Playwrights Horizons Announces First Change to Artistic Leadership in Almost 20 Years

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Playwrights Horizons announced Jan. 14 the promotion of Adam Greenfield to associate artistic director, the first major change to the theatre's artistic leadership since Tim Sanford was made artistic director in 1996.

Greenfield has been at Playwrights Horizons since 2007, first with the title of literary manager and then as director of new play development. He was instrumental in launching the theatre's Resident Company Program.

“I’m deeply moved by the invitation to extend my relationship with a company and artistic director who I consider unparalleled in their life-long commitment to writers and their work," said Greenfield. "We’re in the middle of a great era in American playwriting."

Artistic director Tim Sanford commented, “Since joining Playwrights Horizons in 2007, Adam has opened doors to a wealth of new writers...His engagement with new work is fervent, discerning and positive, and writers adore him because of his palpable love for his work and his fierce advocacy of their efforts. By promoting him to associate artistic director, we acknowledge his extraordinary contributions to our organization and open the door for him to make an even greater impact in the future.”

In addition to Greenfield’s promotion, current associate literary manager Sarah Lunnie has been named literary manager.

Playwrights Horizons is a writer’s theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, under the leadership of Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus. The 2014/2015 Playwrights Horizons Season will continue with Placebo, the world premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Melissa James Gibson, directed by Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin; Iowa, the world premiere of a new musical play by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Commendation winner (2008) and finalist (2013) Jenny Schwartz, music and lyrics by Todd Almond, oratorio lyrics by Ms. Schwartz, directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll; and conclude with The Qualms, the New York premiere of a new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Bruce Norris, directed by Tony Award and Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon.


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