New York, NY, July 11, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Anne Pasquale, Vice President and Director of Arts-In-Education of the Accidental Repertory Theater (ART), was named 2009 Teaching Artist of the Year by Young Audiences of New York at their annual Partners in Excellence awards ceremony last month. Pasquale, who also runs her own company – Living History Programs – is a founding member of ART. During the company’s inaugural season in the fall of 2008 ART presented in a seminar setting “Tennessee Williams: The Writer and His World,” compiled and co-directed by Pasquale. The piece had previously been presented to NYC middle-school and high-school students to considerable acclaim from students and teachers alike.
“We’re proud of Anne,” said ART Artistic Director John Strasberg. “Our educational programs are an important component of our work as a company. We hope to develop programs that not only present theater art to young people, but that involve students and teachers in the creative process.”
The Williams piece is the first in an envisioned series, tentatively titled the “World of Writers (WoW),” which will be developed with an awareness of the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for the Arts. Targeted specifically at middle- and high-school students, the pieces will present portions of great works of theater, together with commentary designed to highlight both the historical importance and the contemporary relevance of the works.
ART is currently at work on a new piece, “A Look Inside the Doll’s House,” based on the company’s recent productions of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” and “Emma Goldman’s Lecture on Ibsen’s Doll’s House.” “We want to find a way to leverage our presentations to the general public so that we can adapt them to work in a school setting and appeal to young people,” Pasquale said.
ART was founded in 2005 by Strasberg and a close-knit group of actors who had worked with him for a number of years. The company was incorporated in 2006 and received its 501(c)3 tax exemption in 2008.
Plans are underway for the 2009-2010 season, and may include a new version of Arthur Schnitzler’s “La Ronde,” and a new play by Strasberg titled “Adam’s Apples,” based on Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.”
Accidental Repertory Theater performs at the John Strasberg Studios, 555 Eighth Avenue (at 38th Street), Suite 403.