AMERICAN THEATRE | Jeanette Harrison Named New Inventive Director of Artists Rep

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Jeanette Harrison. (Picture by Paul Gregory)

PORTLAND, ORE.: Artists Repertory Theatre (ART) has chosen Jeanette Harrison to be the subsequent inventive director. Following a nationwide search led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG) and the departure of her predecessor Dámaso Rodríguez earlier this 12 months, Harrison will step into the position on Oct. 1.

“ART was the primary LORT theatre in the US to rent a Latino AD, a modern choice,” mentioned board chair Pancho Savery in a press release. “ART continues its dedication to interrupt new floor and create area for extraordinary theatre from new voices by hiring Jeanette.”

Harrison involves Artists Rep after serving because the co-founder and inventive director of AlterTheater for seventeen years. Throughout that point, she developed the AlterLab playwright residency and new-play improvement program, shepherded greater than 25 new performs to world premiere productions, and championed the Arts Studying Venture for Native Youth (ALP4NY) program. Her work has been acknowledged with 11 Bay Space Theatre Critics Circle Awards and 4 Theatre Bay Space Awards, in addition to a number of nominations and finalists. A Native New Yorker of Onondaga descent, Harrison might be ART’s first Native American lady inventive chief.

Among the many AlterLab productions have been Ghosts of Bogotá by Diana Burbano, a Rella Lossy Award winner and ART Mercury Firm member, and Larissa FastHorse’s Cow Pie Bingo (Theatre Bay Space Award winner) and Landless (USA Pen Literary Award in Drama; nominated for Finest New Script from Bay Space Theatre Critics Circle). One other of FastHorse’s performs, The Thanksgiving Play, was commissioned and first produced in April 2018 by ART, and is heading to Broadway in Spring 2023. Harrison has co-authored Feathers And Dots, Dots And Feathers with Sharmila Devar, a half-hour single-camera comedy about household and cultural id, with developmental assist from LA SkinsFest’s Native Writers program and CBS. Jeanette was additionally chosen for LA SkinsFest’s inaugural Native American Animation Lab, the place she developed Little Drummer Lady.

“I’m very excited by the synergy that already exists—individually, Artists Rep and I’ve already supported most of the identical artists, and I sit up for what we will do collectively,” mentioned Harrison in a press release. “The humanities are one of the crucial highly effective instruments for change. And the way nice it’s to know that if we inform tales of Black pleasure, if we snort with modern Native characters attempting to fall in love, if we put tales onstage that commemorate the difficult, messy lives of three-dimensional folks, that we’re serving to to maneuver that needle on justice, on fairness. I really like that Artists Rep is already dedicated to this type of work, that they, too, have been a supporter of Larissa FastHorse, who went on to turn into the primary Native playwright produced Off-Broadway; that Artists Rep has supported Diana Burbano, who has quickly made a reputation for herself in creating messy and profitable skilled Latinas. These are girls and artists who I deeply respect and admire, and I sit up for attending to know extra of the voices who name Portland dwelling.”

Established in 1982, Artists Repertory Theatre is Portland’s oldest skilled theatre firm. The corporate goals to provide intimate, provocative theatre and supply a house for a various neighborhood of artists and audiences to take inventive dangers. As of 2021, Artists Rep had an approximate finances of $2 million.

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