LAByrinth Theater Company Names New Artistic Directors

News   LAByrinth Theater Company Names New Artistic Directors John Ortiz, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Gould Rubin have stepped down as artistic directors of LAByrinth Theater Company.
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz Photo by Monique Carboni

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell and actor Yul Vázquez — all LAB members — will assume the voluntary positions of co-artistic directors for the company's 2009-2010 theatre season. Marieke Gaboury is the new producing director. In a joint statement Ortiz and Hoffman said, "In Stephen, Mimi and Yul, we, along with the Company and Board, have chosen a new leadership that truly comes from the heart of LAB. All three are long time, dedicated members and gifted artists, who have stepped up to this position of service out of love and respect for this Company – this family. We look forward to working with them as members of the Company that it has been our honor to lead. Passing this torch to them feels exactly right . . . When we took over as Artistic Directors, it was always going to be a temporary thing. Now we're at this exciting time for the Company, and we have total confidence in this transition. And we're not going anywhere: we'll be very involved in the Company as Board Members and continually available to the new leadership as advisors. Most of all, we're excited to get to be Members again, as the Members are the real heart and motor of LAByrinth Theater Company."

Vázquez is one of the original 13 LAB company members; Guirgis has penned many of the company's award-winning productions; O'Donnell is one of the most active costume designers in New York City. LAByrinth's 2005 production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot saw the three collaborate as actor, playwright and designer.