Factory Theatre appoints “Interim Artistic Team”
by Michael Wheeler
Just four days after the call for applications for the job of Artistic Director closed, the Factory Theatre Board has appointed Nina Lee Aquino and Nigel Shawn Williams as the “Interim Artistic Team” for the 2012-2013 season. No explanation was given as to how long these roles are to be assumed and whether a permanent joint Artistic directorship is in the making.
The news met mixed reaction on social media with some commenters noting that a mediation session with Ken Gass had been scheduled later in the week. For these commenters, making this announcement ahead of these talks reinforced the notion that the board was heading into these talks in bad faith.
Other commenters (myself included) applauded the selection of two artists that had a long history of working at Factory Theatre and were capable of carrying Ken’s vision forwards while infusing the institution with new ideas.
The news came later in a day when another Artistic Director, Buddies in Bad Times AD Brendan Healy, posted a popular Facebook note inspired by his first vacation after three years at the helm of the institution.
The note lays out “Four thoughts for my future self” (that are not about Ken Gass or the Factory Theatre but that have certainly been affected by Ken Gass and the Factory Theatre). They are expanded upon in the note, but the four thoughts are:
- I am not the theatre company and the theatre company is not me.
- The theatre company owes me nothing.
- I will lose everything.
- My work exists inside the people that I have shared it with.