Lucian Restivo Named Artistic Director of Richmond Triangle Players
Richmond Triangle Players announces that RTP's associate producing producer Lucian Restivo will assume the title of Artistic Director for the company, beginning with the 2019-20 season.
Restivo will be the second Artistic Director in Triangle Player's 27-year history. John Knapp, who served the company for over two decades, relocated from the Richmond area in 2014. Restivo will continue to work alongside Executive Director Philip Crosby.
"I could not be more thrilled to have Lucian's fine work for Triangle Players acknowledged in this way," Crosby said. "He has been an integral and important part of this company for the last five years. His talents have touched every aspect of our productions, and have helped craft the very successful seasons we have produced."
Since joining the company in 2014, Restivo has guided all production aspects of the company, including scheduling, coordination of directors and design teams, and general production management, as well as occasional set, properties and sound designs, for all RTP productions, cabarets and rentals. He has had a major impact on programming choices and curating each season.
"I am so honored to be stepping into this new position at my artistic home in Richmond," Restivo added. "Using the building blocks already in place, I am exhilarated to help guide Richmond Triangle Players' success in mounting another 26 seasons."
Lucian Restivo is also an accomplished actor and director in the Richmond area. He directed RTP's acclaimed production of The Laramie Project (commemorating the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder), the central Virginia premieres of Madeleine George's Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England and the musical Glory Days, as well as the first regional production of Max Vernon's off-Broadway musical The View UpStairs.
He has appeared onstage at RTP in bare: a pop opera, The Normal Heart, Corpus Christi and Psycho Beach Party. Restivo's other area acting credits include Almost, Maine and The Little Lion at Swift Creek Mill Theatre; The Lyons with 5th Wall Theatre; Soldier, Come Home at the Beacon Theatre; and Dog Sees God at the Firehouse Theatre Project.
He has also directed Murder Ballad for 5th Wall Theatre; dark play, or stories for boys with SALT; and reasons to be pretty, Edith Can Shoot..., all girls, and Chatroom with his own Stage B Theatre Company, which was incubated at RTP.
He will direct RTP's production of A New Brain next spring.
"Lucian has really defined what the role of the artistic director will be for Richmond Triangle Players moving forward," Crosby added. "This title change recognizes that reality, as well as empowers him to work even more effectively on RTP's behalf."
The theater's 2019-20 season begins in September, with the landmark musical Falsettos. It continues through July 2020, with 5 more major productions, several special events and visits from cabaret artists of local and national renown.
For more information, please visit RTP's web site at www.rtriangle.org or call the Ticket Hotline at 804-346-8113.