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Monday, May 16, 2011

Suzanne Appel Hired as Cutting Ball Theater's First Managing Director

Posted on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Suzanne Appel - MAGGIE ELLIOTT
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In a little more than two weeks, Cutting Ball Theater will get its first managing director in Suzanne Appel. According to a statement from the theater, Appel recently completed a dual MBA/MFA in theater management at Yale University and directed fundraising at New York performing arts center Dance Theater Workshop. She is scheduled to start June 1.

Cutting Ball is known for its experimental productions, and artistic director Rob Melrose says that's what drew him to Appel.

"What hooked me was her deep passion for and knowledge of experimental theater," Melrose says in the company's statement. "She is full of energy and ideas and those ideas are all right in line with the art and culture we have created at Cutting Ball these past 11 years."

Appel says the attraction was mutual: "When I first met Rob Melrose last summer at a conference, I knew immediately I had stumbled upon someone with a very rare talent in the theater world. Rob is unafraid to take big artistic risks, but is so thoughtful that he very naturally brings us all along on the journey of his big ideas."

Cutting Ball was founded in 1999 by Melrose and Paige Rogers. The theater company recently announced that it has been awarded a grant of $150,000 to produce five plays by Swedish playwright August Strindberg.

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