D.C. director to lead playwrights confab

Goldberg will take charge of annual summer conference

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After a bumpy year or two, the National Playwrights Conference is back on track with a new artistic director from D.C.

Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic associate at the Arena Stage in Washington, will immediately take charge of the annual summer conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn.

The position of a.d. for the conference was scrapped last year in favor of an overall a.d. for the center. But when J Ranelli resigned in the midst of the conference last year over leadership issues, the old management structure of separate artistic directors for each of the center’s activities was reinstated. In previous years, the playwrights conference was run by longtime a.d. Lloyd Richards and then James Houghton, who also heads Off Broadway’s Signature Theater.

Split jurisdiction

Goldberg, who is also a director, will continue her position at the Arena, which she has held for five years. She directs the new-play development programs at the theater.

Amy Sullivan, who took over in 2003 after the resignation of Howard Sherman, continues as executive director of the center, now in its 41st year. Preston Whiteway is the new general manager; Richard Kuranda is producing director for his second season, and David Jaffe is the center’s longtime director of the National Theater Institute.

Those chosen for the playwrights conference as well as the music theater conference will be announced in May. The two will run concurrently in July for the second year.

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