By Kenneth Jones
02 Aug 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
The nonprofit Equity company in Wisconsin has long been known for having a resident actor company, whose members are cast throughout the season, appearing with local and out-of-town performers on The Rep's several stages.
The 19 Associate Artists will include all six of the resident actors — Jonathan Gillard Daly, Lee E. Ernst, Laura Gordon, Gerard Neugent, James Pickering and Deborah Staples — plus Rep veterans May Adrales (director); Timothy Douglas (director); Angela Iannone (actor); Todd Edward Ivins (scenic and costume designer); Dan Kazemi (composer/musician); Kudisch (actor/producer); Reese Madigan (actor); Jeff Nellis (lighting designer); Aaron Posner (director); Rosenthal (scenic designer); Simonson (actor/director/playwright); Lindsay Smiling (actor); and John Tanner (composer/musician).
Associate Artists will begin their tenures with the start of the 2012-13 season. They "will help participate and advise on choosing plays The Rep produces as well as other initiatives," according to The Rep announcement on Aug. 2. "They will contribute to the work seen on all Rep stages, read scripts, engage in education projects, mentor the staff, participate in monthly Artistic Staff meetings when possible, attend an annual retreat and serve as advocates for The Rep in their home communities across the nation."
Rep board president Judy Hansen said in a statement, "The Rep has long been committed to a core group of artists. Building upon the strong foundation of excellence that was fostered by a Resident Acting Company, this new ensemble of established and emerging theatre artists will continue The Rep's commitment to giving voice to a broad spectrum of cultural, educational and community experiences that serve and reflect the diversity of perspectives found in this region."
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