Johnna G. Torsone, Vice Chair. Your Message. The firm has conducted more than 40 comparable searches for artistic leadership for many of the nation’s professional theatres, an announcement said. She is a passionate supporter of The Montessori School in Wilton, the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth ballet (where three of her five children dance), and the Connecticut chapter of the Teach for America Alumni Network. Ross will succeed Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, who served as managing director from 2006 to 2008. All summer long, the Westport Country Playhouse was dark. For Westport Country Playhouse information, go to www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Previously, Barker was general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, and managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company. Partner, Cohen and Wolf. Playhouse Hires New Managing Director. She holds a certificate in Theater Production from the Commercial Theater Institute (CTI), and is currently pursuing a Theater Management and Production degree from Columbia University. I have enormous respect for him and I'm a great admirer of his work. Artistic directors Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe returned to the Westport Country Playhouse on January 2, 2008 to provide interim artistic leadership for the 2008 season. He made his film acting debut in "Longtime Companion. In addition, she teaches a weekly U.S. citizenship class at the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, where she also volunteers as a pro bono attorney. Anne Keefe, Associate Artist. A season schedule is available at www.westportplayhouse.org. This blog is personal opinion, and is not representative of the views of the Westport School District or Board of Education. Lamos, who last season was asked to take over from Paul Newman the direction of the Playhouse's "Of Mice and Men," said, "At that time I had no idea that Westport Country Playhouse would attract me on so many levels. Paige S. Couture was born and raised on the Upper East Side in New York City. Monday, November 13, 2006 . ", "We are excited to welcome Mark Lamos as our new artistic director and Michael Ross as our new managing director," said Sandra Walters DeFeo, president, Westport Country Playhouse board of trustees. I started to learn more about its dazzling history, the parade of great artists who had worked there over nearly 80 seasons, its constant commitment to excellence and its important contribution to the history of American-- as well as Connecticut-- theater. Thursday, September 28, 2006 . I couldn't be more excited about embarking with him on a new era at the Playhouse, a theater I've long revered for its rich and storied history. For the past two years, Ms. Woodward served as Westport Country Playhouse artistic director emeritus as well as a member of the board of trustees. The Playhouse is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. ", Lamos was named a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama in 2007 and has been awarded the Stanford Chair at University of Miami in Coral Cables this year. His other Broadway credits include "Cymbeline," "Seascape" (Tony Award nomination for Best Revival) and "The Rivals" (Lincoln Center Theater); and "The Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm" and "The Deep Blue Sea" (Roundabout Theatre). for The Acting Company at New York Shakespeare Festival); Jon Robin Baitz's "The End of the Day" (Playwrights Horizons); and "Measure for Measure" (Lincoln Center Theater, Lortel Award). The Playhouse was designated as an Official Project of Save America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is entered on the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places. “Then I saw the beautiful Playhouse theater and began to feel a quickening of the heart.” “We are excited to welcome Mark Lamos as our new artistic director and Michael Ross as our new managing director,” said Sandra Walters DeFeo, president, Westport Country Playhouse board of trustees. 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He completed the theater's $6.8 million initiative to increase its endowment; developed highly successful community engagement, accessibility and young audience programs; and increased contributed income 54% over five years. Nardozzi-Marghella holds an Associate degree in Applied Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), as well as a Child Development Associate (CDA) degree in Early Childhood Education from Norwalk Community College. Currently an Associate Artist at Westport Country Playhouse, Annie served as Playhouse Artistic Director, with Joanne Woodward, in 2008 and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Ms. Woodward. The 2009 SeasonInterim artistic directors Woodward and Keefe created the Playhouse's 2009 season last October. Click Here for More Articles on KRISTIN CHENOWETH, Broadway Performers Talk Shutdown Hustles with CNBC, Kerry Washington Talks About Playing the Villain in THE PROM. Our Mission. After attending the Nightingale-Bamford School from kindergarten through twelfth grade, she earned a BA in History from Oberlin College. Ross served since 2002 as managing director of Center Stage in Baltimore, the award-winning State Theater of Maryland, where he managed a $7.5 million dollar budget and oversaw operations, finances, audience development, ancillary programming, strategic planning and fundraising. Patch Mayors are trusted local users who help moderate the Patch platform by promoting good local stories and flagging unwanted content. We are collectively committed to a constant expansion and reimagining of who can be a Playhouse Person. Off-Broadway credits include A. R. Gurney's "Buffalo Gal" and the world premiere of Gurney's "Indian Blood" (Primary Stages); "Big Bill" (Lincoln Center Theater); "Tiny Alice" (Lortel Award, Drama Desk Award nomination); Lee Blessing's "Thief River" (Signature Theatre); "Love's Fire" (seven one-acts by Guare, Wasserstein, Bogosian, etc. Theater veterans Mark Lamos and Michael Ross have been named artistic director and managing director, respectively, of Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut, as the historic theater enters its 79th season. His extensive work in opera includes new productions for the Metropolitan Opera, including the world premiere of John Harbison's "The Great Gatsby" (also seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago), numerous productions for New York City Opera, and new productions for San Francisco Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and the opera companies of Santa Fe, St. Louis, Seattle, Washington, Toronto, Portland, Dallas, Gothenburg and Munich. San Francisco) and "Lulu" at Yale Repertory Theatre. Due to the global pandemic, we were forced to postpone our entire 2020 season. Under Lamos' direction, PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center" telecast of "Madama Butterfly" won a 2008 Emmy Award for New York City Opera. Information about the Playhouse is also available at www.westportplayhouse.org. Barker, 36, comes to Westport from Mill Valley, California, where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company. Westport Country Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. I'm looking forward to working closely with the Playhouse's talented staff and dedicated board. WESTPORT, CT - Four new members were elected to the board of trustees at Westport Country Playhouse, bringing the trustees total to 33, led by Barbara Streicker of Westport, chair. Tuesday, December 13, 2005 . And I'm deeply thankful to be coming home to Connecticut.". He served as a public member on the State's Judicial Review Council from 2009 to 2016, appointed by Governor Jodi Rell and reappointed by Governor Dannel Malloy. More "Joanne Woodward Bows Out as Westport Playhouse Artistic Director" On This Day- Kristin Chenoweth Pens A LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY! “Jodi’s experience and professionalism, … Not All Kindergarten Programs Are Equal: Discover RA! Lamos will direct the upcoming "Adriana Lecouvreur" with Placido Domingo, opening in February at the Metropolitan Opera. "These things are intangible, of course," he continued, "but rehearsing in that vital, intimate space, so lovingly restored by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, along with a group of passionate board members, I began to feel an indescribable attachment not only to the theater but also to the community of board members, donors and audiences to whom it mattered so deeply. Maggie Lehnerd-Reilly, originally from Berea, Kentucky, received her BA in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College. The views expressed here are the author's own. Community Leader. My intention, however, is to honor the outgoing artistic directors' vision as we move forward.". Athena T. Adamson. Last year, 85,000 attended or participated in Playhouse programming. Keefe Joins Playhouse Board of Directors. Her current film productions include "Relish,"written and directed by Justin Ward. Michael Barker joined Westport Country Playhouse in 2016 from Mill Valley, CA, where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company. Jodi Schoenbrun Carter: Joining the Westport Country Playhouse staff in December.Contributed photo Jodi Schoenbrun Carter will become the Westport Country Playhouse’s new managing director on Dec. 10, Playhouse Board of Trustees President Elisabeth Morten announced today. Westport Country Playhouse is launching two new advocacy groups, the Theater Council and the Playhouse Youth Council, to support the artistic andcommunity-building mission of the historic theater which celebrates its … Watch 10 of Our Favorite Kristin Chenoweth Performances to Celebrate Her Birthday! Lamos, who from 1980 to 1997 was artistic director of Hartford Stage, accepted the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater on behalf of Hartford's body of work. Introducing Stage Mag, the New BWW Service to Make Your Own Show Program - for Free! To learn more, click here. I couldn’t be prouder to know them, and I share this award with them.To be honored in one’s own community is the greatest gift imaginable. Her current theater projects include the Broadway production of "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations," as well as the Off-Broadway premiere of "The Secret Life of Bees." It was called “Coffee With …” The series continues this Thursday (November 19, 7 p.m.), with artistic director Mark Lamos. A lover of the arts since a young age, Couture grew up enjoying many of the best artists and performers in New York City. Woodward, acclaimed actress and director as well as a long-time resident of Westport, was the Westport Country Playhouse’s artistic director from 2000 to 2005, with Ms. Keefe as her associate. Lamos added that he is "thrilled that this season will include the participation of my good friend Michael Wilson, director of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,' who followed me at Hartford Stage." Dirnberger has over 35 years of experience in the field of institutional and private investment management, notably, as vice chairman of Julius Baer's US-based investment advisor, and managing director at Lyster Watson & Company. Our Mission. Anna Czekaj-Farber, Secretary. Six new members were elected to the board of trustees at Westport Country Playhouse at a June meeting. During his tenure at Hartford Stage he staged acclaimed productions of many classics, including 14 Shakespeare plays, as well as a cycle of Ibsen dramas, including the full-length "Peer Gynt," starring Richard Thomas. Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2005, the Playhouse enhanced it rich history as a summer venue into a year-round, state-of-the-art producing theater, which has preserved its original charm and character. They include, in recent years, Karen Allen, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Jill Clayburgh, Jane Curtin, Richard Dreyfuss, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Eartha Kitt, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Plummer and Gene Wilder; and in past years, Olivia de Havilland, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Helen Hayes, Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Gloria Swanson and Jessica Tandy. Anne Keefe: Left associate artistic director position on Tuesday.Contributed photo Anne Keefe, former Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director, now has a place on the playhouse’s Board of Directors.. She took the position on Wednesday. As Westport Country Playhouse is my artistic home. He made his Broadway directing debut with a transfer from Hartford Stage of "Our Country's Good," for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Director. The Playhouse said a search for a new artistic director will be led by the Playhouse board of directors, coordinated by Management Consultants for the Arts of Cos Cob. After graduating from Bank Street with an MS in Middle School Special & General Education, she worked for six years as a special education teacher at the Bronx Preparatory Charter School. David Tillson, Treasurer. "The decision to bring in a new managing director originated with Mark and the idea of him and Michael Ross coming on board as a team became a requirement of accepting our offer. They are Athena Adamson, vice chair of the Playhouse board of trustees; Adam Clemens, secretary of the Playhouse board of trustees; Rashana Graham, New … We are hoping to stay with most of the season as announced, since it is already in the planning stage. Celebrating its 79th season in 2009, the venerable Westport Country Playhouse is creating extraordinary, quality productions of new and classic plays. HEADLINES. In addition to management consulting for theaters across the country, he was program officer for National Arts Stabilization. But bright conversation took place online, via virtual chats with artists. Dirnberger retired from business in 2011, and currently is active in several community organizations. 'I Wish They Could See': Health Care Workers Tired, Demoralized, Latest Update on Earth's Future on Dec 14. As Artistic Director, Woodward joined a team including Associate Artistic Director Anne Keefe, Executive Director Alison Harris, Board President Elisabeth Morten, and a dedicated board and staff, to insure the future of Westport Country Playhouse, both physically and artistically, for generations to come. Westport Country Playhouse’s board of trustees announced today that Michael Barker will be the Connecticut theater’s new managing director. Laura Benanti Teams with Randy Rainbow for 'Man with a Plan' Biden/Christmas Parody! Four new members were elected to the board of trustees at Westport Country Playhouse during 2017. The Playhouse has produced more than 700 plays, 36 of which later transferred to Broadway, most recently the world premiere of "Thurgood" and a revival of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" with Paul Newman, and in earlier years "Come Back, Little Sheba" with Shirley Booth, "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish and "Butterflies Are Free" with Keir Dullea and Blythe Danner. ", Lamos noted that as he met many of those associated with the Playhouse he began to sense that "this could be a wonderful fit for me right now." He is the former treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee of the United Nations International School. Lamos received the 1989 Connecticut Medal for the Arts and three honorary doctorates for his work at Hartford. A Special Note About Our Staff. Friday, September 22, 2006 . He was an Infantry Captain in the US Army from 1965 through 1970, flying helicopters in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division and serving as Aide-de Camp to the Commanding General of the 18th Airborne Corp at Ft. Bragg. Your Message. Previously, Ross was managing director of Long Wharf Theatre (1997-2002), where he was on the producing team for the commercial transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winner, "Wit." The Playhouse is a stronger place because of her, and her passion has been inspiring to all. Michael Ross most recently served for six years as managing director of Center Stage in Baltimore and previously worked in management with two Connecticut theaters, Long Wharf Theatre and Hartford Stage. HEADLINES. Previous volunteer community involvement includes the Trumbull Board of Education, USA Swimming Association, and PTA Councils. Westport Country Playhouse has elected four new Board of Trustees members. BroadwayHD's November Lineup - A KILLER PARTY, HEDWIG, and More! Sandra Walters DeFeo is elected president of the Playhouse board of trustees. During his tenure at Hartford Stage (1986-1996), he moved up from box office and business manager to general manager. The list of actors, directors and other theater artists who have worked and continue to perform on the Playhouse's legendary stage reads like a "Who's Who" of the American theater. Last fall, Lamos directed "Of Mice and Men" at Westport Country Playhouse. Opera world premieres he has guided include "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" (New York City Opera), "Central Park" (Emmy Award nomination for Best Direction, televised for PBS' "Great Performances"), Dominick Argento's "The Aspern Papers" (PBS' "Great Performances"), John Harbison's "Winter's Tale" (San Francisco Opera), and Tania Leon and Wole Soyinka's "Scourge of Hyacinths" (Munich Biennale). The final agenda item was to appoint a new volunteer director for the Westport Transit District. Barbara Bartucca: “an experienced professional.”Contributed photo Barbara “Bobbie” M. Bartucca joined the Westport Country Playhouse as development director this week, said John A. Vaccaro, president of the Playhouse board of directors.. Bartucca joined the playhouse staff on Thursday. Ms. Woodward, acclaimed actress and director as well as a long-time resident of Westport, was the Westport Country Playhouse’s artistic director from 2000 to 2005, with Ms. Keefe as her associate. For more information, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. In 2008, she moved to Westport, where her husband, Kerry, has been employed at Bridgewater Associates since 2003. Then I saw the beautiful Playhouse theater and began to feel a quickening of the heart. Partner, Eagle Ridge Investment Management, LLC. "This decision has only to do with my chance to work again with a valued colleague I've long admired.". There may be some changes or rearrangement of announced plays. He’ll talk about the upcoming season, casting, his career, and anything else you ask. March 28, 2009 Playhouse Names New Development Director. WESTPORT, CT - Four new members were elected to the board of trustees at Westport Country Playhouse, bringing the trustees total to 33, led by Barbara Streicker of Westport, chair. "Michael and I will take over this varied and entertaining season as we prepare for future ones," commented Lamos. Elisabeth Morten, former board president, becomes chairman. Photo via Westport Country Playhouse by Robert Benson. Chenoweth Joins Film Adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES. Be first to get the top news & best streams. The Playhouse said a search for a new artistic director will be led by the Playhouse board of directors, coordinated by Management Consultants for the Arts of Cos Cob. Many new plays and musicals moved from Hartford to New York and beyond, and the theater premiered new work by Tony Kushner, Simon Gray, Tom Stoppard, Richard Foreman, Anne Bogart and many others. Mark Lamos, a resident of Sherman, Connecticut, is a director of plays, musicals and opera. The amazing staff who stretch themselves every day to keep it afloat are my extended family, as is the extraordinary board of directors. For its artistic excellence, the Playhouse received a 2008 Westport Arts Award for Theater Achievement, a 2005 Governor's Arts Award, a 2000 "Connecticut Treasure" recognition by then Connecticut Lieutenant Governor M. Jodi Rell, numerous Connecticut Critics Circle Awards and a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, among other significant honors. "I want everyone to know that my enthusiasm for having Michael as a partner in this endeavor began well before I met with Jodi, and was completely independent of Jodi's qualifications or her performance as current managing director - which has been superb," he said. Westport Country Playhouse has announced Michael Barker as is its new managing director. Fairfield's Hamlethub Your Town. After college, she spent three years teaching fourth grade in Phoenix as a Teach for America corps member. Michael BarkerManaging Director. "Building on Joanne and Annie's artistic success, this exceptionally talented team shares the board's vision to bring the venerable Playhouse to the forefront of American theater as it approaches its 80th anniversary season. The board recognizes and appreciates the significant contributions Jodi has made in the last two years and is grateful for the wonderful work she has done as managing director. He added, "When it became clear that my old colleague Michael Ross was interested in working with me, there was no reason not to accept the chance to take the Playhouse into a new moment, a new era, a new direction. Richard Slavin, Assistant Secretary. Andrew Rannells & James Corden Talk About Their THE PROM Co-Stars, James Corden Talks THE PROM, a 'Butthole Cut' of CATS, Emily Blunt Talks About WILD MOUNTAIN THYME. House: 'Private, Gated, 16-Room Estate' In Westport, Staples Players Radio Theatre Presents 'A Christmas Carol' Sunday, St. Luke’s Director of College Counseling Receives Faculty Award, 2 Arrested In Connection With Robbery Of CVS In Westport: Police, Food Safety And Nutrition Questions Answered By Experts At Consumer Reports. "I've known Mark for almost my entire career. Westport Country Playhouse has elected four new Board of ... Westport's Hamlethub Your Town. Since leaving her teaching career to raise her two children, she has been an active member of the Mom's Club of Fairfield/Easton, currently serving as president, and enjoys beekeeping, raising chickens, and gardening. Teresa (Terry) Nardozzi-Marghella is president and CEO of MANM Productions, an investment and production company specializing in theater, film, and television. Always wanting to teach, she joined the Churchill School, a private school for children with learning disabilities in Manhattan, while attending Bank Street College of Education. They join the current 31 trustees, led by Barbara Streicker of Westport, chair. Tony Award-nominated director Mark Lamos was appointed following a year-long, nationwide search by the theater's board of trustees. The new Playhouse trustees are Paige S. Couture of Easton, Jay A. Dirnberger of Westport, Maggie Lehnerd-Reilly of Westport, and Teresa (Terry) Nardozzi of Fairfield. Seth & Stars Holiday Sale - 15 Stars for $15/each. On December 5, Moffly Media held the 12 th Annual Light a Fire Celebration of Giving at Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. Long-time Laurel House Board Director Michael Parker was one of ten individuals and organizations honored at the event, which celebrates volunteers, philanthropists, and organizations in lower Fairfield County “who have gone beyond the ordinary to … The Best Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List, Nantucket Garden Designer Seeking Estate Cottage/Garage Apartment, Wow! Gurney and Paxton Whitehead. New York City Opera won an Emmy Award for the Lamos'-directed "Madama Butterfly," televised on PBS' "Great Performances. He is in his ninth year as a mentor in the Westport School System; past president of the Y's Men of Westport/Weston; member of the Finance Committee of the Westport Historical Society; and member of one of the oldest commemorative military units in the United States, Gold's Dragoons. The new leadership team will assume their positions on February 1, 2009. Lehnerd-Reilly relishes opportunities to actively participate in the community. Theatre veterans Mark Lamos and Michael Ross are named artistic director and managing director, respectively . Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse). Born and raised in Chicago, educated at Northwestern University, Lamos began his career in the theater as an actor, first in Chicago and then on Broadway and in regional theater, most notably the Guthrie Theater, where he spent over three seasons, and the Old Globe Theatre, where he played the title role in "Hamlet," directed by Jack O'Brien. ", Lamos concurred. Playhouse Executive Director to Resign. Four new members were elected to the board of trustees at Westport Country Playhouse, bringing the trustees total to 33, led by Barbara Streicker of Westport, chair. February 1, 2009. Her experience working in an immigrant community in Phoenix inspired her to attend UCLA Law School through the J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. Jay A. Dirnberger has been a resident of Westport with his wife Molly since 2008. He will take the helm from Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, who served as interim artistic directors during the 2008 season. Westport Country Playhouse serves as a treasured home for the theatrical arts, its audiences and its artists. Since our founding in 1931, the Playhouse has taken the extraordinary step to close only once before, in the midst of World War II. 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