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TBA Online: News & Features: April 2016

Cutting Ball AD Rob Melrose to Step Down

Monday, April 11, 2016   (1 Comments)
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Cutting Ball Theater announced today that its founding artistic director, Rob Melrose, will step down at the end of the current season to focus on his creative work and freelance projects. Cofounder Paige Rogers, who launched the company with Melrose in 1999 and has been overseeing the theatre’s day-to-day operations during Melrose’s recent sabbatical, will step into the role of artistic director.

Rob Melrose.

Melrose said, “These past few years, I have had the opportunity to direct at The Public Theater, the Guthrie, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe, and PlayMakers Rep, among others. Working at some of the most respected theatres in the country has pushed my work forward and I am looking forward to pursuing more of these kinds of opportunities.”

Rogers said, “As many of our patrons know, Rob and I have been married for nearly 25 years. I have always had one foot at the theater and another at home with our two children. This year has been an exciting one for me as I was called upon to lead the organization while Rob was on sabbatical; somewhat surprising to both of us, working 50 hours a week in the Tenderloin suited me quite well. As Rob will remain on Cutting Ball’s board and direct for us in the near future, this transition does not seem like a departure, rather a shifting of energies, and one that we are both thrilled about.”

About the transition, Melrose said, “I am doubly delighted that Paige Rogers will be taking over as artistic director. She did a phenomenal job during my sabbatical year and has a bold vision for Cutting Ball’s future. In the eight months that I was gone, Paige secured $150,000 in grant monies to install air conditioning in the theatre and to remodel the lobby, redesigned the website, and rebranded the theater. Working closely with her mentors, Marc Vogl and Rob Orchard through the Rainin Foundation and the Bloomberg Foundation respectively, Paige has been hard at work planning an exciting and sustainable future for Cutting Ball. We are both excited about each other’s artistic growth and how we have adjusted our lives to foster it.”


David J. Koppel says...
Posted Monday, May 2, 2016
Congratulations, Rob & Paige! Cutting Ball has grown immeasurably since its inception. I've enjoyed watching the imaginative, bold, and compelling productions over the past 14 years! Cutting Ball is a vital artistic voice in the Bay Area arts community and a vital resource for emerging playwrights, actors, directors, and designers. I look forward to seeing Cutting Ball continue to push the creative boundaries and inspire new voices in the theatre!