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New York Theatre Workshop Announces Retirement of Associate Artistic Director Linda S. Chapman

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Chapman joined the company in 1995 and has served as an instrumental curator, advocate and collaborator.

New York Theatre Workshop Announces Retirement of Associate Artistic Director Linda S. Chapman

New York Theatre Workshop announced today that Associate Artistic Director Linda S. Chapman will retire at the end of the year following 25 years with the company. Chapman joined the company in 1995 and has served as an instrumental curator, advocate and collaborator.


Prior to her time at NYTW, Linda was an Associate member of The Wooster Group from 1983-94, where she served as Managing Director. She is also founding Artistic Director of Sang-Froid, Ltd. and one of the founding producers of Dyke TV and DTV Productions, a grassroots cable television program, and media center by and for the lesbian community. She was Administrator at Theater for the New City and was a member of Sonia Moore's American Stanislavski Theatre.

She is also co-writer and performer of the Obie Award-winning Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving with her life partner of 40 years Lola Pashalinski, their two-character play about Gertrude Stein and her longtime companion Alice B. Toklas, directed by Anne Bogart. Linda co-adapted Ann Bannon's lesbian classic The Beebo Brinker Chronicles for the stage with playwright Kate Moira Ryan. The play was awarded a GLAAD Media Award and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. A Lily Award winner, she is founding President of Youth Arts NY, Chair of the Lortel Award Committee for The League of Professional Theatre Women, a member of the BOLD Theatre Women's Leadership Circle, and has served on funding panels for TCG, NEA, The Princess Grace Foundation, Mellon Foundation, The Drama League, The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, and the Fox Fellowship, among others.

"For more than a quarter century, Linda Chapman has been a constant, a bulwark, and her steady presence as a dynamic, passionate, visionary collaborator has had an incalculable impact on the course of NYTW's history," said Artistic Director James C. Nicola. "From the very founding of the Usual Suspects-the artists' community that forms the bedrock of our company-to Summer Residencies, to the establishment of the Companies-In-Residence initiative, to conceiving and implementing the Next Door series, she has worked tirelessly and with an inspired sense of purpose. There is not a corner of New York Theatre Workshop's existence that hasn't been profoundly touched and shaped by her heart, her brains and her soul."

"I was introduced to NYTW by an invitation to become a Curator, Jim Nicola's earliest initiative to support early career directors," said Linda Chapman. "We Curators turned into the first Usual Suspects, and from there came a crossroads for me, and I chose to accept Jim's invitation to be NYTW's Associate Artistic Director, to help build an artists' community and support the development of their projects. I couldn't be more enthusiastic and hopeful about what is emanating from the generation of theatre makers typified by our Artistic Instigators and Fellows."

"Theatre making for me means collaborative creative life within a company and my brilliant colleagues are reinventing our company as I prepare for my exit," said Chapman. "NYTW has changed and grown immeasurably over these years, and I'll continue to measure my growth grounded in the core values our theatre aspires to live by. I give thanks for my long run at NYTW to Jim Nicola and look forward to our eternal conversation about art, history and the society we are a part of. To all the artists, past and current staff, and trustees of NYTW, and to our audiences from all the years: I raise my cup!"



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