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Monday, February 19, 2018

Luna artistic director Cheryl Katz stepping down at end of season

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The Luna Stage Board of Directors has announced the departure of Cheryl Katz, Luna’s Artistic Director. Cheryl Katz who has been a staff member for over 15 years and Artistic Director for the last 5 years has decided to step down at the end of the current 2017/18 season. To succeed Ms. Katz, the Board has chosen Ari Laura Kreith, who comes to Luna from Theater 167 in New York. She will become Artistic Director at the conclusion of the current season.

0a15fabc355e8a90a9281d658d54ae07Rita Woodard, Luna Theater Board President says: “It’s difficult to succinctly describe the depth of what Cheryl has brought to Luna over the years. Her fierce commitment to the work and to the audiences has meant that when you see a play here, you will be ‘challenged and illuminated.’ We will deeply miss her.

Luna is rekindling its role as an engine for community and arts engagement in the Valley Arts District. Ari’s skills and experience will catalyze building theater that builds community. She will continue Luna’s tradition of producing work that inspires powerful conversations. I am beyond delighted about Luna’s evolution.”

Ari Laura KreithAs a director and artistic director, Ari Laura Kreith comes to Luna with a long history of creating new work through community engagement. Her experience will add new dimensions to Luna’s work as an anchor institution in the Valley. Her work as Artistic Director in theaters who work with original plays will continue Luna’s tradition of developing vital new works for the stage. Her work in community engagement will add new dimensions to Luna’s work as one of the anchors in the Valley Arts District.

Reflecting on her departure Cheryl says: “I have decided to step down as Artistic Director at the end of this season. I have not made this decision lightly. During my tenure here, I have been blessed to work with an amazing collection of artists and arts supporters, and I have been given the gift of being able to champion the work I felt was most deserving. All of this is rare and has been an honor.”

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