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Angelina Fiordellisi Steps Down as Cherry Lane Theatre Artistic Director

Seri Lawrence and Janio Marrero will take Fiordellisi's place at the helm of the off-Broadway company.

Angelina Fiordellisi has stepped down as artistic director of Cherry Lane Theatre.
(© Tricia Baron)

Cherry Lane Theatre's founding artistic director Angelina Fiordellisi has announced that she will be stepping down as artistic director of Cherry Lane after 21 years. Fiordellisi's longtime associates, Seri Lawrence and Janio Marrero, who have been serving as interim co-artistic directors for the past year, will serve as co-artistic directors of Cherry Lane Theatre beginning with the 2017-18 season.

Going forward, Fiordellisi will hold the title of founder, and will continue to hold a seat on the board of directors as well as produce the company's annual Founder's Project production, which most recently commissioned, developed, and produced Israel Horovitz's Out of the Mouths of Babes and this summer's revival of Horton Foote's The Traveling Lady.

She will also continue to perform as an actor and develop projects outside of Cherry Lane Theatre including Matty Selman's new musical, La Dotteressa, about Maria Montessori, and Gretchen Cryer's new musical, Still Getting My Act Together, along with the 2018 Founder's Project play.

"It has been an honor to serve as artistic director for 20 seasons and I've decided to step aside and allow the next generation of leadership to inspire our resident company," said Fiordellisi in a statement. "On behalf of the Cherry Lane Board of Directors, it is with great joy and complete confidence that I welcome Serafina Lawrence and Janio Marrero as the new co-artistic directors of Cherry Lane Alternative."

"For more than a decade, we have been privileged to call Cherry Lane Theatre our home," Lawrence and Marrero commented. "It is an honor to serve this special community, and we are thrilled to embrace this great opportunity to lead our company forward."