Old Globe's Jerry Patch Is MTC's New Director of Artistic Development

News   Old Globe's Jerry Patch Is MTC's New Director of Artistic Development Jerry Patch, currently co-artistic director of San Diego's The Old Globe, is joining Manhattan Theatre Club's artistic team as the company's new director of artistic development. His work there begins in June.

Patch will be working with MTC's artistic team, including Daniel Sullivan, Mandy Greenfield, Amy Loe (director of artistic administration) and Lisa McNulty (associate director of artistic operations). Patch will also head up the play development office, which includes Raphael Martin, literary manager; and Annie MacRae, play development associate/Sloan Project Manager.

At The Old Globe, "he brought to the theatre works by such renowned playwrights as Amy Freed, Howard Korder, Richard Greenberg and Donald Margulies," according to a press announcement.

Prior to joining The Old Globe in 2005, Patch served as the dramaturg and a member of the long-standing artistic team at Southern California's Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory (SCR), where he coordinated the development of 150 new plays, including two Pulitzer Prize winners and numerous other Pulitzer finalists.

MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove said in a statement, "We have known and admired Jerry Patch for many years and have always had the highest regard for his talent and his role in working with writers. The Manhattan Theatre Club has had many associations with Jerry and South Coast Rep when Jerry worked there with David Emmes and Martin Benson. Together we have worked on plays by Richard Greenberg, Donald Margulies, Beth Henley, and David Lindsay-Abaire. We, along with acting artistic director Daniel Sullivan and associate artistic director Mandy Greenfield, are thrilled that Jerry is making the move east to join MTC in its roles on and off Broadway."

While at SCR, Patch worked as dramaturg on numerous new works, including Donald Margulies' Sight Unseen and Brooklyn Boy, which made its Broadway debut at MTC's Biltmore Theatre; Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Howard Korder's Search and Destroy; Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon and Freedomland; and Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel as well as world premieres of several plays by Richard Greenberg, including Three Days of Rain, Hurrah at Last!, The Violet Hour and Everett Beekin. In addition, he co-conceived The Education of Randy Newman with Michael Roth and Newman. Patch also served as the founding project director of SCR's Pacific Playwrights Festival, which annually introduces seven new plays to Orange County audiences and national theatre leaders.

During his tenure at SCR, Patch also held the position of artistic director (1990-1997) of The Sundance Theatre Program, which included the Sundance Playwrights Laboratory, one of the nation's leading new play development programs. Additionally, he ran the Sundance Summer Theatre, a repertory of two to three productions staged outdoors for Utah audiences and The Sundance Children's Theatre, which is dedicated to the development and presentation of new works for family audiences by leading American playwrights.

Patch has taught at UC San Diego, UC Irvine, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach City College and has been a guest lecturer at Yale, Duke, UC Santa Barbara and UC Los Angeles.

MTC produces on three stages in Manhattan: Stage I and Stage II at New York City Center (Off-Broadway) and the Biltmore Theatre (Broadway).

For more information visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.

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