Tania Camargo, who has worked for the past three years as the Management Associate of Roundabout Theater Company, has been named as the new Executive Director of Off-Broadway's Soho Rep, it has been announced today by John Dembrow, Chairman of the Board at Soho Rep.
Ms. Camargo succeeds Alexandra Conley, who has served as Executive Director of Soho Rep since 1999. "I am so pleased that from the pool of remarkably talented candidates the board has selected such an extraordinary person to be my successor," says Ms. Conley, who leaves Soho Rep to join her husband in Milan, Italy, where he has accepted a new position in the fashion industry. "Ms. Camargo and Artistic Director Sarah Benson will be an inspiring team. I am thrilled to leave the company in such great hands."
Mr. Dembrow adds, "Although we are sorry to lose Ms. Conley, the board feels that Ms. Camargo is the right person to work hand in hand with Ms. Benson and the board to guide the organization through our envisioned growth. She has the talent, energy and dedication necessary to nurture Soho Rep's reputation as one of New York's finest theatre institutions."
Since 2005, Ms. Camargo has worked closely with Harold Wolpert, Managing Director of Roundabout Theatre Company, who mentored her throughout her three-year tenure as its Management Associate. Additionally, Ms. Camargo served as the Associate General Manager for CRIMES OF THE HEART, directed by Kathleen Turner, at the Laura Pels Theatre, Roundabout's Off-Broadway theatre space.
In 2004, Ms. Camargo company managed Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts before moving to New York City to attend Brooklyn College's M.F.A. program in Performing Arts Management. In addition to Roundabout Theatre Company, Ms. Camargo has worked with New York City Center, the Vineyard Theatre, the Summer Play Festival (SPF), and currently serves on the Brooklyn Arts Council's Community Arts Regrant Program.
A Los Angeles native, Tania Camargo earned a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Marketing at Mount St. Mary's College. She began her professional career at Center Theatre Group, the umbrella organization for the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum, in Marketing and Audience Development. Concurrently, Ms. Camargo provided consulting services in the areas of marketing and producing for various projects such as the Latino Theater Company's LA VIRGEN, and the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards.
According to Ms. Benson, "It has been an honor to partner with Alexandra Conley. She has brought stability and vibrancy to Soho Rep and leaves the company in wonderful shape upon which Ms. Camargo will build to successfully move the organization into the future. It is a very exciting time for Soho Rep, and Tania Camargo brings terrific passion and devotion to the organization."
Presently in its 33rd season, Soho Rep recently transition from an Off-Off-Broadway company to a full-fledged Off-Broadway company helmed by Ms. Benson, who became the company's Artistic Director in October, 2006. The theater has also instituted some novel (and extremely popular) ticket pricing policies this season, including all seats for 99-cents on Sundays.
As both Mr. Dembrow and Ms. Benson note, Soho Rep has experienced tremendous growth since Alexandra Conley joined the company as Executive Director nine years ago: during her tenure the theatre's budget has expanded 350% and attendance has grown from 42% to 85% annually. As well, the company has successfully cultivated one of the youngest adult audiences in New York City, with over three-quarters of its theatergoers aged 18 to 40.
Soho Rep began its 2007-08 season with a sold-out engagement of John Jesurun's PHILOKTETES, followed by an acclaimed, extended run of NO DICE by Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, as well as a wide range of developmental work, including the popular Writer/Director Lab, and a workshop of Jenny Schwartz's (GOD'S EAR) new play SOMEWHERE FUN.
For information about Soho Rep, call 212-941-8632 or visit www.sohorep.org