CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. — Chautauqua Institution today announced the appointment of the celebrated director Jade King Carroll as Producing Artistic Director of its resident Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC) following an extensive national search. In this role, Carroll will program and oversee the company’s robust annual summer season of professional productions, a growing new work development program, and a renowned conservatory that supports early-career artists.
Based in New York City, Carroll is currently the resident artist at Dorset Theatre Festival, where she helms the commissioning and fellowship program along with their StageFree audio play series. She is also a part of the artistic team at Rattlestick Theatre and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Like the Institution’s other artistic leaders, she will maintain professional and artistic commitments outside of summers at Chautauqua while overseeing CTC long-term planning, season selection, auditioning, casting, and hiring design teams and directors. She succeeds Andrew Borba, who will step down following his 7th year as Artistic Director.
“Jade is a renowned and beloved creative leader in the American theater and the perfect choice to lead Chautauqua Theater Company and our vibrant theater community in its next chapter. Her experience as a visionary director at major stages across the country, and in collaboration with many of our great living playwrights, is exactly what we need to build upon CTC’s legacy of mounting beloved canonical work alongside dynamic new plays,” said Laura Savia, Chautauqua Institution’s Vice President of Performing and Visual Arts. “Jade’s expertise in helming plays that explore socially relevant topics and honor diverse perspectives will help fuel Chautauqua’s mission to explore the best in human values and to promote engaged dialogue on the matters that shape our world. An experienced educator, she also brings passion and prowess to our storied conservatory program. It gives me immense pride and joy to know that Chautauqua will be the artistic home of one of the most vital and caring voices in our field.”
Carroll previously spent time at Chautauqua in 2014, when she directed a production of The Tempest. She officially begins her work with the Institution on Aug. 29, and will spend one week on the grounds during Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2022 season to meet with Institution and company leadership and community members.
“Chautauqua Institution has a storied history as a home for world-class artists and thought leaders. It is a dream come true and an incredible honor to be named the next producing artistic director of Chautauqua Theater Company. I have personally had the privilege of working at Chautauqua in the past and can’t wait to return to a place that feels like home, continuing the already rich legacy and achievements of Vivienne Benesch, Andrew Borba and many others,” Carroll said. “At Chautauqua, the arts serve as a crucial component in a holistic mission: the enrichment of life and the exploration of the best in human values. From expanding our reach through the development of new plays to vital new approaches to the classics, I understand my work at the theater to be a central component to this mission, a means of deepening bonds with the larger Chautauqua community and of creating a more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible society.”
Specializing in new play development and directing, Carroll is a multiple-time collaborator with playwrights such as Dael Orlandersmith, Chisa Hutchinson, Dominique Morisseau and Sarah Gancher. She has also worked with many other emerging writers at organizations including the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Institute, Huntington Theatre, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons and The Civilians. Carroll has directed new audio dramas for Audible, Broadway Podcast Network and GEVA Theatre Center. As the Artistic Associate at Second Stage Theatre, she worked on world premieres by Lynn Nottage, Anna Deavere Smith, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, and Douglas Carter Beane, along with running 2ST’s education department.
Carroll has a long history of directing the classics and a strong desire to expand our cultural canon. She has directed over 50 productions across the country at such theatres as Primary Stages, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Milwaukee Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University, INTAR, Playwright’s Realm, The Wild Project, Miami New Drama, Portland Stage, Weston Playhouse, Portland Playhouse, City Theatre, Marin Theatre, Theatreworks, Two River Theatre, Playmakers Rep, People’s Light & Theatre, NYC Parks Summer Stages, Perseverance Theatre, Joe’s Pub, and Chautauqua Theater Company.
At Second Stage, Carroll was a Van Lier and NYC Council of the Arts directing fellow, and received a TCG New Generation/Future Leader grant in artistic directing. She is a former NYTW emerging artist fellow, artistic apprentice at the Women’s Project Theatre, and a directing and producing apprentice at the McCarter Theatre Center. She was a Gates Millennium scholar and recently received a 40 under 40 award from her alma mater, SUNY New Paltz. She was also the recipient of the Paul Green Award from the National Theatre Conference and the estate of August Wilson, and 2021 Drama League Award. She was the associate director on Broadway for A Streetcar Named Desire featuring Blair Underwood and Daphne Rubin-Vega and The Gin Game featuring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson.
As an educator, Carroll has taught and guest directed at Juilliard, Princeton, New York University, University of Iowa, Penn State, Adelphi University, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Point Park University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, West Virginia University, Bard College, Columbia University, and Chautauqua Theater Company.
ABOUT CHAUTAUQUA THEATER COMPANY
Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC) is dedicated to providing world-class theater to our audiences, supporting bold and passionate professional theatermakers from around the country, and fostering the next generation of theatrical talent. Founded in 1983, Chautauqua Theater Company is the resident professional theater and conservatory of Chautauqua Institution. Each summer, renowned actors, directors, designers and writers join talented emerging artists to form a unique company that produces a vibrant season including reexamined classics and daring new work over eight weeks in the historic Bratton Theater.
Recent productions have included Blood at the Root; Thurgood; The Christians; An Octoroon; Airness; The Profane; Detroit ’67; alongside Shakespeare and canonical works; directed by some of the country’s most engaging directors including Steve Broadnax III, Taibi Magar, Laura Kepley, Doug Hughes, Jenny Koons, and Giovanna Sardelli.
Over the last 12 years, CTC has been committed to launching new work onto the stage and into the industry. Our signature staged reading format, NPW, offers a bridge between written play and production. Past seasons have hosted new work by Bekah Brunstetter, Jessica Dickey, Zayd Dohrn, Kate Fodor, Nick Gandiello, Rinne Groff, Charly Evon Simpson, Whitney White, Lauren Yee, and Anna Ziegler, among others. An incubator and launch-pad to future productions, our past NPW projects have gone on to receive productions on Broadway and off-Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.
Looking ahead, CTC is called by Chautauqua Institution’s strategic plan, 150 Forward, to build on its legacy and to grow and innovate as never before. CTC is poised to deepen its commitment to making exciting, relevant work, providing opportunities for emerging and veteran professionals alike, and creating conversations around that work that resonate through Chautauqua Institution out into the greater community.
ABOUT CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION
Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer — and year-round through the CHQ Assembly online platforms — with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through engaged dialogue.
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