When I joined Round House Theatre as Producing Artistic Director, Jason Loewith wrote a Welcome Mat article about me. I’m thrilled to now return the favor as Jason takes over at Olney Theatre Center this week! I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jason through the National New Play Network for the last five years. I was Secretary of the Board when we hired Jason, then Vice President and President. During that time, NNPN underwent a seismic shift, due in large part to Jason’s vision, his outstanding leadership abilities, and his passion for new plays and playwrights.
Ryan Rilette was presiding over his last meeting as President of the National New Play Network when the Washington Post broke the news he’d been tapped as the Producing Artistic Director of Round House Theatre. My colleagues at the table were stunned by the news they’d be losing a trusted leader and great friend from the Network. (In case you don’t know, NNPN is an alliance of theatres across the country that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays.) But I was pretty thrilled, knowing what it would mean for the Washington theatre community.
Back in January, the Post posed the question: “A Wow Decade: Now What?” I’m hoping the answer is “The Playwright Decade”. And Ryan’s move to Round House might make it happen.