre Company, a small company dedicated to developing new work by New England based playwrights. During her early years as an arts administrator, Lyndsay volunteered with companies including New Exhibition Room and The Theater Offensive. She is currently a member of the Network for Arts Administrator of Color’s (NAAC) steering committee. In 2019 Lyndsay was selected by WBUR’s The ARTery as one of the 25 millennials of color impacting Boston’s arts and culture scene. Lyndsay is a member of the Network for Arts Administrators of Color, Stage Source, and the Actors’ Equity Association. LyndsayAllynCox.com
Michael J. Bobbitt (he/him/his) is the Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre. Prior to this work, Micheal Brough critical and acclaimed attention to Adventure Theatre MTC, where he held his title as Artistic Director since 2007. Additionally he has directed and choreographed at DC’s top theaters including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Only Theatre Center, Studio Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and Washington National Opera. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and the Olympics. He has taught theater and dance at George Washington University, Catholic University, Howard University, and the Washington Ballet. Michael has served on numerous National boards and committees including League of Washington Theatre (President), Theatre for Young Audiences, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and theatreWashington. He received his leadership training at the Harvard Business School’s - Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Michael is the proud the recipient of the Excel Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities – Emerging Leader Award and Maryland Theatre Guide’s Person of the Year Award. For more information please visit MichaelBobbitt.com
Brian Michael Boruta is the Producing Artistic Director of The Umbrella Stage Company in Concord, MA. Having overseen the program since 2012, he led its recent evolution into one of Greater Boston’s newest professional theaters and has pioneered its mission of producing Bold, Daring, and Innovative theatre. In 2017, The Umbrella broke ground on a $20m renovation which will conclude over the summer and open in September. Since joining The Umbrella his productions have amassed over 100 award nominations including Best Production nods for Glengarry Glen Ross, Equus, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Red, Angels in America – Millennium Approaches, and Bonnie. As a director, designer, and educator, Brian has worked with numerous college, high school and community groups including Merrimack College, Goddard College, Framingham State University, The Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, Brookline, Chelsea and Wellesley Public School. His solo piece, UnMasqued, has been workshopped and performed at the Wheeler Theater in Port Townsend, WA. In 2012, Brian earned is Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and was named the recipient of the 2014 Framingham State University Young Alumni Achievement Award for his work in the performing arts.
Chris Edwards is an actor, director, fight choreographer and educator in his second year as Artistic Director at Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Prior to ASP he was the Artistic Director of Nevada Conservatory Theatre in Las Vegas. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Chris was the Associate Artistic Director, Director of Education and Apprentice Training and a company member with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Cold Spring, New York. As a director and actor he worked in London’s West End, Off-Broadway, The National Theatre of Oslo in Norway, John Houseman’s The Acting Company in NYC, HERE Arts Center, in NYC, The Helix in Ireland, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Ubu Rep. in NYC, The Flea Theater in NYC, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Hip-Hop Theatre Festival in NYC, Utah Shakespeare Festival, SOHO Rep in NY, Penumbra Theater and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis amongst others. As an director favorite plays include: Fences, Othello, The Three Musketeers, Around the World in 80 Days, Hamlet, A Winter’s Tale, Bomb-itty of Errors, and Equivocation to name a few. As an actor favorite roles include: Richard in Richard III, Caliban in The Tempest, Posthumus in Cymbeline, Macduff in Macbeth, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Leontes in A Winters Tale, Morris in The Blood Knot, Derek in A Mouthful of Birds. Chris co-founded Point of Entry Theater in NYC; an education based company dedicated to introducing inner city youth to heightened texts, both classical and contemporary. As an educator, he headed the professional apprentice training program at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and was an Assistant Professor at the UNLV, in Las Vegas, an adjunct faculty at Montclair State University in NJ and Visiting Faculty at Bennington College in VT. M.F.A. from the U. of MN in Association with the Guthrie Theatre.
Jamie Gahlon (she/her/hers) is the Director and a co-founder of HowlRound Theatre Commons, a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. Prior to this work, Jamie helped launch the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, where she worked for six years. Jamie has also worked with New York Stage & Film, and the New Victory Theatre. She is a Think Tank Member for the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. Jamie holds a B.S. in Culture & Politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and will begin graduate study in Performance Curation at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University this summer.
Jarvis Green is the Founding Producing Artistic Director of JAG Productions and the former Director of Theatre Arts at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret, VT. He is a director, performing artist, and cultural worker from Anderson, SC. He moved to Vermont in 2011 from New York City & founded BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard, VT in 2012. Jarvis received his training at the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, as well as South Carolina’s Anderson University and Governor’s School for the Arts. Jarvis has developed work with: The Public Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Village Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Capital Playhouse, BarnArts Center for the Arts, ArtisTree, Northern Stage and NCCT. In 2017, Jarvis accepted the New England Theatre Conference's (NETC) Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre on behalf of JAG Productions -- in recognition of sustaining theatrical excellence.
Emily Ranii is the Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University (WFT@BU), Academic Program Head of Boston University's Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI), and Lecturer for Boston University's Opera Institute. She has directed James and the Giant Peach for WFT@BU; Mrs. Packardfor Bridge Repertory Theatre Company/Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company; Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre; 9 Parts of Desire for Playmakers Repertory Company; After Life, Sweets By Kate, The Cradle Will Rock and Hydrogen Jukebox for Boston University; The Normal Heart, Heisenberg, Romeo and Juliet, Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer for Burning Coal Theatre Company (Company Member 2002-Present); Blood Wedding (co-director with E.D. Intemann) and The Body Project for Cornell University; Eurydice, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and a series of 10-minute plays for the annual 10 By 10 Festival at ArtsCenter Stage. Emily previously served as Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage in Carrboro, North Carolina, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Wheelock College, and Visiting Lecturer in Performing and Media Arts for Cornell University. She holds an M.F.A. (Directing) and Certificate (Arts Administration) from Boston University as well as a B.A. from Cornell University. As a graduate student at Boston University, she directed Anne Boleyn, Tongue of a Bird, Mary's Wedding, The Imaginary Invalid, Arcadia, The Maids, and God's Ear.
Michael A. Rosegrant (any pronouns said w/ respect) is a theatre artist whose work centers stories of identity, family, and history as a way to combat oppression. He is a founding member of Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB) and serves on the steering committee of the API Arts Network in Boston. His acting credits include shows at Arena Stage, NextStop Theatre Company, Boston University, and George Mason University; assistant directing credits include Sara Porkalob’s Dragon Cycle at the American Repertory Theater. Michael has performed her spoken word poetry at various events including A.R.T.’s New Year Celebration and Arts Connect International’s Arts Equity Summit. In addition to performing, they love writing plays, which can be found on New Play Exchange. They are currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre Arts (Performance) with a concentration in Sociology and African American Studies from Boston University. Twitter/Instagram: @michael_arose michaelrosegrant.com
Sarah Shin (she/her/hers) is a Korean American actor/director/theatre artist and producer currently based in Boston, and co-founder of Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston, a social collective seeking to empower and connect Asian American, Pacific Islander American, MENA American, and Kanaka Maoli theatre artists in Boston. As a student-led company, AATAB aims to connect student artists with working professionals, artists with producing organizations, and producing organizations with resources to improve Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. AATAB has been able to partner with the Pao Arts Center, API Arts Network, Company One Theatre, Lyric Stage, and American Repertory Theater on various events encouraging Asian artists and inclusive and intentional show programming. Sarah is also a 2019 graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts! During her college education she served as an Office Assistant at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and just recently finished a year of being a Love Nurse/Production Assistant for Diana Oh’s “Clairvoyance”, a year-long residency centered on queer magic and QTPOC power, at American Repertory Theater. She also recently produced, directed, and performed in an original musical titled “Something Else: A Love Cycle,” and plans to continue sharing the work, in addition to working on many other original projects with her gifted friends and colleagues. She is also a proud member of StageSource, NAACBoston, and the Actors’ Equity EMC Program. www.sarah-shin.com Instagram: @shinnysarah
Harold Steward (he/him/his) is the Interim Executive Director at The Theater Offensive. Most recently, Steward served as Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center, a division the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, which provides instruction and enrichment in the arts with an emphasis on the African contribution to world culture. Steward also founded Fahari Arts Institute in Dallas in 2009 after recognizing a gap in the landscape for local LGBTQ artists of color in Dallas. Fahari Arts Institute celebrates, displays and produces the work of queer artists from the African Diaspora.
Steward is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network, Theater Communications Group, and holds leadership and volunteer roles with Next Gen National Arts Network and Abounding Prosperity. Steward has been recognized for his leadership role within the Dallas art, African American and LGBTQ communities with accolades including the Dallas Voice Local Queer Notable, Apostle Alex D. Byrd Empowerment Award from the Legacy of Success Foundation, Dallas Voice Readers’ Choice Best Theatrical Director, National Performance Network Mentor and Leadership Award and D Magazine Up Starter in the Arts.
Cynthia Woo has been the inaugural Pao Arts Center Director since January 2017. Cynthia holds a Master’s in Art history from Tufts University with a certificate in Museum Studies. Before coming to Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Cynthia worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Center for the Arts, and LynnArts Inc. Visit BCNC’s website at www.bcnc.net, or watch their youtube video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puWAAi3IZPk&feature=youtu.be.
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