Kathleen Marshall Named VP of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

News   Kathleen Marshall Named VP of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Kathleen Marshall, who will direct an upcoming workshop reading of a new adaptation of The Unsinkable Molly Brown for the Denver Center Theatre Company, has been named the new vice president of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the independent labor union for stage directors and choreographers.
Rob and Kathleen Marshall
Rob and Kathleen Marshall Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Variety also reports Mary B. Robinson has been named the secretary of the union. They join a team that includes president Karen Azenberg, executive vice president Larry Carpenter and treasurer Doug Hughes. Newly elected to the union's board are Joe Calarco and Leigh Silverman. The board also includes Rob Ashford, Edie Cowan, Ethan McSweeny, Tom Moore, Lisa Peterson, Daniel Sullivan, David Warren and Chay Yew, according to the industry paper.

Laura Penn is the executive director of the union, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2009.

Kathleen Marshall is currently represented on Broadway with the revival of Grease. She directed and choreographed the recent revivals of The Pajama Game and Wonderful Town, winning Tony Awards for her choreography for both productions. She also choreographed the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors as well as the revivals of Follies; Kiss Me, Kate; Ring Round the Moon; and 1776. Marshall choreographed the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty musical Seussical and the original revue Swinging on a Star. Her other Broadway credits — as creative associate or assistant choreographer — include Victor/Victoria, Damn Yankees, She Loves Me and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Marshall served as artistic director of City Center's acclaimed Encores! series for several seasons.

Member representatives of SSDC, according to press notes, "collectively bargain contracts with producer organizations, thus creating the national standards for professional stage direction and choreography." The organization services approximately 1,700 members and 300 associates in the U.S. and abroad.