Fulton Theatre Names Marc Robin New Artistic Director

By Kenneth Jones
January 23, 2009

Marc Robin, the respected director and choreographer whose work has been acclaimed in Chicago and elsewhere, has been named artistic director of the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA.

The board of trustees of the Fulton Opera House Foundation announced the appointment Jan. 23.

Since October 2008 Robin has served as interim artistic director, stepping in after long-time artistic director Michael D. Mitchell lost his battle with cancer.

Over the past nine years, Robin has guest-directed and choreographed numerous productions at the Fulton, all of which met with critical and audience acclaim as well as box-office success. Some of his credits there include Crazy for You, Hot Mikado, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Irish… and How They Got That Way, Brigadoon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Carousel, 42nd Street and the world premiere of Treasure Island for which he also wrote the music and co-wrote the book and lyrics.

"It is a great honor and also a heavy burden to manage this theatre that has such historical significance and such community engagement and expectations as well," stated Fulton managing director Aaron A. Young. "And I can say on behalf of all of the staff what a joy and a lift we have experienced with Marc's help as interim artistic director since October. He has truly made this a joyous place to be and reenergized everything that we are doing, and I am very personally and professionally grateful — and I know that the staff is as well. We are very honored to have him now as part of our permanent family."

Robin and Young hope "to make the Fulton Theatre an internationally recognized name in the arts while at the same time [build] its Lancaster support and community relationships," Robin said in a statement. "…We feel very strongly to make sure that not only are we trying to advance ourselves in the…national and international market, but that we do everything we can to increase our relationships here at home by extending our community outreach programs, by making sure that we are nurturing local talent, and making sure that we are not only moving this way but this way. It's a pretty fine dance; but being a choreographer, I welcome the challenge to do it."

As a freelance director/choreographer Robin has staged over 200 productions at theatres across the country including: Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL, Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars (Houston), Maine State Music Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Northlight Theatre, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Beef N Boards, Theatre at the Center, Peninsula Players, Mass Rep, Phoenix Theatre (Arizona), Bucks County Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square, Fireside Theatre and Skylight Opera.

He served as the artistic director for the Chicago OVATIONS series at the Auditorium Theatre where he directed several productions including Strike up the Band (starring Bea Arthur) and Promises, Promises (starring George Hearn). He served as the artistic director/director for the national tour of the Sing Along Wizard of Oz. He was artistic director for 13 years at Drury Lane Evergreen Park and a guest professor at Northwestern University.

He is the recipient of 16 Joseph Jefferson Awards (42 nominations) in Chicago. He is a resident of Lancaster, PA.

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The Fulton first opened its doors in 1852. More than 150 years later, "The Grand Old Lady of Prince Street" continues to delight audiences, bringing art, culture and more than 90,000 patrons into downtown Lancaster annually. With a season that runs from September through June, the Fulton produces comedies, dramas and musicals employing professional directors, designers, playwrights and union actors from the local community, New York and across the country. The Fulton also features a Family Series and tours at numerous schools throughout the state of Pennsylvania; acting classes for children, teens and adults; as well as outreach programs for at-risk youth.