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Rob Orchard, Executive Producer

In October 2009, theatre producer and educator Rob Orchard became Emerson College’s first Executive Director for the Arts and Stephen G. Langley Chair in Theater Management and Production. Orchard was Managing Director of the Yale Repertory Theatre and School of Drama, where he also served as associate professor and co-chair of the MFA Theatre Administration Program. Following his time at Yale, Orchard was the Founding Managing Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and subsequently Executive Director, and was the architect for the A.R.T. training Institute and its relationship with the Moscow Art Theatre School, as well as Director of the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard. At the A.R.T. he produced more than 200 works (the vast majority of which were premieres), and worked with many of the world’s most respected directors, playwrights and composers. Orchard has served as chairman of both the Theatre and the Opera/Musical Theatre Panels at the National Endowment for the Arts as well as on numerous other national and local Boards. In 2000, Orchard received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. Most recently he and six others including F. Murray Abraham, Trevor Nunn and Peter Brook received the Moscow Art Theatre’s highest award for Distinguished Service: The Morozov Diamond Award.

David Dower, Director of Artistic Programs

Before joining ArtsEmerson in the spring of 2012, David Dower spent six seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Arena Stage, where he directed the Artistic Development team and founded the American Voices New Play Institute (AVNPI), the precursor to The Center for the Theater Commons now located at Emerson College. He served as the Artistic Producer on Arena’s offerings from 2007 - 2011, including the Tony/Pulitzer-winning Next to Normal. Prior to joining Arena he was the founding Artistic Director of The Z Space (a theatre development center focused on new plays) and a founder of its predecessor, the producing ensemble The Z Collective, both in San Francisco. He has directed plays around the country, including at Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle’s Intiman, and dozens of world premiere productions in the Bay Area. You can follow David on Twitter (@ddower).

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Emerson’s remarkable investment in the Paramount and Cutler Majestic facilities is a gift to arts enthusiasts across greater Boston. ArtsEmerson is committed to bringing world-class artists to these venues at affordable prices. To fulfill this mission, we will need your help. Support ArtsEmerson by becoming a member of our Fan Club or in the vaudeville spirit of Boston’s historic theatres, joining the Marquee Society.

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