Renee Blinkwolt Named New Managing Director of Ars Nova
Renee Blinkwolt, who will take up the post beginning February 3, 2014 takes over for Jeremy Blocker who was recently named Managing Director of New York Theatre Workshop.
Renee Blinkwolt is currently the Producing Director of the Playwrights Realm, where she produced the premieres of Ethan Lipton's Red-Handed Otter and Lauren Yee's The Hatmaker's Wife. During her tenure at the Realm, Ms. Blinkwolt doubled the company's earned income, institutional giving, and attendance and increased the company's budget by 25%. Her previous positions include Managing Director of Naked Angels, General Manager of Two River Theater Company, and Season Producer of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She holds an MFA in Producing & Theatre Management from Columbia University and a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Ars Nova Co-Founder and Board President Jenny Steingart said, "The Search Committee and the entire Board couldn't be more thrilled that Renee is joining the Ars Nova team. We all immediately felt that Renee's talent and innovative ideas made her an ideal pairing for Jason. We are thrilled to see what they will do together and where she will help take the organization."
Artistic Director Jason Eagan added, "Renee's experience, passion and drive make her a wonderful fit for Ars Nova. We are riding a huge wave coming off of our tenth anniversary season and I look forward to working with her closely as we build the path for Ars Nova's next ten."
"I am honored to join the Ars Nova family of extraordinarily talented artists and passionate professionals," said Blinkwolt. "I have been a fan of the company's cutting edge work throughout its first ten years and I am thrilled to embark on the next decade of invention and growth together."