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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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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.
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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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July 25, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Ballet, once a major national dance company, turned 50 this year and was in need of a makeover. It got an immediate jolt Tuesday when it named Angel Corella its new artistic director, effective in September. Corella, 38, a former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, is an international star who has performed with every major company around the globe. He's modeled for Rolex watches and appeared in ads for champagne with Gwyneth Paltrow. Most recently, he ran his own company, Corella Ballet Castilla y León, which became the Barcelona Ballet but which has since folded.
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July 24, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
The Pennsylvania Ballet has hired a new artistic director: Ángel Corella, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. The Spanish-born Corella, 38, whose appointment was approved Tuesday by the board, is slated to start part-time in September, then full-time in January. He succeeds Roy Kaiser, who announced his retirement in April and will step down in October. A ballet spokeswoman said Corella was not available for an interview. Corella, who was born in Madrid, joined ABT in 1995 and was promoted to principal a year later.
NEWS
June 11, 2014
A story Tuesday about Flashpoint Theatre Company described Thom Weaver erroneously. He is the company's artistic director; he is not its founder. A graphic in Tuesday's Inquirer incorrectly said the Coatesville VA Medical Center is among 112 sites nationwide under investigation for delays in scheduling patient appointments.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Take a MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient as your composer, add a Tony Award-winning playwright who has collaborated with the likes of Philip Glass and Elton John, and what do you get? In a word: Ainadamar . A Grammy Award-winning opera by Osvaldo Golijov, with a libretto by David Henry Hwang, Ainadamar premiered in 2003 at Tanglewood and later was lauded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most moving and meaningful operas of our time. " On Friday, Opera Philadelphia's production - unusual, in many ways - will open at the Academy of Music and run through Feb. 16. In a series of flashbacks, Ainadamar (pronounced "eye-nah-dah-MAHR")
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
CHICAGO has a branded, hometown-oriented jazz orchestra. Cleveland and Pittsburgh, too. So why doesn't our town - far richer than most in jazz history, heroes and students - have a rootin', tootin' Philadelphia-labeled ensemble to celebrate our riches, from the hey-days of Coltrane, Gillespie and Getz to the newest kids on the blocks? Come Tuesday, at long last, we will, as the 17-member, brass-heavy Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) makes its debut in gala (and hopefully fundraising)
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August 12, 2013
Season's best, roadside delivery It was something you don't see often: Just a mile west of Intercourse, there was a wood-enclosed booth about 20 feet from the road. Drivers pulled over, and an Amish or Mennonite adult came out to the people waiting in their cars. They then disappeared into the cornfield, and returned with fresh-cut corn, right from the stalk. Usually, I camp in the surrounding area during the Fourth of July holiday, and this attention to freshness in selling corn is one thing I will always remember.
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June 23, 2013
French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer, 78, who dressed such fashion plates as Jackie Kennedy at the height of his career, has died. The French Couture Federation said the designer died early Thursday in Paris. The cause of death was not immediately known. After training under Christian Dior, Mr. Scherrer launched his own label in 1962, holding his first show in a cellar. The house went on to become a symbol of uptown elegance in the 1980s. But it went through hard times financially and the house was sold.
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