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July 24, 1989 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
A process that could open an exciting new era in Philadelphia's theater life is under way at the Philadelphia Drama Guild. The search for an artistic director has begun in earnest. I'm told that the producing organization's officials want to move the guild into the top rank of regional theaters and are looking for the person who can put it there. Are they serious? Well, they've gone and hired themselves a bona fide headhunter - Greg Kandel of Management Consultants for the Arts Inc., Greenwich, Conn.
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June 15, 2008 | By Teresa Anicola FOR THE INQUIRER
When Kelly Wright began working as a dancer in a production last season at the Walt Whitman Arts Center in Camden, she didn't realize the experience would change her life. But that's exactly what happened through The Spirit of Camden: Resurrection through Dance, an original concept by the center's artistic director, Desi Shelton-Seck. The music and dance production, which also has dialogue, explored the history of African Americans through dance. "My life had been going in a downward spiral since I lost my father" in 2007, said the 34-year-old Wright, of Camden.
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July 11, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Israel Hicks, 66, of Westchester, N.Y., chair and artistic director of the theater arts department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, died of cancer Saturday, July 3, at a Westchester County hospital. Working at Mason Gross for nearly a decade, Mr. Hicks left a large footprint. In his first year as artistic director, he started a yearlong residency program at Shakespeare's Globe in London for juniors seeking a bachelor of fine arts degree. Students work with renowned British directors.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1998 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Harriet Power has resigned as the artistic director of Venture Theatre, a post she held for 2 1/2 years, citing differences with the company's board and management. Power said that although her tenure at Venture remained "inspiring and important to me, the founding executive director's and board president's artistic and organizational priorities, agendas and vision are so different from my own that it is best for me to step down. " Power said the disagreements did not concern artistic matters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1997 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Aaron Posner, artistic director of the Arden Theatre Company since he helped found it 10 years ago, will drop his title and most of his administrative duties at the end of this season. He will however, continue to be actively associated with the company under the title of resident director. Posner said he asked to be freed from his full-time position and administrative duties to allow him time to pursue other activities. These include teaching at the University of the Arts, working with the grant-giving Independence Foundation and directing at other theaters, especially outside the area.
NEWS
January 25, 1990 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
Mary Robinson talked yesterday about her "wish list" of plays she has always wanted to do but didn't have the opportunity in the years she was associate director of the Hartford (Conn.) Stage Company and a freelance director on the Off-Broadway scene. She wouldn't name any of the favorites, though, because three of the plays she will direct next season for the Philadelphia Drama Guild will come from that list and she did not want to be pinned down just yet except to say that one of them would be new and one most likely from Shakespeare.
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February 26, 1992 | By Michael B. Coakley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John E. Allen Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theater in North Philadelphia, died of lung cancer last night at Lankenau Hospital. He was 58 and resided in Southwest Philadelphia. Set up in 1966 - in the peak of the civil rights era and with the support of the militant Black People's Unity Movement - Freedom Theater spent its first four years operating out of a North Philadelphia storefront and performing literally in the streets. Its first year's operating budget was about $2,000.
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September 14, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Aaron Posner helped found the Arden Theatre Company here in 1988. He did so with Terrence J. Nolen (now producing artistic director) and Amy L. Murphy (managing director). Then, sensing it was time, he stepped away in 1998 to pursue a writing career. With Thursday's opening of Stupid F#*@king Bird - director Posner's sad and hilarious "sort of" adaptation of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov - he shows that his dramatic instincts are still much the same as when he and Nolen met at Northwestern University.
NEWS
August 16, 2016
A story Saturday incorrectly described the departure of Joe Paprzycki from the South Camden Theatre Company. Paprzycki was dismissed as producing artistic director by an 11-3 vote of the company's trustees in June. He then resigned from the board of trustees.
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, Staff Writer
Ray Croce Sr. will take the reins as interim artistic director of the South Camden Theatre Company, a nonprofit professional theater organization, the company's board of trustees announced Friday. Croce, 58, of Cherry Hill - who works full time as a medical dosimetrist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia - replaces Joe Paprzycki, who stepped down from the unpaid position in June due to artistic differences with the company's board.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Chicago playwright and House of Cards writer Laura Eason's Sex with Strangers just opened at the Cape May Stage, to be followed by the Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park in August. Down the street, Rodgers' Romance , a Rodgers & Hart-based revue, is in full swing at the East Lynne Theater Company, with the gothic drama Dracula on its heels. Thirty-two miles up the road in Ocean City, the famed children's show A Year with Frog and Toad has just ended at the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, with West Side Story readying to open.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre  is vacating its home at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 21st and Sansom Streets, due to rising costs, and will be suspending productions for at least a year, Carmen Khan, the company's executive and artistic director said Tuesday. In a message to supporters, Khan also said she needs time to recover from surgery performed this past winter. While overall financial support has remained strong, she said, some donors "are retrenching," making it imprudent if not impossible for the company to continue on its current schedule.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
In a move unprecedented in Pennsylvania Ballet's 53-year history, nearly 40 percent of the dancers will be replaced for the 2016-17 season, artistic director Angel Corella said Monday. Of 43 dancers, 12 were let go and five are leaving on their own. Others, dancers say, are thinking of leaving. Pennsylvania Ballet, like most ballet companies, offers dancers one-year contracts. The rosters are always in flux, but it is less common to replace so many dancers at once. "It's always a difficult process for everyone" when contracts are not renewed, Corella said.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Opera Philadelphia has extended the contracts of two key members of its leadership team as the company expands plans for international co-productions, increases relationships with a glittering roster of singers and directors, and continues to blur the line of the opera genre - all while raising extra money to help pay for it all. General director and president David B. Devan and music director Corrado Rovaris have signed contracts that will keep...
NEWS
August 27, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MEZZO-SOPRANO Suzanne Duplantis has performed on opulently set stages while wearing exquisite costumes, accompanied by the finest orchestras, bowing to thunderous applause from beautifully dressed concertgoers. Today, her proscenium is an ICU room in Pennsylvania Hospital. Her costume, a jacket and slacks. Her accompaniment, the techno-beep of medical monitors. And her audience is a lone man. Tom Purdom, 79, is clad in a thin bed gown, his head held aloft by a neck brace, his body impaled by tubes, his lungs fed oxygen from a gently hissing tank.
NEWS
August 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In the sometimes-grandiose world of theater - endless monologues, three-act historical epics, roof-lifting anthems that go on and on - a little pithiness can be refreshing now and then. This week's two teeny-tiny theater events, the One-Minute Play Festival at Plays & Players and the Get Into Our Shorts Play Festival at the Painted Bride Art Center, crunch large theatrical constructs and elaborate themes into tapas-size snacks - 30 minutes and under for the Bride's shorts fest, its first, and, yup, 60 seconds for Philly's third annual One-Minute fest.
NEWS
March 7, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Gray, who has been serving as interim executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet since last summer, has had his interim status removed and will manage the company going forward, ballet board chair David Hoffman announced Thursday. Hoffman touted Gray's "strong leadership style and breadth of experience in ballet, nonprofit, and financial communities" in making the announcement. Gray, 55, who began in the press office of the New York City Ballet and then became a certified financial planner and consultant to many nonprofits facing change, has also been executive director of the American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's largest dance organization.
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