MTC Announces Staff Changes; Paige Evans Is Director of Artistic Development

News   MTC Announces Staff Changes; Paige Evans Is Director of Artistic Development In a year that Manhattan Theatre Club is experiencing its most extraordinary growth spurt, the not-for-profit troupe — soon to have a Broadway house, this fall — is making some staff changes.

In the months leading up to the fall opening of the former Biltmore Theatre, artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove announced new staffing within the MTC beehive.

Paige Evans, MTC's former literary manager and director of play development, has been named the company's new director of artistic development. Evans will be working closely with Meadow on the creation of MTC's artistic policy and the producing of work at the theatre's new home at the renovated Biltmore Theatre. She will also continue to guide the artistic activities that take place at City Center in MTC's two theatres.

Evans has been with the MTC since 1990, except for a period in which she was in Cuba on an Institute of Current World Affairs Travel and Writing fellowship. During Evans' tenure at MTC, the company has produced Sylvia; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; and Love! Valour! Compassion!, among other works.

Mandy Greenfield has been named artistic associate in charge of artistic operations at the Biltmore and City Center. Greenfield will coordinate and administer MTC productions in addition to advising Meadow and Evans on long-term planning. Greenfield's background includes three years as the producer of the Blue Light Theater Company, as well as serving as the producer of Basic Grammar, under the auspices of which she produced Betty Rules and Texarkana Waltz.

Dan Fields has been named an artistic associate and will be working on line producing many of the company's shows in addition to cultivating new projects and acquiring new talent. Before joining the MTC staff, Fields was the producing artistic director of Finesilver Shows for three years and was the resident director and assistant to Julie Taymor on Walt Disney Theatrical's The Lion King on Broadway. Casting at MTC will be handled by Nancy Piccione and David Caparelliotis. Piccione has been at MTC since 1992 and has received the Casting Society of America award for casting MTC's production of Proof. Caparelliotis joined the staff of MTC in 1996 and has also cast the Off-Broadway productions of tick, tick...BOOM!, Betty Rules and Lifegame, among other independent projects.

Clifford Lee Johnson III will continue in his capacity as director of musical theatre assisted by Jeremy Desmon. Johnson has been director of musical theatre at MTC for 10 years.

Amy Gilkes, assistant to Meadow, will co-produce the company's special events in addition to working closely with Meadow. This will be Gilkes' fifth season with MTC. Before that, she was an intern at Jujamcyn Theaters. For information about MTC, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.