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Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre recently added 20 new members from a variety of theatrical disciplines. The move will facilitate the expansion of Artists Rep’s education and community engagement programs and will contribute to artistic programming by developing new work.

Read more: Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre Adds New Members

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Sense and Sensibility
The Utah Shakespeare Festival has been awarded a $100,000 NEA Art Works grant to support the world premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.  

Read more: Utah Shakespeare Festival Awarded $100,000 Grant

Changing Roles

Greville Kellett
GLP US Inc. has announced the appointment of Greville Kellett to the position of West Coast Sales Manager within the company.

Read more: GLP US Names Greville Kellett as West Coast Sales Manager

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Playwright Bruce Norris
Playwright Bruce Norris has offically joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company after a long association with the ensemble. Since 2000, Steppenwolf has produced seven of Norris’s plays, including  The Qualms, playing July 3 – August 31. His play, Clybourne Park, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012, the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2011 and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011.

Read more: Playwright Bruce Norris Joins Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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Annie Baker, 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for The Flick
Annie Baker, 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for The Flick
The Pulitzer Prize committee awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama to Annie Baker for her play The Flick. In their citation for the award the committee wrote that the play was a “thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theater, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage.” Playwrights Horizons originally produced the play in early 2013, directed by Sam Gold. The Prize comes with a $10,000 honorarium.

Read more: Annie Baker Wins Pulitzer for The Flick

Changing Roles

The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) announced that as of April 14, 2014, Erin Moore will be the new Executive Director, replacing Taryn Sacramone, who resigned last June. This is the culmination of a nearly year-long search for that candidate whose "love for the performing arts is matched only by her commitment to further the cultural vibrancy of Queens." Moore's first production as Executive Director will be Rodgers & Hammerstein Allegro, directed by APAC's Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik. 

Read more: Erin Moore Named As New Executive Director At Astoria Performing Arts Center

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Dennis Mirabella
ProTapes & Specialties promoted Dennis Mirabella to director of the company’s Arts & Entertainment Business Unit. Mirabella, a 32-year company veteran, has served the company in a variety of roles, most recently as business unit manager. In his new role, Mirabella will oversee the A&E business unit and also serve on the company's Operations Management Team.

Read more: ProTapes Names Dennis Mirabella Director of A&E Business Unit

Industry News

LONDON — Honoring the year's best theatre in London’s West End, the 2014 Olivier Awards were presented April 13 at the Royal Opera House. The production awards went to The Book of Mormon, named Best New Musical, to Merrily We Roll Along, named Best Musical Revival, Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense, Best New Comedy; Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Best New Opera Production; Puz/zle, Best New Dance Production; Chimerica, Best New Play, and to Les Misérables, which collected the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award.

Read more: 2014 Olivier Award Winners Announced

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Richard Pilbrow (center) announces that Jules Fisher has won the 2014 Wally Russell Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at USITT.
Richard Pilbrow (center) announces that Jules Fisher has won the 2014 Wally Russell Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at USITT.
With a career that spans five decades and a wide range of genres, Lighting Designer Jules Fisher has been awarded the Wally Russell Foundation's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Fisher is credited with lighting designs for more than 300 productions over the course of his 50+ year career in Broadway and off-Broadway shows, and for his extensive work in film, ballet, opera, television, and concert tours. He has been nominated 19 times for Tony Awards and received nine. His most recent project, Lucky Guy, 2013, garnered his last Tony.

Read more: Jules Fisher Honored by Wally Russell Foundation

Industry News

The April 18 deadline to apply for USITT’s 2014 Elite Training weekend at the Cirque du Soleil Training Center in Las Vegas May 29-31 is fast approaching. This training—free for those who are accepted—includes tracks for automation, rigging, sound, projection and stage management. Each track is open to only eight USITT student or early career members to make the training as hands-on as possible. Classes take place during the day, and attendees spend evenings backstage on Cirque du Soleil productions watching the training get put into practice.  

Read more: April 18 Deadline for USITT Training

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