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Theatre Communications Group Announces New Officers for Board of Directors

Michael Eddy • Industry News • July 17, 2020

Nikkole Salter will chair the board of directors for TCG

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced new officers for its board of directors. Nikkole Salter, actress, playwright, educator, and arts advocate, Bloomfield, NJ, will chair a slate of officers that includes three vice-chairs: Mara Isaacs, founder and executive/creative producer, Octopus Theatricals, New York, NY; Eileen J. Morris, artistic director, The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX; and Meghan Pressman, managing director, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA. Joining as treasurer and secretary respectively are Angela Lee Gieras, executive director; Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO and Lisa Portes, director and educator, Chicago, IL.

“As part of our strategic planning process led by Yancey Consulting, TCG is reimagining all aspects of our programming and organizational structure, including governance,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “We are therefore not adding new trustees until later this year. Instead, through the visionary leadership of these officers, our board will create a responsive new structure that evolves our governance alongside TCG as a whole. Nikkole Salter will bring her powerful artistry and commitment to equity to the board chair position at this critical time. Together with her fellow trustees guiding our efforts, we’ll work with renewed clarity and capacity toward a more just and thriving theatre ecology.”

Mara Isaacs

Eileen J. Morris

Meghan Pressman

“Committed to supporting TCG’s promotion of a just and thriving national theatre ecology, the board is poised to work with the solvency of Teresa’s vision and the ingenuity of the TCG staff to open a new organizational chapter and take the next evolutionary step in our invaluable service to the health and well-being of the field,” said incoming board chair Nikkole Salter.

Angela Lee Gieras

Lisa Portes

Returning board members include: May Adrales, associate artistic director; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI; Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH; Jeremy B. Cohen, producing artistic director, Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN; Will Davis, director and choreographer; New York, NY; Snehal Desai, producing artistic director, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA; Kelvin Dinkins Jr., assistant dean/general manager, Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT; Teresa Eyring, executive director, Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY; John Fontillas, planner, architect, partner; H3, New York, NY; Nataki Garrett, artistic director; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR; Angela Lee Gieras, executive director; Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO; Derek Goldman, co-founding director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics; Director, playwright/adapter, professor, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Jamie Herlich McIalwain, director of development, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA; Mara Isaacs, founder and executive/creative producer, Octopus Theatricals, New York, NY; Laurie McCants, co-founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg, PA; Johamy Morales, director of education, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle, WA; Eileen J. Morris, artistic director, The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX; Lisa Portes, director and educator, Chicago, IL; Meghan Pressman, managing director/CEO, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA; Ellen Richard, executive director, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA; Anthony Rodriguez, co-founder and producing artistic director; Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA; Nikkole Salter, actress, playwright, educator, and arts advocate, Bloomfield, NJ; David Schmitz, executive director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL; Hana S. Sharif, artistic director; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; and Harold Steward, producing co-executive director, The Theater Offensive, Boston, MA.

Members of TCG’s board serve up to three two-year terms. Board officers serve terms of one-year, renewable, and concurrent with the fiscal year of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Further information from TCG: www.tcg.org.

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