Remington Will Head NEA's Theatre and Musical Theatre Division

News   Remington Will Head NEA's Theatre and Musical Theatre Division
Ralph Remington will join the National Endowment for the Arts as the director of theatre and musical theatre on March 15, the government agency announced on Feb. 23.
Ralph Remington
Ralph Remington

Remington was a city council member of the City of Minneapolis, representing Ward 10 from 2006 through 2009. Prior to that public service, Remington worked as artistic associate with Arena Stage in Washington, DC; producing artistic director and founder of the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis; and as an actor with the Guthrie Theater and Illusion Theatre, both of Minneapolis.

At the NEA, he will manage the NEA's grantmaking for theatre and musical theatre, "as well as develop partnerships to advance the theatre field as a whole, and lead large-scale theatre projects such as the NEA's New Play Development Program."

From 2001-02, Remington served as artistic associate and director of community engagement with Arena Stage, overseeing all of the company's outreach and education programs and a staff of 19. While at Arena, he led the Living Stage Theater Company, created and toured a theatre movement piece called America: Work in Progress, and directed Dael Orlandersmith's critically acclaimed The Gimmick. In the spring of 2002, Remington directed a well-received production of Amiri Baraka's Dutchman at the Source Theater in Washington.

From October 2000 to May 2001, he was the executive director of the Media Artists Resource Center in St. Paul where he was responsible for fundraising and strategic planning and engineered a successful merger with the Independent Feature Project.

In 1992, Remington founded Pillsbury House Theatre. Through 1999, he served as Pillsbury's producing artistic director, managing a $500,000 budget. He also selected and oversaw a four-to-six play annual series; founded Breaking Ice, a touring multiracial, socio-political improv company for youth and adults; and created the Chicago Avenue Project where children write and perform original plays with professional actors. The program received a Coming Up Taller award in 2005. The President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities presents the Coming Up Taller awards, which recognize outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree in drama from Howard University in 1984.

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