ART’s Board of Directors approved the recommendation by the search committee for next Artistic Director
Sisters Sandy (Carla Pauli, left) and Lola (Livia Gomes Demarchi, right) fight over who has to deal with their grandfather’s ashes, while their baby brother Bruno (Eduardo Soria, center) films their theatrics in AlterTheater’s world premiere of Rella Lossy Award winner Ghosts of Bogotá by Diana Burbano, now published by Stage Rights. Photo by David Allen.
I’m especially looking forward to building more relationships between Artists Rep and community groups working to make Portland a better, more equitable, more just, place to live and work.
Kelly’s (Cathleen Riddley, right) attempts to teach a cow to count go off the rails when Maybelle (Gwen Loeb, left) has other priorities in the world premiere of Cow Pie Bingo by Larissa FastHorse. Photo by David Allen.
Board Chair Pancho Savery, says of Harrison, “ART was the first LORT theatre in the United States to hire a Latino AD; a leading-edge decision. ART continues its commitment to break new ground and create space for extraordinary theatre from new voices by hiring Jeanette.” She believes in combating invisibility and harmful representations by telling contemporary, complex Native stories written by Native authors. Jeanette, a Native New Yorker of Onondaga descent, will be ART’s first Native American woman named Artistic Director.
Jeanette will harness the power of theater to create empathy and build bridges across divides of experience, perspective, wealth, ethnicity, to build stronger, more just, more equitable, more compassionate communities. Her vision is to maintain and develop new artistic alliances with playwrights and theatres locally and nationally, including the development of a robust arts education program. One of her most significant achievements is the Arts Learning Project for Native Youth (ALP4NY) program, which offers virtual, hybrid, and in-person arts programming to Native youth, centered in Nevada and California, and serving youth from New York to Washington state. Harrison stressed, “I look forward to finding more ways for Artists Rep to be a creative problem-solver for issues facing our local community. I’m especially looking forward to building more relationships between Artists Rep and community groups working to make Portland a better, more equitable, more just, place to live and work.”
The 2022/23 Artists Repertory Theatre season is presented by Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Shubert Foundation, Arts Consulting Group, Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation/OCF, and Oregon Arts Commission/NEA/State of Oregon/Business Oregon.