ANPF Has a New Artistic Director!
April 15, 2015—Ashland New Plays Festival is extremely pleased to announce that Kyle Haden has been chosen as ANPF’s new artistic director.
A professional actor, director, and educator, Haden, 37, has deep roots in Ashland, having worn many hats for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. These include both acting and teaching as well as directing OSF’s Midnight Projects and School Visit shows and serving on the Boar’s Head committee. Kyle has been the director of OSF’s Summer Seminar program for high school juniors for the past five years and is a member of the OSF Institute faculty in the festival’s Education Department. Previously, he taught in the Theatre Arts Department at Southern Oregon University for three years, where he completely overhauled and redesigned the department’s BFA and BA Performance curricula. He is currently an assistant professor at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.
“I am honored to accept the position of artistic director with Ashland New Plays Festival, and I am so excited to have this opportunity,” says Haden, who will be playing Camillo in The Winter’s Tale at Chicago’s First Folio Theatre in July. “I have been familiar with ANPF since working on a project with them in 2003, and I have always been impressed by their passion for theatre. This is an exciting time to be part of ANPF, and I look forward to working with the board, as well as all the volunteers who make this such a special organization, as we seek out outstanding new plays.”
ANPF President James Pagliasotti, who led the search for a new AD, says that Haden is a great fit: “Ashland New Plays Festival has been blessed with a 24-year legacy of bringing exciting new plays to Ashland’s sophisticated theater audiences. We are so pleased and proud to have Kyle Haden as our new artistic director. He was unanimously chosen from a strong field of candidates. We are confident that his skills, experience, and vision will usher in a new era of excellence in artistic direction at ANPF. Kyle is a perfect fit for an organization that is determined to explore the boundaries and see what it is capable of in its next quarter century.”
Named by Fodor’s as one of the top three reasons to visit Ashland, ANPF is in our twenty-fourth year, drawing playwrights and theatre lovers from far and wide for a week of readings, talkbacks, workshops, and playwright appreciation while celebrating new works for the stage.
Haden will lead the collaborative process to select four winning plays from hundreds of scripts submitted for presentation as dramatic readings during the one-week festival. He will recruit a director for each winning play and collaborate with the four directors to cast the roles, facilitate playwright/director communication, and oversee rehearsals and performances. He will also act as our spokesperson, advise our Board of Directors about fundraising events, assist in promoting Festival Week, and serve as a liaison between ANPF and the greater theater community.