Theatre Project has announced plans for its 41st season. There will be a strong emphasis on support for Baltimore's burgeoning theater ensemble community. Local companies in residence this season will include Dreams & Nightmares Aerial (DNA) Theatre (September), Iron Crow Theatre (October, March/April, and May/June), The Generous Company (January), and In-Flight Theatre (November and February), each of whom will have two-to-three week-long runs.
A highlight of visiting companies in residence will be the December presentation of Double Edge Theatre's The Grand Parade. Imagined through the lens of Marc Chagall's paintings, The Grand Parade takes audiences on an emotionally stunning journey through the 20th century with the use of aerial flight, puppetry and music. The Grand Parade is the first performance in Double Edge Theatre's multi-year performance cycle inspired by Chagall's visionary art, life and times and will make its official world premiere during a limited run at Washington DC's Arena Stage February 6-10, 2013. The Grand Parade is conceived and directed by Baltimore native Stacey Klein, and realized with a collaborative team of artists from the US, Argentina and Russia.
Additionally, Theatre Project will continue its ongoing collaboration with the utterly unique High Zero Festival in September 2012, always a highlight of BTP's experimental offerings. Theatre Project will also present two productions in 2013 with long-time partner Peabody Chamber Opera, which has presented new operas and imaginative re-stagings of older works at Theatre Project for sixteen years.
Theatre Project's dedication to dance will continue with a festival of dance events planned in March 2013. Featured companies will include VT Dance, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Collective, ClancyWorks, and a second year of presenting the winners of the John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project. Our popular Dance Mixer will also return in Spring 2013 with a chance for the burgeoning dance community to showcase its work.
The 2012/2013 season will be the first in eleven years not overseen by Anne Cantler Fulwiler, who steps down from her duties as Producing Director at the end of June.
"It just felt like the right time in the life of Theatre Project for me to step down from this role," says Fulwiler. "It's been a truly amazing time. I've had the honor of presenting nearly 400 productions involving over 3,000 artists from right here in Baltimore, across the US, and seventeen foreign countries. I look forward to seeing many more shows here for many years to come."
Chris Pfingsten, who has served as Managing Director for the past season, will continue in that capacity for the 2012/2013 season. The Board of Directors will take the next few months to consider the theater's future structure.
Detailed show and schedule information is still forthcoming and updates to Theatre Project's website, www.theatreproject.org, will be made regularly.
Theatre Project is funded in part by The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of The Baker Artist Awards, www.BakerArtistAwards.org
Theatre Project is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
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