Glacity Theatre Collective announces new artistic directorWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Since its founding in 2007, the Glacity Theatre Collective has helped foster a spirit of modern creativity in Toledo’s theatrical community, often working with new cutting-edge talent. It has pushed boundaries and taken our local stage in many colorful new directions, always looking toward the future while paying homage to the past. It is in that same spirit of creative progress that it has announced the appointment of Edmund B. Lingan as the company’s new artistic director.
Lingan, who is an assistant professor of theater at the University of Toledo, replaces Cornel Gabara. Gabara will remain a creative force within the company, focusing more energy on directing.
“Cornel just had some projects that he wanted to work on and announced that he was looking to step down and I offered to step in and thankfully everyone thought that it was a good idea,” Lingan said. “We’ve had very good community response over the years and so what we do won’t really change. We’ve always arrived at things very organically within the company. I do plan to look at things on a project by project basis and not so much on the season model. We will continue to be an open venue for more current playwrights, both from within our region as well as those who are a part of the national stage.”
Lingan previously served as the company’s literary dramaturge and will continue to serve in that role in addition to his new duties. This past season he directed Glacity’s production of Janusz Glowacki’s “Hunting Cockroaches.” He has directed a number of other productions across both the United States and Canada, including the Toledo Rep’s “Pass the Butler” and the University of Toledo’s “Labyrinth,” as well as “King Oedipus.” He has brought in an assistant artistic director, Megan Aherne.
“Our next production will be Annie Baker’s ‘Circle Mirror Transformation,’ which is being directed by Holly Monsos,” he said. “One of the things we’ve always done is experiment with different spaces and audience configuration. This time we’ll be at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. We’re also planning a number of other projects, including an interdisciplinary cabaret that we’re calling Glacity Underground, which we hope to have every three or four months. It will be a more edgy, more free-form way of getting artists of all mediums to come together in the name of community. We have a lot of great things in the works.”
For more information, visit www.glacity.org.