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Playhouse artistic director wants to be part of the dialogue

By Rick Pender · November 2nd, 2011 · Onstage
onstage_blake robison - photo sarah bradleyBlake Robison - Photo by Sarah Bradley
Last week the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park announced that Blake Robison, currently the producing artistic director at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md., will become its next artistic director, succeeding Ed Stern, who retires after 20 years a the end of the current season.

Robison says, “I’ve always wanted to be part of the national theater conversation. By virtue of its status, its history and its accomplishments, the Playhouse can do more than many theaters. I want to be part of that national conversation in the way the Playhouse has on a consistent basis.”

He has more than 20 years of experience as a director and producer, having led theaters in New York, Tennessee, Vermont (where he co-founded the Vermont Stage Company) and Washington, D.C.

His has a strong record of success with artistic programming, creative community partnerships, innovative audience development and education programs.

Robison intends to build on the Playhouse’s legacy as a theater of national significance. He also plans to build strong connections with people throughout Cincinnati. 

“For me,” Robison says, “theater and community go hand in hand. My family and I look forward to meeting new friends, being part of this community and making Cincinnati our home.” 

At Round House Theatre, Robison re-conceived its second stage as a community arts center serving the theater as well as nine partner organizations, created a laboratory to support local artists and developed a council of local artists as an advisory body to the theatre. He also launched the critically acclaimed Literary Works Project that reinterprets modern and classical novels through a theatrical prism for contemporary audiences. 

Robison will be engaged with the Playhouse on a part-time consulting basis in the months ahead to plan the 2012-13 season. He assumes his full-time responsibilities on July 1, 2012.



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