Dina Janis has served as the artistic director of the Dorset Theatre Festival for the past seven years, where she recently directed the acclaimed production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson, as well as past productions of The Whipping Man by Mathew Lopez and Out of the City by Leslie Ayvazian. As part of her work at the Festival, Janis runs the acclaimed Dorset Theatre Festival New Play Development Program in conjunction with Theresa Rebeck and The Lark New Play Development Center. Writers Janis has hosted as part of this program include Martyna Majok, Adam Rapp, Samuel L. Hunter, Sherry Kramer, Laura Eason, and Cusi Cram, among others. She has served as one of the contributors to the renowned Kilroy List for the past two years. This list attempts to address gender equity in new play production nationally. During the summers of 2005–08, Janis hosted the renowned LAByrinth Theatre Company and their well-known Lab Intensive at Bennington College. This intensive brought more than 150 top theatre artists together for two weeks each summer for the purpose of developing new plays. Some of the artists who have participated in the past include Eric Bogosian, Sam Rockwell, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ellen Burstyn, John Patrick Shanley, and Stephen Adly Guirgis. Janis is a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio, currently led by Ellen Burstyn, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel. As an actor she trained directly with Kim Stanley, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, and Sanford Meisner. She has taught at Bennington since 2000. Read more about Dina here.
Interim Managing Director
Robert Wildman joins Dorset Theatre Festival and happily returns to producing theatre. He spent seven years as Managing Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and nine years as Press and Marketing Director at Yale Repertory Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre. Robert also worked at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, as well as at the Mark Taper Forum and American Conservatory Theatre. Robert has spent the most recent 14 years in academia: as Associate Professor and Director of the Arts Management program at LIU Post (Long Island University/C.W. Post), and creating and directing the program in Performing Arts Management at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has taught since 1999 for the distance learning Arts Administration program at Goucher College and for six years at the Yale School of Drama. Robert has served on the boards of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, the North Carolina Theatre Conference, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and the Adam Foundation. He has served on grant-making panels for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and the Huntington Arts Council and was recently appointed to the New York State Council on the Arts’ Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee. A graduate of Stanford University, Robert has an MFA in Theatre Administration from the Yale School of Drama.
Marketing & External Communications Manager
Natalie comes to Dorset from the comparably-wintery-but-much-flatter state of Michigan. Previously, she has worked in marketing departments at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, Chautauqua Theater Company in Chautauqua, NY, and Detroit Public Theatre in Detroit, MI. Natalie holds a BA in English and Theatre from Rochester College in Rochester Hills, MI.
Director of Design
Michael has been with Dorset Theatre Festival for 8 years, the first 6 as producing director. His lighting designs include the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, 45 productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC (including five years as resident lighting designer), 26 productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and multiple productions at Trinity Rep, Capital Rep, Portland Stage, Shakespeare & Company and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. He’s also designed for Barrington Stage, Chautauqua Theater Company, Virginia Stage, Indiana Rep, George Street Playhouse, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Huntington, Yale Rep, Olney and other theatres. New York lighting designs include Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce, The Kitchen, Here Arts Center, P.S. 122, La Mama, and the Off-Broadway production Sounding Beckett, originally produced at the Library of Congress. He has been on the Bennington College Faculty since 1992. As a Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient, he taught in New Zealand and Romania. MFA: Yale School of Drama; BA: Bates College. www.michaelgiannitti.com.
Judy Bowman Casting
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