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Alum Snehal Desai named artistic director of LA’s East West Players


East West Players has found its new artistic director from within its own ranks and announced that Emory alum, Snehal Desai, will succeed outgoing producing artistic directory Tim Dang, who has led the downtown Los Angeles theater company since 1993.

Snehal last worked with Theater Emory during the 2015 Global Voices reading series, as director and playwright.

Read more about Snehal’s new role here.


WABE: Theater Emory plays with casting genders in ‘As You Like It’

Listen to an interview between Lois Reitzes and the directors in the City Lights Podcast.
(Interview begins at 15:21)

This year, Shakespeare’s 400th birthday is being celebrated across the globe.

For the occasion, Theater Emory has created several programs over the year dedicated to Shakespeare – and this week, they are doing a grand experiment. Professor Jan Akers is directing an all-female cast of “As You Like It,” and professor Tim McDonough is directing an all-male cast of the same play.

“So we were interested without any particular agenda about the gender differences to see how the plays would speak differently to audiences given an all-male cast and an all-female cast,” explained McDonough in an interview with Lois Reitzes.

Read the article in full here.


Emory Report: Shakespeare at Emory events lead up to First Folio exhibit

FullColor-HorizontalFour hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his work continues to resonate with audiences across the globe, providing new insights into the nature of love, power and human existence. This month, Emory embarks on a yearlong focus on the man whose words changed the world.

Kicking off next week with events from Emory Libraries and Theater Emory, Shakespeare at Emory celebrates the University’s selection as a host site for the exhibit of “First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” with plays, readings, exhibits and other activities.

One host site was selected from each state to display the national traveling exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books, from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Emory was chosen as the Georgia venue.

“Appropriately, Emory’s year of celebration begins with a thought-provoking scholarly reflection on the First Folio, to be followed by a rich array of theatrical performances and poetry readings, as well as exhibitions, conversations and pop-up events,” says Rosemary Magee, director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. “All are invited to participate — in every way possible.”

Read the article in full here.

Theater Emory launches Shakespeare celebration with all-male and all-female productions of “As You Like It”

March 8, 2016

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his work continues to resonate with audiences across the globe, providing new insights into the nature of love, power, and human existence. This month, Theater Emory embarks on a yearlong focus on the man whose words changed the world.

In honor of Shakespeare’s First Folio’s upcoming visit to campus, Theater Emory launches into a yearlong celebration of Shakespeare with the great romantic comedyAs You Like It,” running March 31 – April 10 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. As one character famously asks, “Can one desire too much of a good thing?” Theater Emory tackles this question head-on with two productions running in repertory: an all-male cast directed by Tim McDonough and an all-female cast directed by Jan Akers.

Read the press release in full here.


Backstage: Pro Actors Return to College at Theater Emory

This week, artistic director Janice Akers sat down with Jaime Lin Weinstein of to discuss the unique opportunities Theater Emory offers professional actors:

Leave it to one of the country’s leading teaching institutions to convince professional actors to go back to college. Well, sort of. At Theater Emory in Atlanta, Ga., Emory University’s resident professional company, “undergraduates work alongside professional theater artists in an atmosphere that is adventurous and intellectually stimulating,” as artistic director Jan Akers explains. “In the past three seasons, Theater Emory has hired approximately 345 pros in the areas of performance, design, stage management, and tech; in that number, approximately 130 were actors.

Read the article in full here.

Johnny Drago’s CUL-DE-SAC chosen as finalist for 2016 Source Festival

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Eliana Marianes and Travis Draper in the Breaking Ground reading of CUL-DE-SAC.

Johnny Drago’s play CUL-DE-SAC has been chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Source Festival in Washington, DC. CUL-DE-SAC was first developed at Theater Emory’s Summer 2015 Breaking Ground series as a part of the 4:48 playwriting “bake-off.” CUL-DE-SAC, along with the three other 4:48 plays, will continue to be developed at Emory as a part of this year’s Brave New Works Festival.

Congratulations Johnny! Not bad for a play written in two days!

More information on the 4:48 project

More on the 2016 Source Festival

Theater Emory Invites Audiences to Time Travel with “The Meantime”

TM_Emailer October 26, 2015

Theater Emory continues its 2015-2016 season with “The Meantime: A Time-Traveling Radio Spectacle,” November 5-15 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater of the Dobbs University Center.

Conceived and created by director Brent Glenn, “The Meantime” is a place of mystery and imagination, where yesteryear meets tomorrowland. This traveling variety show features original text alongside classic radio plays and music, treating audiences to a vaudevillian evening filled with comedy, horror, singing, dancing, and romance. Audiences are invited to step into a world that’s here and there, both past and present, yet not unlike their kitchen or living room.

Read the press release in full here

View promotional trailer here