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 be consulting with NYC's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, in 2013 presenting Daniel Talbott's acclaimed play Slipping at the Lillian Theater here in LA. Great news: this could mark the launch of Rattlestick West. // Currently at Rattlestick NYC: the Craig Lucas' new Ode To Joy. Later this year, reopening on B'way: The Revisionist by Jesse Eisenberg, starring Vanessa Redgrave & Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins starring Michael Urie at Center Theatre Group. Go to Rattlestick.org for ticketing info for both NYC & LA.

 

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. Here's me & the ORC gang at the 2013 Ovation 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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