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Time to Move on: Two Leaders of Downtown Theater and the Legacies They Leave Behind
Friday 10/13 at 5pm ET
In the room: Robert Lyons, founding artistic director of The Ohio, The New Ohio Theater, and the Obie Award-winning Soho Think Tank; and Kristin Marting, the founding artistic director of the form-breaking performance space HERE in New York, and a director and producer of hybrid work. Two of the driving forces of the downtown theater scene are both moving on after impacting and shaping the New York theater scene for decades. Is it a coincidence that these two risk-taking leaders are both stepping down post-pandemic? Did shutdown influence their decision? Cultural shifts? The frustrating economics of theater? Or something else entirely? Lyons' exit marks the end of New Ohio, though Kristin will be passing the baton on so HERE will still be here. Neither is retiring. What do they see in their future, and the future of "experimental" theater?