Wednesday, April 25, 2007

It's Official at the Fine Arts Center

Alan Osburn has been named director of the Performing Arts Department and Producing Artistic Director of the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company. Osburn had been interim director since September 2006.

Yes, the name is also new: It's no longer called The Rep. (I don't know what effect this will have on anyone else, but not having to explain what The Rep was will give me about two more lines to review Fine Arts Center theater productions.)

There are other changes: The new company is going to emphasize professional talent more, beginning with the upcoming production of "Into the Woods," which opens May 11. And the recently added rehearsal space - part of the still-unfinished addition - is going to be transformed into a 90-seat black box theater.

Said Osburn: “Adding this additional performance space will give the company the freedom to produce more diverse material and delve into more drama, while continuing our current offerings of standard musicals and comedies in the SaGāJi Theatre.” He also hopes to develop new works in the space.

This is great news for the local theater community. New venues don't come along often - especially new venues with strong producing organizations behind them.

Read the complete press release here.


Blogger atomicelroy said...

Much better name!
I wonder what the rental policy ( if there is one) will be at the new black box.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Mark Arnest said...

Judging by the new production of "Into the Woods," the name change is not merely cosmetic: This is the most ambitious local musical theater production I've ever seen. (Review coming in the May 18 Go!.)

11:25 PM  

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