Ashland New Plays Festival Announces Associate Artists: Sarah Cho, Kyle Haden, and Octavio Solis
January 27, 2021
As Ashland New Plays Festival begins its 29th season, one of the first steps taken by new Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca is the addition of three Associate Artists to the Artistic Team. ANPF welcomes Sarah Cho, Kyle Haden, and Octavio Solis as the inaugural group of professional theatre makers who will collaborate with Apodaca throughout the season.
Sarah Cho is a Los Angeles-based comedy writer and playwright, director, performer, and podcast host who earned an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Already Apodaca and Cho are working on ways to engage younger playwrights, with Cho bringing an inventive, fresh perspective.
ANPF's former artistic director, Kyle Haden, is extending his longtime connection to ANPF in this new capacity. Currently the interim senior associate head at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, where he is also an assistant professor of acting, Haden works nationally as a director and actor.
And finally, Octavio Solis, one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America, is a New York Times-recommended author for his memoir Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border, and also a Rogue Valley resident. “His perspective on theatre at the national level,” says Apodaca, “and as a local, here in our own backyard, make him an invaluable member of our team.”
“When I was appointed ANPF's fourth artistic director,” says Apodaca, “I was of course excited and grateful to accept the honor, but also acutely aware that I had accepted the responsibility. Having these incredible artists ready to weigh in on programming, play and artist selection, and matters of inclusion and equity will be paramount to ANPF's ability to develop and grow.”
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