The Play Company announced today that Robert G. Bradshaw, who since July 2016 has served as interim managing director, has been promoted to the role of managing director, effective immediately. In his new role, Bradshaw will oversee PlayCo operations, financial planning and management, in addition to overseeing production with founding producer Kate Loewald and producing artistic associate Melissa Hardy.
The Play Company develops and produces adventurous new plays from the around the world, alongside new works by American playwrights. Bradshaw joined PlayCo as general manager in 2014, when the organization first established the position. He worked closely with former executive producer Lauren Weigel for over two years to strengthen PlayCo's financial and operational management until her departure in June 2016.
"Last July, Rob stepped into the role of interim managing director with grace and some amount of courage, taking on considerable responsibilities," said Loewald in a statement. "He has made the role his own. It is exciting to advance a dedicated person from within the company as he develops his career, and I look forward to Rob's leadership contributions to PlayCo's promising future."
Bradshaw is a producer, director, and arts education professional originally from New Jersey. Before joining the Play Company, he was the associate director of the American Place Theatre's (APT) Literature to Life program, a national arts literacy program for underserved students and communities. During his tenure at APT, he produced several verbatim adaptations of significant American literature, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz, and the New York Times bestseller The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
Bradshaw has also directed and produced several stage productions in the Greater New York area, and has been recognized for excellence in directing by the Kennedy Center and the National Partners/American Theatre in Washington, D.C. As an educator, Bradshaw has served as a teaching artist for several arts education companies and is the co-owner of Enspirited Projects, an arts education and community engagement company based in Brick, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelors in Theatre Studies and a Masters in Arts Management from Montclair State University.
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