National New Play Network Adds Three to At Large Board
The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces three new At Large Board Members: Mark Bly, Gary Heisserer, and Manny Strauss will join the thirty-two member Board of Directors effective immediately.
"We are so delighted to add Gary, Mark, and Manny to our At Large Board," says Nan Barnett, Executive Director of NNPN. "They are wonderful additions to our cadre of arts advocates and new play visionaries, which include Stanford Center for New Plays Director and NNPN founder David Goldman, New York philanthropist Jane Munson Harrison, attorney Donna Willis of Atlanta, Dallas gallerist and arts advocate Susan Albritton, and new works supporter Dr. Ram Koppaka of the Center for Disease Control."
ABOUT Mark Bly
Mark Bly is the Director of the MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College. He was the Chair of the Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama from 1992-2004 while being the Associate Artistic Director at the Yale Rep. Over the past thirty years he has served as a Dramaturg, Director of New Play Development, and Associate Artistic Director at such theatres as the Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, and Yale Rep, dramaturging and producing over 150 plays. He has dramaturged on Broadway Emily Mann's Execution of Justice (1985), Moises Kaufman's 33 Variations (2009), and lbsen's An Enemy of the People (2012). Bly has served as the Dramaturg for the world premieres of plays by Rajiv Joseph, Suzan Lori-Parks, Tim Blake Nelson, Sarah Ruhl, and Moises Kaufman and has worked with such artists as Dan Sullivan, Doug Hughes, Molly Smith, Peter Sellars, Zelda Fichandler, Liviu Ciulei, Eric Overmyer, Don Cheadle, HAl Holbrook, David Hyde Pierce, Richard Thomas, Jane Fonda, and Judd Hirsch. Bly has written for numerous publications: Yale Theatre as Contributing Editor and Advisory Editor, Theatre Forum, American Theatre, and LMDA Review. He is the Editor of Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process: Volumes I & II (1996, 2001), and Special Editor for Yale Theatre, "Return of the Dramaturgs," Summer, 1986. In 2010 Bly received the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas G.E. Lessing Career Achievement Award, only the fourth time the award was bestowed in the organization's history.
ABOUT GARY HEISSERER
Gary Heisserer is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Graceland University, a small, private liberal arts college in Lamoni, Iowa. Gary also recently served as Board President for the Unicorn Theatre. Gary has a M.S. in educational technology from Boise State University and a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Wisconsin. Gary has directed a wide variety of plays over the years; most recently, directed William Missouri Down's