Stage Directions January 2012 : Page 6

theatre buzz Chicago League of Theatres Launches ChicagoSpaces.org The League of Chicago Theatres has launched ChicagoSpaces.org—a “comprehensive” database of per-forming arts venues and rehearsal venues in the Chicagoland area. The database is aimed to help performers and arts orgs find the best places to rehearse and perform, and its loca-tions are searchable by location, rate, seating capacity, size, amenties and more. What’s more, the database is free for everyone—there’s no cost for facilities to have their space listed and there’s no cost to search the database. “Finding suitable, affordable rehearsal or performance space can be a time-consuming, costly and frustrating task,” says Deb Clapp, executive director of the League of Chicago Theatres. “ChicagoSpaces.org helps save time and money and serves as a valuable resource for connecting both orga-nizations and artists with their space needs.” ChicagoSpaces.org was developed with Fractured Atlas, a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. industry news J.R. Clancy Joins as Silver Sponsor for NATEAC 2012 J.R. Clancy has joined the 2012 North American Theatre, Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) as a Silver Sponsor. J.R. Clancy has been a lead sponsor of NATEAC since 2008, and a sponsor of the original, U.K., version of the conference since 2010. Directed by Bill Sapsis, the NATEAC conference promotes communication between the architects, engineers, consul-tants, and manufacturers responsible for designing and building new theatres and renovating existing facilities. Clancy participated in the Theatre Engineering & Architecture Conference in the United Kingdom—the inspiration for the North American conference—in 2002 and 2006, and became a sponsor of the UK conference in 2010. “J. R. Clancy’s continuing support is very much appreciated,” said Sapsis. “Their sponsorship shows their commitment to the dialog begun in 2002 and the vital role these conferences play in furthering those discussions. J. R. Clancy’s support also helps us provide the programming and networking events that are an essential part of NATEAC.” Les Waters New Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville Actors Theatre of Louisville has named Les Waters as their new artistic director. Waters has spent the past eight years as the asso-Les Waters ciate artistic director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where he directed such works as the Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) , which premiered at Berkeley before continuing to Broadway, as well as the world pre-mieres of Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West and Fêtes de la Nuit. Waters is known for his strong collaborations with playwrights and championing the works of new playwrights. Bob Theis Steps Down as CEO of J.R. Clancy After 30 years at J.R. Clancy, CEO Bob Theis will be retiring in phas-es over the course of the next six months. On December 31, 2011 Bob Theis he will step down as CEO; he will continue as advisor to the board of Wenger Corp. (the company that bought J.R. Clancy) until July 2012. Stepping in to replace Theis will be Mike Murphy, the current president. 6 January 2012 • www.stage-directions.com changing roles

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