Wendy C. Goldberg Named Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Associate Artist for the 2017-2018 Season


Wendy Goldberg.

(CINCINNATI) – Veteran director Wendy C. Goldberg, who has had a decade-long relationship with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, will join the Playhouse’s Associate Artist program for the 2017-18 season.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Wendy to the Playhouse family in this new capacity,” says Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison.  “She brings creativity, experience and a wealth of knowledge about new plays to the table.  I’m confident that the Cincinnati community will embrace her with open arms, just as they have enjoyed her past productions.”

For the Playhouse, Ms. Goldberg directed Circle Mirror Transformation in 2015 and the world premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Leveling Up in 2013, as well as productions of Doubt and Durango in 2008.

Ms. Goldberg will join Timothy Douglas and KJ Sanchez as the Playhouse’s associate artists for the 2017-18 season. Past associate artists have included Michael Evan Haney and Eric Ting.

Ms. Goldberg, in her 13th season as the artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, has spent the last 20 years leading the foremost programs in the development, direction and production of new works for American theatre. American Theatre magazine has described her as “one of the most promising theatre artists working today.”

Under Ms. Goldberg’s tenure at the O’Neill, the company was awarded the 2010 Regional Tony Award — the first play development and education organization to receive this honor — and also received the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House in 2015. Currently, Ms. Goldberg leads a new O’Neill program for the development of directors, The National Directors Fellowship, which is a collaboration with The Kennedy Center, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and the National New Play Network, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation.

Ms. Goldberg has overseen the development of more than 90 projects for the stage. This season, several O’Neill projects will be seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally and in London. She is currently working on several plays, one of which will make its Broadway debut next season.

Her directing credits include many world premieres, revivals and musicals at some of the most esteemed theatres in New York and across the country, including Arena Stage, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Signature Theatre, Center Stage, Alliance Repertory Theatre Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Philadelphia Theater Company and Paper Mill Playhouse, among others.

As an artistic associate at Arena Stage for five seasons, Ms. Goldberg helped to create the theatre’s new play initiatives and led them from their inception through 2005. She has served on the Stage Directors and Choreography Society’s Executive Board for 11 years, is a Tony voter and is a guest faculty member at the Iowa Writers Workshop and the Yale School of Drama.

The Playhouse’s Associate Artist program is supported by a grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

The 2016-17 season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and Heidelberg Distributing Company. The season sponsor of new work is the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of the community contributors to the ArtsWave campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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