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Piccolo Theatre Announces New Artistic Director

Posted by Admin On July - 2 - 2015

EVANSTON, ILThe Piccolo Theatre, Inc. (PTI) Board of Directors names Michael D. Graham as the new Artistic Director of the Piccolo Theatre Ensemble.  This appointment is the culmination of a three-month search for a permanent Artistic Director as part of a two-year long succession plan for the organization. David W.M. Kelch, founding member of the theatre ensemble, has served as interim Artistic Director since August 2014.  The Piccolo Theatre Ensemble will continue in its mission to make people laugh, producing only live comedy productions for all ages.  Mr. Graham will begin his tenure mid-July.

Graham was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Appetite Theatre, where he produced, directed, wrote, and acted. He also developed new works through Appetite’s “Bruschetta” short play festival. His work as a director has been seen at Dead Writers Theatre Collective, Halcyon Theatre, Hubris Productions, Citadel Theatre, The Side Project, Act One Studios, New Trier High School, and Pride Films and Plays.  He has appeared on stage at Piccolo Theatre in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (2007), and The Cherry Orchard (2012); his Piccolo directing credits include The Mystery of Irma Vep (2013), and SMASH (2014).  For Piccolo’s 2015/2016 Season, he will direct The Misanthrope, in a new version by Martin Crimp in the spring of 2016.  He is an active member of Dead Writers Theatre Collective and a former artistic associate at Halcyon Theatre.  He has served on the review committee for Pride Films and Plays contests for new screenplays, plays, and short films.  Graham previously was a founding member of Actors Trading Post in Lubbock, Texas.Under Graham’s artistic direction, Piccolo Theatre, Inc. will continue to serve its constituency in the Chicagoland area by providing quality, affordable entertainment and educational programming for people of all ages; supporting the businesses of the Main Street Shopping District and greater Evanston community by utilizing their talents and services for PTIs organizational needs; and maintaining a standard of teaching and learning opportunities to promote community development without discrimination of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

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