Theatre companies are diversifying their artistic teams this summer. Take a look below at some of the recently announced hires in the industry.
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Lily Tung Crystal
Artistic Director at Theater Mu (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota)
After nine years as artistic director of San Francisco’s Ferocious Lotus, the leader has taken on a new role in the Twin Cities. "I'm humbled, honored, and grateful to be entrusted with serving the Asian-American communities of the Twin Cities, making an impact on the region's vibrant arts and theatre scene and advancing Mu on a local and national scale," said Crystal.
Associate Director of Public Relations at The Public Theater (New York, New York)
Rigby has worked at the Public for seven years and was recently promoted from Senior Press Manager following the recent departure of Candi Adams. In this role, Rigby will lead the PR and media team. Upcoming shows include Coriolanus and a musical adaptation of Hercules as part of Shakespeare in the Park. The 2019–2020 season includes the world premiere of The Visitor, with music by Tom Kitt.
Director of Community Engagement at Trinity Rep (Providence, Rhode Island)
With a degree in marketing from Providence College and certifications from Harvard and Stanford, Cruz brings with her an extensive background in non-profits, the arts, and community organizing. In this role, Cruz will be responsible for building long-term relationships between the theatre and potential stakeholders. The 2019–2020 season includes The Prince of Providence and Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat.
President, Perelman Performing Arts Center (New York, New York)
Koch comes to the Perelman at the World Trade Center, which completes the revitalization plans for the site. "However old you were 18 years ago—that idea that this is a shared space and that culture is part of it, and bringing that idea of culture to life here, is very profoundly moving to me," said Koch, who most recently spent a decade as the head of the Governor's Island Trust.
Dramaturg/Literary Manger, Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, Florida)
After spending a year as a Tow Foundation Fellow at Roundabout Theatre Company, Monaghan moved to the Sunshine State. In this role, Monaghan will read and evaluate plays to make recommendations about which works could be performed. The Asolo plans to put on The Music Man, The Tempest, and A Doll's House, Part 2 during its 2019–2020 season.
Creative Director of Leeds 2023 (Leeds, U.K.)
Thuarai will helm the strategy for a year of cultural programming, born out of the city’s bid to gain the title European Capital of Culture. "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining Leeds 2023 and to be returning to a city that was instrumental in launching my career and is filled with so much incredible passion and immense potential," said Thuarai, who transfers from her role as CEO and artistic director of National Theatre Wales. Thuarai's previous stints include Leeds Playhouse, Red Ladder Theatre, Contact Theatre in Manchester, and Leicester Haymarket.
President, Creative Content and Productions at Madison Square Garden (New York, New York)
In this new role, Vogt will lead content strategy and development for all MSG Sphere entertainment venues and production assets, such as the Radio City Rockettes. "I am energized by this incredible opportunity," said Vogt. "I believe MSG Sphere will revolutionize the entertainment experience through sight and sound and feel confident that we can take the beloved Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Rockettes to even greater heights while respecting their incredible legacy" Vogt previously worked as Show Design and Production Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering for the theme park addition Star Wars' Galaxy's Edge.