Dear Friends of TPSP,
I am honored and excited to have been selected by the People’s Shakespeare Project’s Board of Directors to serve as this company’s next Executive Artistic Director. As I step into this newest act of my life, I want to thank my predecessor Laura Korach Howell. Over the last 15 years, Laura has given my hometown of Lancaster and its local actors a premier Shakespeare Company, something that is not found just anywhere. Laura has built a home in Lancaster for the greatest writer in the English language.
I promise to continue beautifying and expanding the Bard’s local habitation, applying innovation to our MainStage productions and educational programming. I will draw on the whole of my theatrical journey, beginning here in community theatre when I was ten years old and leading me to a decade-long adventure on the New York City stage. Since returning to Lancaster, my office headquarters have been at my Alma Mater, J.P. McCaskey High School, where I encourage fellow alumni to stay connected and give back.
I remain in my McCaskey role and look forward to serving as a bridge between the youth of Lancaster City and Shakespeare’s theatre. As much as I endeavor to make creative additions to what Laura has built, I want to welcome ever-greater and ever-more diverse numbers into Shakespeare’s superb dwelling. As Laura and I both know, this is where we learn so much about being human.
To those of you I have already had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with through my stage appearances in TPSP productions like Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, I greatly look forward to continuing to work with you in fostering a stimulating and collaborative artistic environment. At the same time, I am so excited for the new partnerships I hope will blossom with each and every one of you who share an enthusiasm for Shakespeare and his Lancaster company.
“The readiness is all,” says Hamlet.
With your support, I am ready and truly thrilled to lead the People’s Shakespeare Project into the future.