Robert Moss Will Fly Back Into Ithaca's Hangar as Interim Artistic Director

News   Robert Moss Will Fly Back Into Ithaca's Hangar as Interim Artistic Director
Hangar Theatre executive director Lisa Bushlow announced Aug. 17 that after the departure of current artistic director Kevin Moriarty the Ithaca, NY, would welcome former artistic director Robert Moss to take over in an interim capacity for a year.

Moss, who spent 15 years at the Hangar as one of its first artistic directors, retired from Syracuse Stage earlier this year. Bushlow stated, "I am so pleased that Bob Moss accepted our offer to step in as the Hangar's interim artistic director. Bob's 25-year relationship with the theatre's artists, facilities, and our community makes him uniquely positioned to select a season for 2008 that will engage the Hangar's diverse audience."

She added, "It will be great fun to work again with the Hangar's founding artistic father and my first professional theatre mentor; only this time, I'm serving as executive director of the theatre. What an opportunity for us all!"

In June, the Hangar announced that Moriarty would be leaving the organization when the current season ends on Sept. 2. Effective Sept. 4, he will take over as the new artistic director of the Dallas Theatre Center in Dallas, TX.

A search for Moss' permanent replacement will begin in the coming months. A successor will be announced in summer 2008.

Moss recently retired after ten seasons as artistic director of Syracuse Stage. While there, he staged My Fair Lady, Visiting Mr. Green, Crimes of the Heart, Big River, The Wizard of Oz, Hamlet, M. Butterfly, Backsliding in the Promised Land, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Romeo and Juliet, Born Yesterday, Inherit the Wind, You Never Can Tell, A Few Good Men and Angels in America, among others. As artistic director of the Hangar Theatre for 15 years (1981-1996) he directed more than 30 productions as well as several one-hour Shakespeare adaptations that toured local schools. Concurrently Moss was the director of Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, which is affiliated with the undergraduate program of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Moss founded Playwrights Horizons in New York City in 1971 and served as its producing director for ten years. Under Moss' guidance, Playwrights Horizons produced new plays by more than 150 American writers, including James Lapine, Wendy Wasserstein, Albert Innaurato, William Finn and Ted Tally. *

Since 1975, the Hangar Theatre has been presenting professional theatrical productions in a renovated municipal airport hangar near the shores of Cayuga Lake. In addition to its Mainstage summer season, the Hangar also offers a complete line-up of children's theatre productions called KIDDSTUFF, a nationally recognized training program known as the Lab Company, and year-round educational programming that includes School Tours, Artists-in-Schools programs such as Project 4, and the Next Generation School of Theatre Summer Camp. For more information about the Hangar Theatre, visit

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