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TBA Online: News & Features: May 2016

Insider Theatre News - May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016   (0 Comments)
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News and opportunities from the Bay Area and beyond the Bay:

Bay Area Theatre News

TBA Editors’ Picks for May shine a spotlight on shows at Golden Thread, City Lights, B Street Theatre, Ray of Light, Pear Theatre, NCTC, SF Playhouse, African-American Shakespeare Company and Central Works. Guest editor: Velina Brown of the SF Mime Troupe, author of “The Business of Show Biz.” Learn more about these shows.

Andy Donald, new associate artistic director of American Conservatory Theater.
Photo: Ben Arons

American Conservatory Theater has announced that Andy Donald, former artistic director of Naked Angels in NYC, will step into the role of associate artistic director as of July 5. Donald will take on producing and presenting duties within the artistic department, as well as taking the lead in the commissioning and development of new work.

Shotgun Players
is being audited by the EDD over the definition of “employee”—your company could be next. Read the LA Stage Alliance article.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre and California Shakespeare Theater will host a free half-day symposium called “Breaking the Binary: Building a Trans/Gender-Non-Conforming/Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre” on May 16 from 3-7:30 p.m. Organized by Lisa Evans and SK Kerastas, the event will be held at Berkeley Rep’s administrative offices at 999 Harrison Street. View event information and RSVP.

Lydia Garcia, new 
literary manager/resident dramaturg for Marin 
Theatre Company. 
Photo: Courtesy of OSF
Marin Theatre Company has announced that Lydia Garcia, formerly resident dramaturg at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has stepped into the role of literary manager and resident dramaturg. At OSF, Garcia was also a resident lecturer and teacher and a trained staff facilitator for issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Crowded Fire Theater
 has announced the launch of its Ignite Fund, awarding up to $10,000 per year to designers and technicians through a competitive application process. Grants will range from $1000-5000 per recipient. Learn more about the Ignite Fund

Jon Tracy, new artistic director of TheatreFirst. Photo: Nina Ball

TheatreFirst in Berkeley has announced Jon Tracy as its new artistic director. Under Tracy’s leadership, the company has been restructured to adopt a developmental residency model, building its 2016-17 season from commissions; season artists include Rotimi Agbabiaka, Maryam Obaidullah Baig, Rob Dario, Lauren Gunderson, Oona Hatton, Chinaka Hodge, Taylor Korobow, Jeffrey Lo, Bridgette Loriaux, Evren Odcikin, Stephanie Prentice, Cleavon Smith, Kim Tran, Adrienne Walters and Reggie White.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has announced that Rachel Hull, former director of education and community enrichment for the Dallas Theater Center, will step into the role of director for its School of Theatre. At DTC, Hull’s programs included Project Discovery, winner of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, given by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Berkeley Playhouse has announced the departure of former producing artistic director Daren A.C. Carollo; Kimberly Dooley has been named as the company’s new associate artistic director, joining founding artistic director Elizabeth McKoy in leading the company.

LevyDance has announced that London-based director and designer Garance Marneur will step into the newly created position of executive artistic director. She will join founder and artistic director Benjamin Levy, with whom she has collaborated for a number of years, in leading the company.

Tabard Theatre has announced that it will replace the stage platform at Theatre on San Pedro Square in San Jose this August. The new stage, which will have curved front steps and improved lighting angles, is being partially funded by a donation from CASE Design/Remodeling of San Jose.

Ben Yalom, coartistic director of foolsFury, recently published an article on HowlRound: “Ensemble Creation: The Director’s Roles.”


City Lights Theater Company is accepting submissions of new plays by Bay Area playwrights for its 2016-17 New Play Readers Series; deadline is May 16. Learn more about this program.

The San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs is accepting nominations for the 2016 Cornerstone of the Arts Awards; deadline is May 13. Learn more about these awards

Beyond the Bay 

Tony nominations are out, including theatre-makers with Bay Area roots: Daveed Diggs (Best Featured Actor); Carole Shorenstein Hays (producer, Best Play); Liesl Tommy (Best Direction); a “Best Play” nom to The Humans, featuring Cassie Beck; and more! View the 2016 Tony noms list.

National Endowment for the Arts Receives 2016 Special Tony Award for its commitment to “paving the road” between Broadway and US cities. Read more about this honor.

Advocacy alert: AB 2855 is set to be heard in the State Assembly Appropriations Committee soon. TBA and CalNonprofits oppose this bill as burdensome on nonprofits. Learn more about the bill.

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