Dan Sullivan Steps Down as Director of Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute

News   Dan Sullivan Steps Down as Director of Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center announced that Dan Sullivan will retire as head of the National Critics Institute (NCI).

Sullivan, who has served as a faculty member of the NCI since 1997 and its director since 1999, will remain on the faculty.

Sullivan served as a theatre critic for the Los Angeles Times for 20 years. He has also covered Off-Broadway for the New York Times and reviewed the the Guthrie Theater's first seasons for the Minneapolis Tribune.

The National Critics Institute is an intensive writing workshop aimed to strengthen writers' skills. Running concurrently with the O'Neill Playwrights Conference and the O'Neill Music Theater Conference, the institute offers an intensive, immersive experience where writers receive feedback from professional critics. The 2013 Institute hosted nine critic fellows, who were assisted by eleven faculty members, featuring workshops on the role of technology in theatre criticism, the rise of social media and the future of the criticism industry.

"Dan's gentle leadership and hard-driving pursuit of the next generation of theater journalists has formed the core of the O'Neill's National Critics Institute," O'Neill executive director Preston Whiteway said in a statement. "Dan has taught at NCI since its inception in 1968, and led the program since 1999, guiding the curriculum and students as the journalism business changed dramatically. The program is as necessary today as it was in 1968 — training budding theatre journalists, critics, bloggers, and reporters alongside our playwrights, composers, and artists here each summer. Just as our playwrights' work is often early in its development, and benefits from the O'Neill's process, so to do our NCI fellows. Dan's leadership, along with his associates Helene Goldfarb and Mark Charney, has left the program stronger than ever. I am grateful to him and his team, and glad that he will continue with the program as a faculty member."

Sullivan currently teaches journalism at the University of Minnesota. His replacement as director of the National Critics Institute will be announced at a later date. More information about the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center can be found by visiting theoneill.org.

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