Rubin Joins Hoffman and Ortiz in New LAByrinth Leadership

News   Rubin Joins Hoffman and Ortiz in New LAByrinth Leadership John Gould Rubin joins Philip Seymour Hoffman as co-artistic director of the LAByrinth Theatre Company, while John Ortiz assumes the role of artistic director for the downtown troupe.

A longtime LAB member, Rubin will also take on the position of executive director as the 15-year-old company enters its 2007-2008 season. Ortiz and Hoffman had previously served as co-artistic directors.

An actor, director and producer, Rubin has been a LAByrinth Company Member since 1998. For the company, he has produced Stephen Adly Guirgis' Our Lady of 121st Street and Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train as well as John Patrick Shanley's Dirty Story.

His directing credits with LAB include Dreaming in Tongues, Stopless, The Trail of Her Inner Thigh and Shanley's A Winter Party and Mémoire. He is also slated to helm next season's staging of Rebecca Cohen's Penalties and Interest.

Other directing credits include Edith Freni's My Dog Heart (EST Marathon), Dan Klores' Myrtle Beach (Naked Angels), Qui Nguyen's Bike Wreck (EST's Youngbloods) as well as Little Willy, Trial By Water, The Evolution of a Sexy Mutha Fukah!!, A Matter of Choice and his first film, "Almost Home." Upcoming projects include Julie Marie Myatt's My Wandering Boy (Summer Play Festival), The Fartiste, Little Doc and Caravaggio.

The LAByrinth Theater Company began in 1992 when 13 actors joined forces to form a place to work. The goal was to create a home where the group, for three hours each week, could engage in a variety of theatrical exercises designed to "push each others' limits and bind together into a tight-knit, uninhibited and impassioned ensemble — one in which each member is given the opportunity and support, not just to act, but to write, direct, produce, sweep, paint, hang lights, etc." The company, now consisting of 98 members from a wide array of cultural perspectives, has produced 47 mainstage productions, including Jack Goes Boating (2007), Sailor's Song (2004), Dirty Story (2003), Where's My Money? (2001) and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings (1999). The 2007-08 season will be its fifth in residency at The Public Theater — which has also served as a collaborating partner on School of the Americas (2006), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2005) and Guinea Pig Solo (2004).

For more on LAB, visit the website at labtheater.org.