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New York Theater Workshop appoints Patricia McGregor as Artistic Director


McGregor has been affiliated with the New York Theater Workshop as a “habitual suspect”, a term the theater uses to refer to performers with whom it has an ongoing connection. She plans to assume the position of Artistic Director in August; Nicola has lined up next season including covers of “Merrily We Roll Along” with Daniel Radcliffe and “Three Sisters” with Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac. McGregor will choose the lineup starting in fall 2023.

And what will its programming look like? “Visceral, relevant, empowering, joyful, delightful,” she said. “And really looking at form fusions.”

Her directing career has focused on new American plays, but she said she also had an affection for the classics (she directed a mobile unit production of “Hamlet” for the Public Theater in 2016 ) and musicals (she worked as associate director of “Fela!” on Broadway). Among his New York credits were a 2012 production of Katori Hall’s “Hurt Village” at the Signature Theater; she is currently completing three projects, including an oratorio on gentrification, titled “Place,” at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Old Globe in San Diego, and her first feature, “1660 Vine.” on social media influencers.

McGregor was born in St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, and moved often as a child, living in Hawaii, California, Illinois and Florida. Her father, originally from St. Croix, was a fisherman and engineer who served in the navy, and her English-born mother was an artist, teacher, and labor organizer; when she takes on her new role, McGregor will become one of the few black women to serve as artistic director of nonprofit theaters in New York City.

“I have a pretty wide range of lived experiences racially, economically, and geographically,” she said. “I think a lot about the fact that the workshop is both hyperlocal in its roots and international in its reach, and that fits very well with my lived experience and appetite to know and engage with the world.”

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