Momentum Festival Sneak Preview Presented by City Theatre

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Free tickets! 2020-05-06 7:00 PM 2020-05-06 7:45 PM America/New_York Momentum Festival Sneak Preview Presented by City Theatre 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

City Theatre’s iconic Momentum Festival has a new home online. Join Marc Masterson, James McNeel, and others for a sneak peek into the 2020 festival, including an exclusive lineup reveal.  

Streamed on The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh channel. (run-time 45 minutes)

City Theatre closes each season with the Momentum Festival: New Plays at Different Stages, which brings some of the most exciting playwrights in the country to Pittsburgh for a weekend of workshops, readings, and artist panels. Momentum is at the heart of City Theater’s mission to lead the new play development conversation on both a national and local level. Since its inception, the program has provided developmental support to more than fifty writers. The festival affords audiences and industry professionals the opportunity to not only see new works in progress, but to actively participate in the page to stage process. 

This City Theater virtual episode features Artistic Director Marc Masterson, Managing Director James McNeel,  and other festival artists giving a sneak peek into this year’s festival and what it means to bring it online. Marc and James will be speaking about the mission of the festival, announcing the 2020 lineup, and speaking with two of the playwrights.

Even though our doors are shuttered, City Theater is thrilled the festival can have a virtual home and continue to bring new works to the Pittsburgh community.

Marc Masterson, Artistic Director

Marc Masterson has been a leader in the American Theatre for over 35 years with a demonstrated track record of artistic accomplishment, civic engagement, and organizational development. He previously served as Artistic Director of City Theatre for 20 years and helped to build the organization and its current facilities on the South Side. He has commissioned and developed over 100 world premieres including Pulitzer finalists, Broadway and Off-Broadway successes and notable works in the American theatre canon including A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, The Parisian Woman by Beau Willimon, Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph and Office Hour by Julia Cho. More than 50% of the new plays he has produced were written by women. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of South Coast Repertory in California where he conceived and launched two major initiatives for diverse voices in the American theatre, the CrossRoads commissioning program and the Dialogos bi-lingual site-specific project. He served for 11 years as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville where he produced more than 200 productions and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Plays directed at the Humana Festival include works by Charles Mee, Wendell Berry, Craig Wright, Eric Coble, Adam Bock, Gina Gionfriddo, Melanie Marnich, and Rick Dresser. Recent directing credits include Shakespeare in Love, All the Way, Going to a Place where you Already Are, Zealot, Death of a Salesman, Eurydice and Elemeno Pea at SCR; Cry It Out at Dorset Theatre Festival; Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre; Byhalia, Mississippi by Evan Linder at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival; and The Kite Runner at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Cleveland Play House. He is thrilled to back home in Pittsburgh with many friends and some of the best audiences in the world.

James McNeel, Managing Director

James McNeel joined City Theatre as its Managing Director in January 2015. He came to Pittsburgh after four seasons in the same role at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he was integral in the development and production of 20 new plays (including 10 world premieres and four commissions). Previously, he served as Literature Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts focusing on grants to nonprofit presses, magazines, and literary organizations, as well as awards to individual poets, writers, and literary translators. While at the NEA he also worked on the development of such national initiatives as Operation Homecoming, Shakespeare in American Communities, Poetry Out Loud, and the National Book Festival. In 2005, James moved to New York City where he was General Manager and project consultant for the arts management firm, The Center for Creative Resources. At the Center, he worked with numerous individual artists and arts organization in all facets of institutional development and was a team leader in the feasibility study, opening, and first year management and operation of The Times Center, owned by The New York Times Company and designed by Renzo Piano. In addition, he was Director of Development and Marketing at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, located in Greenwich Village. James holds a degree from Shepherd University and studied Arts Management at American University. He is currently a board member of the South Side Chamber of Commerce and is on the national board of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), the largest theatre association if its kind in the United States.


Event Details

May 6, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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