August 19, 2009

Catching Up

I've been back 8 days now - and still feel rested! It was a great break and I really, really, really loved the change of pace.

Things are starting to get busy around here with the subscription campaign in full force, most of the production staff back from their summer gigs working on the shows, and rehearsals for Fences just began yesterday. Single tickets go on sale tomorrow.

I've got lots to tell you about so I'll dish it out in small servings.

I would like, first of all, to welcome Lisa Timmel to the blog. Lisa is our Director of New Work, and she joined us here at the Huntington this past spring to help us keep our new play development programs moving forward. She gave us several interesting blog posts during this summer's Breaking Ground festival and I'm looking for hearing from Lisa here on a regular basis.

Ms. Timmel recently served as the interim dramaturg and advisor to the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater. She has developed work by Adam Bock, Jason Grote, Sarah Ruhl, Francine Volpe, Sheila Callaghan, Steven Sater/Duncan Sheik and Tanya Barfield among others.

Previous positions include artistic producer at Carole Shorenstein Hayes Productions and director of new play development at Playwrights Horizons. Notable productions developed at Playwrights include I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens, Small Tragedy, and The Pain and The Itch.

Trained in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at Columbia University (MFA), she has worked with various theater companies and developmental organizations including Sundance Theater Institute (White Oak), New Dramatists, Actors Theatre of Louisville, National Actors Theatre, INTAR, Classic Stage Company, and New Georges.

Lisa served as an adjunct professor of dramatic literature at NYU and as the staff dramaturg at The Juilliard School. Ms. Timmel holds a BA in English Literature from Kenyon College.

Welcome Lisa!

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