Jeremy Blocker Named Managing Director of New York Theatre Workshop
By Carey Purcell
Jeremy Blocker has been named the New York Theatre Workshop's managing director.
Blocker succeeds William Russo, who now serves as the managing director of American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Fred Walker currently serves as NYTW's interim managing director.
Blocker will join New York Theatre Workshop in January 2014.
Blocker is currently the managing director of Ars Nova, where he worked to establish a structure that developed and produced new projects. During his time there, the budget of Ars Nova grew by 50 percent, and Blocker oversaw six world-premiere productions.
His previous positions include director of individual giving at Manhattan Theatre Club and development associate for capital projects at Atlantic Theater Company. Blocker holds an MFA in theatre management from Columbia University's School of the Arts.
"In Jeremy we have high hopes in his extraordinary energy, enthusiasm, and ideas. He is poised to help us in reaching out to our many audiences with his social media, fundraising and marketing skills. Coming from Ars Nova is particularly thrilling to us because he has extensive experience in workshopping and developing works from both emerging and established artists and we hope he will help us find an even more public presence in this endeavor," co-presidents Noel Kirnon and Heather Randall said in a joint statement.
Now in its 31st season, New York Theatre Workshop presents three to five new productions, more than 80 readings and numerous workshop productions each season. Previous productions include Jonathan Larson's Rent, Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Doug Wright's Quills, Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde, Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla, Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away and A Number, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's Aftermath and Rick Elice's Peter and the Starcatcher.
The current season includes Fetch Clay, Make Man, written by Will Power and directed Des McAnuff; What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined, music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and others, musical arrangements by Kyle Riabko, directed by Steven Hoggett; Love and Information, written by Caryl Churchill and directed by James MacDonald; and Cinderella/Cendrillon, original text and direction by Joel Pommerat.
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