explore & enjoy.

#1 Michael Ritchie & I, doing the dog & pony show to raise money for Antaeus.
photo: tbd

#2 Antaeus signage, the artisan version. ClassicsFest was the first artistic programming I created as AD.
photo: tbd 

#3 Friend & mentor Dan Sullivan, friend & actress Kate Burton & me at Antaeus' seminal fundraiser in May of 2007. 
photo: Geoffrey Wade 

#4 Harry Groener & Ann Gee Byrd in Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. We made an old warehouse space into a theater: opened in the winter with no heat & handed out blankets to the audience to keep warm. When our hit production ran into the summer, we turned on fans & passed out frozen water bottles. 
photo: tbd 

#5 Antaeus' first benefit, at Rhonda Aldrich's house. The crowd enjoys watching the company entertain in my most favorite of all theater settings: a backyard.
photo: Geoffrey Wade 

OTHER IMAGES: arts consulting: I love Henri Matisse's La Buisson seriograph; in my Workroom it serves as an emblem for growth. leadership bio: Mia Sterling's art for 2010's acclaimed production of King Lear. 

 

        I have known Jeanie for many years as an actress,  
director, coach & as a fellow Artistic Director.  

she performs all roles        
with equal skill, discipline,       
intelligence & talent
      
 
& was especially valuable to me as a colleague as   
we ran our respective theaters in Los Angeles.  
I have no more trusted compatriot than she.  
 
MICHAEL RITCHIE   
Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group   

                                               

Monday
Sep102012



Thrilled to continue to be consulting with NYC's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. In 2013 Rattlestick brought  Daniel Talbott's Slipping to the Lillian Theater, & currently has a co-pro, Stupid F-ing Bird at The Theatre@Boston Court. As well, Center Theatre Group is currently presenting the LA premiere Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins, starring Michael Urie, also first produced by Rattlestick. Rattlestick.org for all the info.


I continue to serve by invitation of the the LA Stage Alliance on the Ovation Award Rules Committee. Along with 12 or 14 other theater artists & administrators in town, we meet once a month to help increase visibility, foster community & honor the best of theater in Los Angeles. Oh, & we oversee rules & procedures for the Ovation Awards. Here's me & the ORC gang at the 2013 Award Ceremony.

Sunday
Aug262012

theater consulting

Stanislavski once said that artists who are not moving forward are moving backward. I believe the same holds true for arts organizations. Organizational growth is something I'm passionate about. And having nurtured the development of two acclaimed small theater companies in Los Angeles, it's where my expertise lies.

I believe theater management can & should be as vital & creative as the art we put on stage. Aritistic vibrancy / community relevance / creative capitalization = the mighty core values of sustainable organizations. Balance & intentionality in these three areas = astonishing success stories.

Let's talk about how I might be able to help your small theater grow its art & business. I'll share with you the benefit of my experience: from programming & mission growth; marketing & fundraising; staff & board development; & strategic planning. 

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Sunday
Aug262012

leadership bio

As Artistic Director of The Antaeus Company from 2003-2011, I oversaw all artistic, administrative, development, marketing & financial operations of L.A.'s most highly respected classical theater company. 

From 2003 - 2006 we grew the company's artistic strength; from 2007 - 2011 we grounded the work with professionalized leadership, infrastructure & funding. Already steeped in a reputation for quality, Antaeus during this time achieved an unprecidented level of artistic vibrancy & organizational growth.

Ensemble development, actor training & arts education; donor giving & administrative functions; critical acclaim & community engagement all blossomed, culminating in the launch of the theater's first full season of plays. This achievement was rewarded with the LA Drama Critic's Circle Award for "Best Season" of Los Angeles theater for 2010.

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Thursday
Aug232012

press & awards

The Antaeus Company

2010 LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD, BEST SEASON IN A INTIMATE TO MID-SIZED THEATER 
2010 BITTER LEMONS #1 THEATER COMPANY OF THE YEAR 

KING LEAR (AD & producer)
with Dakin Matthews & Harry Groener doubling in the title role
LA Times / LA Weekly / KPCC Review / LA Times Feature: Antaeus Doubles Up on King Lear
Ovation Nominations = Lead Actor / LA Drama Critics Circle AWARDS = Direction, Lead & Featured Performance, Sound Design / Backstage-Garland AWARD = Best Production / Bitter Lemons AWARD = #1 Revival of the Year

COUSIN BETTE  (AD & director)
World Premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Adaptation of Balzac's Novel
LA Times / Variety / LA Weekly Feature: Love Me Tender, Love me Harsh / LA Weekly / Backstage / Curtain Up / StageHappenings.com / Broadway World / LA Theatre Review / Stage Scene LA 
Ovation AWARD = Costume Design ~ O Nominations = Production, Playwright, Lead Actor, Sets, Lights, Sound Design / LA Drama Critics Circle AWARDS = Production, Adaptation / Backstage Garland AWARDS = Direction, Adaptation, Lead Performance, Lighting Design / Bitter Lemons #14 Top Los Angeles Premiere of the Year

PEACE IN OUR TIME (AD, project creator, producer)
a new adaptation of Noel Coward's play, using his wartime music 
LA Times / Backstage / LA WeeklyExaminer.com / LA Times Feature: Coward Play to get U.S. Premiere at Antaeus / LA Stage Times Feature: The Young Idea Project
Ovation AWARD: Best Production of a Play in an Intimate Theater ~ O Nominations = Lead Actor, Scenic, Lighting, Sound Design / LA Weekly AWARD: Production of the Year ~ LAW Nominations = Costume, Set Design / LA Drama Critic's Circle AWARD: Best Revival 

PERA PALAS (AD, producer & actor)
Sinan Unel's Instanbul epic: 3 generations, 10 actors play 30 characters
Variety / LA Times / Backstage / LA Weekly Feature: Servicing Their Country 
Ovation AWARD = Set Design ~ O Nominations = Production, Direction, Ensemble, Costumes / Backstage Garland AWARDS = Direction, Ensemble, Sets, Costumes, Lighting / LA Drama Critic's Circle AWARDS = Production, Direction, Ensemble / LA Weekly AWARD = Sets ~ LAW Nominations = Production, Ensemble, Costumes / Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) AWARD = Outstanding LA Production

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN (AD & producer)
site specific staging of Brecht's masterpiece 
Variety / LA Times / Backstage / LA Times Feature: Selfless Acts of Courage / Backstage Feature: Stage Spot 
Ovation Award Nominations = Prodution, Ensemble / LA Drama Critics Circle AWARD = Best Revival / LA Weekly AWARD = Lead Performance 

CHEKHOV x 4 (AD, artistic coordinator & producer)
Four one-acts by Anton Chekhov 
LA Times / LA Weekly Feature: Russian' Around / Backstage Feature: Classical Giants 
Ovation Noms/Awards = n/a / LA Drama Critics Circle AWARD = Ensemble ~ LADCC Nominations = Production, Adapation / LA Weekly Nomination = Lead Performance

AMERICAN TALES (AD & producer)
world premiere musical based on Twain & Melville short stories 
LA Times / Backstage / LA Weekly / Stage Scene LA / Variety / LA City Beat / LA Stage Alliance Feature: Antaeus Begins it's 15th Dream Season 
LA Weekly Nomination: Ensemble

TONIGHT AT 8:30 (AD, artistic coordinator, actor, producer)
Noel Coward's 8 One Acts, presented in two parts.  
LA Times / Backstage 1 / Backstage 2 / Curtain Up 1 / Curtain Up 2 / LA Weekly / Variety 1 / Variety 2 / NY Times Feature: Brushing up Their Coward / The Noel Coward Society, Feature: Interview with Jeanie Hackett 
LA Drama Critics Circle Nomination = Best Revival / LA Weekly Award Nomination = Best Revival

THE MALCONTENT (AD & producer)
Shakespeare's contemporary John Marsden's viciously funny masterpiece.
L.A.Times / Backstage / LA Weekly / Arts Beat LA 
Ovation AWARD = Costume Design / LA Weekly AWARD = Costume Design ~ LAW Nominations = Adaptation, Supporting Performance, Sound Design

THE AUTUMN GARDEN (AD, actor, producer)
Lillian Hellman's gang of Southern misfits
LA Times / LA WeeklyBackstage / LAistHuffington Post Feature: LA's Secret Pleasures / LA Stage Times Feature: Four Actors Play Two Roles  
Ovation Award Nominations = Featured Actor, Sets, Costumes / Backstage Garland AWARD = Sets 

CLASSICSFEST  (AD, project creator, actor, director, producer)
Summer Festivals of company initiated workshops & readings

2011 = The Lucky Chance / A Delicate Balance / Othello / The Legend of Oedipus / Ceasar & Cleopatra / After the Dance / The Matchmaker / Long Day's Journey Into Night / 2010 = Arcadia / The Helen Fragments (director) / Les Femmes Savant / Peace in our Time (project creator) / The Capulets & the Montegues / Juno & the Paycock / The Malcontent / Mr. Puntilla & His Man Matti / Failth Healer (actor) Les Blancs / Merry Wives of Windsor // 2008 = Troilus & Cressida / The Autumn Garden / The Glass Menagerie / Zastrozzi / Light Up The Sky / Rhinoceros / The Voysey Inheritance / Cousin Bette (Director) / August: Osage County (actor) / The Rover (director) / Medea / The Women / Richard III // 2006 = The Summer People (director, actor) / Act A Lady / The Doctors Chekhov (actor) / The Menechemus Twins / Prince Poupon Needs A Wife / Stirrings Still / Aggememnon (actor) / A Month in the Country (actor) / A Penny for a Song / The Merchant of Venice (director) / Sweet Mercy / Coriolanus / The Father / No Man's Land / Phaedra (actor, presented in 4 performances at The Getty Villa) / Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolff? / Rear Collumn // 2004 = The Dickens Project (recorded for NPR) / American Tales / Nora (director) / Collaborators (actor) Twelfth Night / American Buffalo / Don Juan / Poems in my Pocket (project creator) / 2003 = Talking Tennessee / Love's Fire (director) Prince of LA / Love's Labour's Lost (director) / Orpheus Descending (director)
Backstage Feature: Antaeus ClassicsFest Features Impressive Slate / Examiner.com Feature: Affordable & Interesting Theater / LAist.com Feature: 14 Classic Plays in 6 Weeks / StageHappenings.com review