Signature Theatre Names Meghan Lantzy General Manager
Meghan Lantzy will become the new General Manager at Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder), the company announced today. Ms. Lantzy comes to Signature from Lincoln Center Theater, where she has worked for more than 12 years.
Executive Director Harold Wolpert said, "I am thrilled that Meghan will be joining Signature and know she will be a wonderful addition to our top-notch leadership team. There's always a lot of exciting activity happening at Signature and The Pershing Square Signature Center, and I'm confident Meghan's management expertise and thoughtful approach will help us continue moving forward and realizing the possibilities inherent in our unique mission."
Ms. Lantzy joins a senior leadership team at Signature that includes Artistic Director Paige Evans, Executive Director Harold Wolpert, Associate Artistic Director Beth Whitaker, Director of Marketing and Audience Services David Hatkoff, Director of Development Glenn Alan Stiskal, Director of Finance Jeffrey Bledsoe and Director of Production and Facilities Paul Ziemer.
Meghan Lantzy joined Lincoln Center Theater in 2006 and for the past 12 years was part of the team that managed over 75 productions on and off-Broadway, including Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady, J.T. Rogers' Oslo, William Finn & James Lapine's Falsettos, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I and South Pacific, Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, which have won Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel and/or Obie awards. During her time at Lincoln Center Theater, she also assisted in the establishment of LCT3, Lincoln Center Theater's program for new artists and new audiences, and subsequently, the program's venue, the Claire Tow Theater. She previously served as the Finance Director at Red Bull Theater and managed their productions of The Duchess of Malfi and The Witch of Edmonton. Before her time at Lincoln Center Theater, Meghan worked in the production department at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, where she managed numerous world premieres of contemporary musicals. Meghan is an alumna of Dickinson College and Boston University.
Signature Theatre celebrates playwrights and gives them an artistic home. Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright's body of work, producing several plays by each resident writer and delivering an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright's singular vision. In 2014 Signature became the first New York City company to receive the Regional Theater Tony Award.
Signature serves its mission through its permanent home at The Pershing Square Signature Center, a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature's three distinct playwrights' residencies and foster a cultural community. At the Center, opened in January 2012, Signature continues its original Playwright-in-Residence model as Residency 1, a year-long intensive exploration of a single writer's body of work. Residency 5, the only program of its kind, was launched at the Center to support multiple playwrights as they build bodies of work by guaranteeing each writer three productions over a five-year period. The Legacy Program, launched during Signature's 10th Anniversary, invites writers from both residencies back for productions of premiere or earlier plays.
The Pershing Square Signature Center is a major contribution to New York City's cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a Studio Theatre, a rehearsal studio and a public café, bar and bookstore.
Through the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, Signature has also made an unprecedented commitment to making its productions accessible by underwriting the cost of the initial run tickets through 2031.
Founded in 1991 by James Houghton, Signature has produced the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, María Irene Fornés, Athol Fugard, John Guare, Stephen Adly Guirgis, A.R. Gurney, David Henry Hwang, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, Naomi Wallace, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company. Lynn Nottage is the current Residency 1 playwright. Signature's Residency 5 playwrights are Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Katori Hall, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Dave Malloy and Dominique Morisseau; Will Eno completed his Residency 5 in 2016. Signature's productions and its resident writers have been recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel, Obie, Drama Desk and AUDELCO awards, and 50/50 Awards for Gender Parity, among many other distinctions. For more information, please visit signaturetheatre.org