Regional Theatre News



JANUARY 17, 2019


The book, Treading the Boards, will be available for purchase at the upcoming Unified Professional Theatre Auditions (UPTA) in Nashville, TN Feb. 8-11 AND ACL Theatre Resources will be a vendor at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Knoxville, TN Feb. 28-Mar 2nd. If you will be attending SETC, please stop by and say hi.

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Pillsbury House + Theater (MN), Greenbrier Valley Theater (WV); WHO’S IN & WHO’S OUT: Emily Mann will be stepping down at AD of McCarter Theatre (NJ) at the end of the 2019-2020 season; SOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… : IHeartRadioBroadway, You May Have Seen podcast by Brian Lafontaine

JANUARY 10, 2019


BIG NEWS: Drama Book Shop is purchased by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tommy Kail, Jeffrey Seller & James L. Nederlander; SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (NJ); WHO’S IN & WHO’S OUT: Hartford Stage names Melia Bensussen as new AD; Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s new executive artistic director is William Trice; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: – Anna Louizos Shares the Concepts Behind Her Designs of Broadway’s Avenue Q, In The Heights and More.

JANUARY 3, 2019


SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTSOlney Theater Center (MD), The Acting Company (NYC), La Jolla Playhouse (CA); WHO’S IN & WHO’S OUT: Company of Fools (ID) has a new producing artistic director, Scott PalmerARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: – With Broadway’s Choir Boy, Moonlight writer Tarrell Alvin McCraney Makes Necessary Theatre, – Concord Music Acquires Samuel French in Big Push Into Theater Business, – Three New Year’s Resolutions for Actors That Actually WorkSOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… : 2019 has been designated the Year of Chicago Theater

December 20, 2018


SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Gloucester Stage Company (MA), Nebraska Shakespeare (NE); ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: The Secret Life of Understudies on Philly’s Theater Scene, Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

The podcast will be back on Thursday, January 3rd.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

December 13, 2018


SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Hangar Theatre (NY), Marin Shakespeare Company (CA), Bay Street Theatre (NY); ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: Sarah Bellamy, AD of Penumbra Theatre Co. (MN) & Jamil Jude, AD of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Co. (GA) interview each other, interviews two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage; SOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… : Actors Theatre of Louisville will be giving a theatre grant to theatre practitioners to experience a weekend of the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays, check out

December 6, 2018


SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Independent Shakespeare Company (CA); WHO’S IN & WHO’S OUT: Kenney M. Green is the new Producing AD at Depot Theatre (NY); The Muny has a new Managing Director, Kwofe Coleman; Bruce Millan is retiring and handing the helm of Detroit Repertory Theatre (MI) to Leah Smith; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: interview with Rosemary Harris, Stockard Channing, Glenn Close & Mercedes Ruehl; Tiffany Nicole Greene was asked to direct the tour of Hamilton but didn’t want it to interfere with her directing gig at Dallas Theater CenterREGIONAL AUDITIONS: Twin Cities Unified Theatre AuditionsSOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU…: Great Performance on PBS-Harold Prince, The Director’s Life

November 29, 2018

A brand new issue is now available so click here to order your copy of TREADING THE BOARDS.

GET IN THE RUNNING FOR A FREE ISSUE OF TREADING THE BOARDS. Listen to the podcast, write a review by Dec. 12th and you could win a free issue.

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Cortland Repertory Theatre (NY); Peninsula Players (WI), Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (NV), Idaho Shakespeare Festival (ID); ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: Aaron Sorkin writes about his experience adapting To Kill a Mockingbird for Broadway; Alabama Shakespeare Festival announces 22 new play commissions, article on ASF’s Initiative, American Theatre Magazine’s piece of Williamston Theatre’s Development Director, Emily Sutton-Smith and how she excels at fundraising; SOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… actually 2 things: Popcorn Falls is available for licensing, Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine podcast.

November 15, 2018

A brand new issue is now available so click here to order your copy of TREADING THE BOARDS.

ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: article/interview with actor Jay O. Sanders about the role he was meant to play; Actress Ann Dowd’s speech for Glamour Women of the Year Summit, it’s heartfelt, true and inspiring; shares Steppenwolf Theatre Company has launched the MIX list, a new resource for new & under-produced plays featuring marginalized characters at their center. SOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU…Drama Book Shop will host Terrence McNally and author/director of Every Act of Life, the film and companion book, Jeff Kaufman in December, day & time TBA.

November 8,2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Cape May Stage (NJ), Barter Theatre (VA), Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (NC)WHO’S IN & WHO’S OUT: Joanie Schultz is leaving Texas’ WaterTower Theatre; Weathervane Theatre (NH) has a new producing artistic director, Ethan Paulini;ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: Interview with Ethan McSweeny, the new artistic director of American Shakespeare Center (VA), Actor Jefferson Mays interview with American Theatre Magazine, DC Metro Theatre Arts interviews director Desdemona Chiang

November 1, 2018

BIG NEWS OF THE WEEK: Drama Book Shop is relocating in early 2019 not closing for good as some media sources stated.  (American Theatre Magazine online); SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PA), Barrington Stage Company (MA) & Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company (NY); ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: American Theatre Wing announces ten theatres receiving the 2018 National Theatre Company grants, Signature Theatre (VA) & Yale University forge a pioneering partnership to bolster musical theater writing talent at the college level (Washington Post), starts a bi-weekly email with the latest job postingsSOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… A new documentary about the four time Tony award winning playwright Terrence McNally called Every Act of Life will be on digital & VOD platforms on Tues., Nov. 6th.

October 25, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: American Players Theatre (WI), Woodminster Summer Musicals (CA), Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, (MO), Looking at the 100 year history of The Muny video, The Muny (MO), Lake Dillon Theatre Company (CO); ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: Frank Rizzo, long time CT theatre critic talks about what theater Boards are asking of potential artistic directors

October 18, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Congo Square Theatre (IL), Goodspeed Musicals (CT), Ozark Actors Theatre, (AK) WHO’S IN & WHO’S OUT: Eric Woodall is the new AD at North Carolina Theatre; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins reviews a biography of Lorraine Hansberry for the New York Times. 

October 11, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: B Street Theater (CA), California Shakespeare Festival (CA), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, African-American Shakespeare Company (CA), Company of Fools (ID); WHO’S IN & WHO’S OUT: Greg Longenhagen is the new AD at Florida Repertory Theatre; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: Dominque Morriseau is a 2018 MacArthur FellowsSuzan-Lori Parks wins the Mimi; REGIONAL AUDITIONS:SETC, NETC.

October 4, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Theatre at the Center (IN), Purple Rose Theatre Company (MI), Austin Shakespeare (TX), Austin Playhouse (TX), The Black Rep (MO), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center accepts applications for their annual National Playwrights Conference; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: American Theatre Magazine’s annual Top 10 Most-Produced Plays & Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights for the 2018-2019 season, Goodman Theatre in partnership with Chicago Dramatists select writers for their Playwright’s Unit; REGIONAL AUDITIONS: Theatre Bay Area General Auditions (CA), UPTA (TN); SOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… : Tea With the Dames is playing on Pay-Per-View and Show Score, an organization that gives you discounted theatre tickets and after the show you get to have a drink and discuss what you just saw with other theatre lovers.

September 27, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS:Upstream Theater (MO), A Contemporary Theatre (WA), Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (MO) & KCShakes Facebook pageOld Creamery Theatre (IA); WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT: David Ivers will be new AD at South Coast Repertory Theatre (CA), Jamil Jude will replace Kenny Leon at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (GA); ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: Stage Craft with Gordon Cox interviews Janet McTeer & Theresa Rebeck about Bernhardt/HamletREGIONAL AUDITIONS : A1ConferenceNorth Central Region Auditions and MidWest Theatre Auditions

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS:WP Theater (NYC), WaterTower Theatre (TX), Seven Angels Theatre (CT), Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (NC); WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT: Theater Talk takes its final curtain call; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: American Theatre Magazine Interviews Lois SmithSOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… : Tea with the Dames – and

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             SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Red Bull Theater (NYC), Soho Rep (NYC), Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre (MO), Washington Stage Guild (DC), ; WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT: Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC replaces Michael Kahn in 2019 with Simon Godwin, Johanna Pfaelzer will be the new AD at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Sept. 2019; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: Lauren Yee and Jaclyn Backhaus win Horton Foote Prize for plays; NYTimes article about playwright Theresa RebeckSOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… : I share my experience of seeing Bernhardt/Hamlet, a must-see play if you can see it in its limited run, check out for discounted tickets.

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             SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (NY), Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (NJ), Utah Shakespeare Festival (UT), Vermont Stage Company (VT), Phoenix Theatre (IN); ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: John Ahlin’s Blog for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Be More Chill Will Transfer To Broadway in the Spring; Geffen Playhouse Names Six Playwrights for Inaugural Writers’ Room Cycle; SOMETHING I HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… : Lincoln Center’s production of The King & I, currently performing in London’s West End, will be filmed and shown at movie theatres on Nov. 29th & Dec. 4th. Check out

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                 AUGUST 30, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: – International City Theatre (CA), Target Margin Theatre (NY), ART Station Theatre (GA), Women’s Theater Company (NJ), Frank Theatre (MN); WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT: Nobody; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: 1K, The 1,000 Second Podcast with the playwright Ken Ludwig, The 2018 Jeff Awards Nominees

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              AUGUST 23, 2018

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS: Theatre Exile (PA), The Garry Marshall Theatre (LA), The Studio Theatre (DC); WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT: shares that Mikael Burke is joining Northlight Theatre (Chicago) as their first Artistic Fellow, American Theatre Magazine online shares that Marissa Wolf will be the new artistic director of Portland Center Stage at The Armory; ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS: American Theatre Magazine series, Know a Theatre – Boise Contemporary Theater of Boise ID,’s interview with James Hong, one of the founders of East West Players based in LA, Theatre Philadelphia Announces 2018 Barrymore nominees; SOMETHING I LOVE AND HAD TO SHARE WITH YOU… : Theatre Philadelphia offers an industry card for $25/yr to local Philadelphia artists.

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August 16, 2018

Season Announcements: Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (MI), Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC), Skylight Music Theatre (WI), Sierra Repertory Theatre (CA), Ma-Yi Theatre Company (NYC); Who’s In and Who’s Out: Stephanie Ybarra will be new AD at Center Stage in MD, Carl Cofield joins Classical Theatre of Harlem as associate artistic director, Joshua Midgett is the new managing director at Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre; Articles & Interviews: interview with Austin Pendleton, piece about AEA’s new BAT agreement.

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August 9, 2018

Season Announcements: Centenary Stage Company, Riverside Theatre (IA), Second Stage Company; Who’s In and Who’s Out: nobody came in and nobody went out this week; Articles & Interviews: TheatreMania‘s article about Christian Borle directing Popcorn Falls in NYC, American Theatre Magazine online article “Shall I Clothe Thee on a Summer’s Day? Costuming Outdoor Shakespeare”, The Interval interview with AD of Dorset Theatre Festival, Dina Janis; Something I Had to Share with You… lists 17 regional theatres that every theatre lover (ed. note and theatre artist) should know.

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August 2, 2018

Season Announcements: Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, MetroStage, The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse with Atlanta Shakespeare Company in residence, PICT Classic Theatre; Who’s In and Who’s Out: no new movers & shakers this week; Articles & Interviews: Q&A with Laura Leffler on Minnesota Playlist, Playbill’s Stage Directions Interview with Darko Tresjnak, Amanpour on PBS – Amanpour: Ian McKellen.

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July 26, 2018

Season Announcements: Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Theater Latté Da, 1812 Productions, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Mad Cow Theatre; Who’s In and Who’s Out: Hana S. Sharif is welcomed at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis when Steven Woolf retires at end of 2019 season; Articles & Interviews: Article on about criticism, NY Times Magazine article about the playwright Young Jean Lee, Sarah Paulson interview with Sam Jones.

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July 19, 2018

Season Announcements: Triad Stage, Stage West Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Williamston Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre & Detroit Repertory Theatre; Who’s In and Who’s Out: Edward Coffield leaves Repertory Theatre of St. Louis to helm New Jewish Theatre in St. Louis; Articles & Interviews: Melissa Errico’s NY Times article; and Something I Have to Share with You: Audible.

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July 12, 2018

Season Announcements: 11th Hour Theatre Co., Jubilee Theatre, Music Theatre of CT, The NOLA Project & Shattered Globe Theatre; Articles & Interviews: Article about some of the artists working at Powerhouse Theatre this summer, an interview with the new Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co, Maria Manuela Goyanes.

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July 5, 2018

Season Announcements: East West Players & Vineyard Theatre; Who’s In and Who’s Out: Ethan McSweeny is the new Artistic Director of American Shakespeare Center; Articles & Interviews: TBT to an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda and William Daniels in honor of July 4th.

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June 28, 2018

Season Announcements: The New Group & Atlantic Theater Company; Who’s In and Who’s Out: Theatreworks welcomes Caitlin Lowans as the new AD while Suzanna Gellert joins the Weston Playhouse executive team as the Executive Artistic Director and Phoenix Theatre’s longtime Artistic Director Bryan Fonseca steps down; Articles & Inteviews: an interview with director Moritz Von Stuelpnagel.

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June 21, 2018

Season Announcements: George Street Playhouse & Mixed Blood Theatre; Who’s In and Who’s Out: Kansas City Rep’s Artistic Director, Dr. Eric Rosen departs the theatre after 10 yrs. & Penn State Centre Stage welcomes Rick Lombardo as their new Artistic Director; Articles & Interviews: May Adrales is a director you should know more about.

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