Actors' Shakespeare Project has announced that Christopher V. Edwards will become the company's new artistic director. An arts leader, director, actor, and educator, Edwards most recently served as artistic director at Nevada Conservatory Theatre for three years, and for 14 years before that worked as associate artistic director and director of education with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Edwards will begin as artistic director of ASP in August. Maurice Emmanuel Parent and Paula Plum currently serve as co-acting artistic directors.
"We are ecstatic that Chris will be joining us as ASP's third artistic director," says executive producer Kimberly Dawson. "His spirit and energy, approach to Shakespeare, and experience working with companies of actors prove that he is the perfect person to steward ASP into the next chapter of our history. I can think of no one better matched to be at the helm, and I very much look forward to working with him to build on ASP's success for years to come."
"I have had a long distance crush on Actors' Shakespeare Project for some time," says Edwards. "ASP has an impressive local and national reputation for its stage work and educational programming. We share a common appreciation for heightened texts and their insights, and a focus on getting to the heart of every story — to encourage actors and audiences together to become more empathetic human beings. I am thrilled to be getting back to Shakespeare, and eager to again work with a resident acting company as demonstrably committed to their craft as ASP's."
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