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ANDREW VOLKOFF NAMED NEW DIRECTOR AT ABOUT FACE
Andrew Volkoff has been named the new artistic director of About Face Theatre, the Chicago company known as a national leader in the development of new work that explores gender and sexual identity. Volkoff, who served as associate artistic director of the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts for five years, and spent three years leading the Genesius Theatre Group in New York City, will succeed Bonnie Metzgar this spring.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Volkoff attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Mn. where he graduated cum laude with a double major in French and Dramatic Arts. He is currently developing the musical “Swish; or my quest to become the gayest person ever” with the team of Joel Derfner, Tim Acito and Dan Marshall.
At the Barrington Stage, Volkoff’s credits included “The Fantasticks,” “Underneath the Lintel,” “This Wonderful Life,” “I Am My Own Wife,” “Fully Committed,” “Santaland Diaries,” “Thief River,” “The Shape of Things,” “The Laramie Project,” “Love and Happiness” and “My Scary Girl.”
In addition to directing at many regional theaters, Volkoff was co-artistic director of the Hangar Theatre Lab for one season. And he was selected as the first director to participate in the US/Bulgaria Directors Exchange Project , staging the Bulgarian premiere of John Kolvenbach’s “Lovesong” at the Nikolai Binev Theatre in Sofia, where it is in its second year of repertory.
Since its founding in 1995 by Kyle Hall and Eric Rosen, the About Face Theatre has produced more than 45 world premieres by recognized writers and directors.
“Following an extensive local and national search, Andrew Volkoff, a returning Midwesterner, emerged as the natural candidate to implement a new strategic vision for About Face,” said About Face board president Bill Michel. “With his collaborative style of leadership, Andrew will draw upon our 17 years of artistic accomplishments, engage with our talented artists, administrators and youth, and help forge a new era of theater and social advocacy for the LGBTQA community in Chicago and beyond.”
In a prepared statement, Volkoff stated his hope that “together, we will create inspiring and entertaining theater of the highest caliber – theatre that will engage Chicagoans and encourage us all to participate in continual dialogue about our lives, our community and social change. Additionally, I intend to expand the successful model of About Face’s unparalleled youth program, which provides young LGBTQA people a safe place to express themselves and create positive change through artistic discovery. Finally, I will work with AFT to realize its long-awaited vision of a community-rooted space to house its expanded, year-round programming and activities.”
About Face Theatre will publicly introduce Volkoff at its upcoming gala and largest annual fundraising event, WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS, on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8 pm (VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm) at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. For WONKA BALL 2013 tickets and additional information, visit www.aboutfacetheatre.com.