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Livestreamed on this page on Thursday 27 April 2023 at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Thursday 27 April 2023

Linda Chapman and Jim Nicola: Thirty Years at New York Theatre Workshop

Joined by Jean Passanante and Patricia McGregor and moderated by Frank Hentschker

Thursday 27 April 2023

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented Linda Chapman and Jim Nicola: Thirty Years at the New York Theatre Workshop livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 27 April 2023 at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Join us for an evening celebrating the work of Linda Chapman and James C. Nicola at the legendary New York Theatre Workshop. In their thirty-four-year run, Linda and James, at the 199-seat East Village theatre, gave birth to hundreds of important theatre works including Tony-winning best musicals Rent, Once, and Hadestown, as well as What the Constitution Means to Me and Slave Play. The theatre’s support made a crucial difference to the careers of such writers as Tony Kushner, Lisa Kron, and Doug Wright; the directors Rachel Chavkin, Lileana Blain-Cruz, and Sam Gold; and many others.

In his acceptance speech for the Tony, James said: “Our community has aspired to be a sanctuary for a certain species of artist—theatremakers who embrace their divinity, who understand their sacred obligation to lead and inspire us.” American Theatre magazine wrote about Linda: “There is not a corner of New York Theatre Workshop’s existence that hasn’t been profoundly touched and shaped by her heart, her brains, and her soul.”

Joined by Jean Passanante and Patricia McGregor. Moderated by Frank Hentschker.

Linda S. Chapman: Linda was the founding president of Youth Arts New York, co-director of the Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award program, and associate artistic director at New York Theatre Workshop from 1995 to 2022. She co-wrote The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, adapted from Ann Bannon’s classic with Kate Moira Ryan, published by Dramatists Play Service; co-wrote/performed Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving with Lola Pashalinski; was founding producer of DYKE TV/DTV Productions; was managing director/associate member of the Wooster Group from 1983 to 1994; performed in Brace Up; and was an administrator for Theater for the New City.

Patricia McGregor has twice been profiled by the New York Times for her direction of world premieres. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, a co-founder of Angela’s Pulse with her sister, choreographer and organizer Paloma McGregor. Patricia was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow at Yale School of Drama, where she also served as artistic director of the Yale Cabaret.

James Nicola served as the artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop from 1988 to 2022. Prior to that, he was producing associate at Arena Stage from 1980 to 1988, beginning his time there as an NEA Director Fellow. From 1975 to 1980 he was a casting coordinator at the New York Shakespeare Festival and a freelance director. He is a graduate of Tufts University and grew up in Manchester, Connecticut.

Jean Passanante may be best known as a soap opera writer, but she started out in theatre as an actor and director and worked at several major institutions, including New York Theatre Workshop and the O’Neill Theatre Center.

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