Roundabout Announces 2019-20 Directing Fellow, Cristina Angeles

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is thrilled to announce the newest addition to the artistic team: Directing Fellow Cristina Angeles. Angeles is the fourth Roundabout Directing Fellow; this season she will assist on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, work with the theatre's artistic team as a script reader, and use Roundabout's resources to develop her own projects.

The Roundabout Directing Fellowship was launched in 2017 to create a long-term, meaningful relationship between Roundabout and a young director. Angeles is the fourth in the program, following Whitney White (2017), Miranda Haymon (2018) andKathleen Capdesuner (2019). Spearheaded by Roundabout Associate Artist Sam Gold, the Fellowship is intended to add diversity behind the scenes and ensure an artistic home for an early-career director.

"With Roundabout Underground, we found a way to support emerging playwrights, and with the Roundabout Directing Fellowship, we set out to provide the same kind of support to emerging directors. Watching Whitney, Miranda, Kathleen, and soon Cristina thrive so brilliantly in this program has been so gratifying. I really believe that the Fellowship has succeeded in its mission of both developing their work and shining a spotlight on these very worthy artists. I can't wait to have them all working across the stages of Roundabout and many more in the seasons to come," notes Artistic Director/CEO Todd Haimes.

Cristina Angeles is a Latina director, writer and theater maker whose mission is to create empathy and conversation by directing new plays and musicals, as well as socially conscious adaptations of classics that place women of color at the forefront. Her work challenges the preconceived notions of what the American Theater can be, while confronting the intersections between our public, private, and political selves. Cristina holds a BA in Theatre from Barnard College at Columbia University and has participated in the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps, the SDCF Observership Program, and as an assistant director at both The New York Theatre Workshop and The Public Theater. Today, Cristina is the 2019-20 Roundabout Directing Fellow and the Founding Artistic Director of Checkmark Theatre Company, an NYC-based company dedicated to underrepresented artists and the telling of their stories. Checkmark most recently produced Eliana Pipes's newest play, DREAM HOU$E (2019 Leah Ryan Prize, 2019 O'Neill Finalist,) at Ars Nova's ANT Fest directed by Cristina, and will be transitioning into a theatre, film and television production company to develop a new, digital series inspired by the life of Marie Antoinette written by Cristina in the 2019-20 Season.cristinaangeles.com

Whitney White's recent directing work includes the acclaimed production of Aleshea Harris's What To Send Up When It Goes Down for New York's The Movement Theatre, and An Iliad at Long Wharf. Upcoming projects include: A Human Being, Of A Sort at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial Of Miz Martha Washington at Steppenwolf, and Our Dear Dead Drug Lord at Second Stage/WP Theater.

Miranda Haymon's upcoming projects include: In the Penal Colony (which she also adapted) at Next Door at NYTW, where she is a 2050 Fellow; and Exception to the Rule at Roundabout Underground.

Kathleen Capdesuner's recent credits include: The Visitors by Elisabeth Frankel (Columbia/Signature); What Washed Ashore // Astray by Benjamin Benne (Roundabout Theatre Company); Ama by Ren Dara Santiago (PlayxPlay, part of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre Curated Rental Program); Havana Syndrome by Cristina Luzárraga (Ensemble Studio Theatre Bloodworks Reading Series); and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Roundabout Theatre Company). Upcoming projects include: MOTHMAN! by Charlotte Ahlin (American Lore Theatre); The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals Director; and Bella Bella by Harvey Fierstein (Manhattan Theatre Club), Assistant Director to Kimberly Senior.

ABOUT THE NEW PLAY INITIATIVE

Through the New Play Initiative, Roundabout proves its devotion to the development and production of new works by significant writers and artists. The Roundabout Underground program in particular, provides substantial artistic and financial resources to emerging playwrights to stage their debut productions in New York and on Roundabout's stages. In addition to producing their first play, writers receive a commission for a future play, showing a level of commitment to writers' careers and the future of theatre in New York that is unparalleled. The New Play Initiative has discovered and brought audiences some of the most important new voices in theatre and is dedicated to creating a diverse canon for the future of theatre. To learn more about Roundabout's commitment to the development of new work, visit New Play Initiative.

We gratefully acknowledge the Roundabout Leaders for New Works: Alec Baldwin, James Costa and John Archibald, Linda L. D'Onofrio, Peggy and Mark Ellis, The Howard Gilman Foundation, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Judith and Douglas Krupp, K. Myers, Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Ira Pittelman, Laura S. Rodgers, Mary Solomon, Lauren and Danny Stein, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and The Tow Foundation.

Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills that mission by producing familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals; discovering and supporting talented playwrights; reducing the barriers that can inhibit theatergoing; collaborating with a diverse team of artists; building educational experiences; and archiving over five decades of production history.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals and new works on its five stages: Broadway's American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Off-Broadway's Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout 2018-19 Broadway season includes Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis, starring Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase and Corbin Bleu, and Arthur Miller's All My Sons starring Annette Bening, Tracy Letts and Benjamin Walker, directed by Jack O'Brien.

Off-Broadway in 2018-2019, Roundabout's season continues with Toni Stone by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Pam MacKinnon; and Something Clean by Selina Fillinger, directed by Margot Bordelon at Roundabout Underground.

Roundabout's 2019-2020 Broadway season will include The Rose Tattoo, by Tennessee Williams, starring Marisa Tomei, directed by Trip Cullman; Birthday Candles, by Noah Haidle, starring Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch.

In 2019-2020, Roundabout will present five new works Off-Broadway, including: Scotland, PA a new musical by Michael Mitnick and Adam Gwon, directed by Lonny Price; 72 Miles to Go... by Hilary Bettis; ...what the end will be by Jiréh Breon Holder, directed by Margot Bordelon; Darling Grenadine, book, music & lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik, directed and choregraphed by Michael Berresse; and Exception to the Rule by Dave Harris, directed by Miranda Haymon.



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