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Reynaldo Piniella and Pierre Marais announced as artists in residence of the Abingdon theater company

Reynaldo Piniella and Pierre Marais announced as artists in residence of the Abingdon theater company

The Abingdon Theater Company has announced two new Artists in Residence for their 30th season starting in the fall. Reynaldo Piniella and Pierre Marais will be the next participants in the Carolyn Halpert Artist in Residence program, which began in 2017.

Carolyn Halpert has been a devotee of the arts all her life but, as an actress, her heart was in the theater. She became a staunch supporter of the Abingdon Theater Company and when she died in late 2015, she recalled her ATC in her will. As a result, Abingdon named the Artist-in-Residence program in honor of her. Each season, ATC selects artists for a one-year residency. The program aims to nurture emerging artists and new works by offering mentoring and the opportunity to continue the exploration of their work.

Art Director, Chad Austin, said, “I am thrilled to have Pierre and Reynaldo in residence during our celebration of Season 30. They represent the kind of artist I believe in and exemplify the kind of humans I wish to support as they carve out their travels. artistic. “

Pieniella said, “As an emerging artist, having an artistic home is an invaluable privilege. The Abingdon Theater Company has fostered my artistic growth as an actor, writer and creator and I couldn’t be more excited to join them as an artist-in-residence. . “

“I am deeply honored to have been selected as the Artist-in-Residence for the 30th season of the Abingdon Theater Company,” said Marais. “Abingdon artistically represents everything I have moved my life from South Africa to New York City to pursue. They defend the work that is new and innovative and bring it to life. I am grateful to Artistic Director Chad Austin for his trust and confidence in me; the guidance and platform provided by him and the entire Abingdon team have made me a better and braver artist. I can’t wait to see all the work we will create together in this pivotal year for the company. “

Reynaldo Piniella is an actor, writer, activist and educator from East New York, Brooklyn. In 2021, he was on The Acting Company of two Broadway shows simultaneously: Thoughts of a Colored Man and Trouble in Mind. His off-Broadway acting credits include The Death of the Last Black Man …, Venus (Signature), The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA), Lockdown (Rattlestick), The Space Between the Letters (The Public / UTR) and The best of theatrical works (Teatro di lavoro). Regional acting credits include work on the Baltimore Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, O’Neill, Sundance Theater Lab, and Cleveland Play House. As a playwright, his work includes Black Doves (Thomas Barbour Award for Dramaturgy), Real Life RPG (committed by Baltimore Center Stage, produced by San Diego Rep, Shakesqueer Theater Company and Pioneer Theater Guild), No Shade (produced by Lee Strasberg Institute at NYU Tisch), I’m Old School (produced by Single Carrot Theater) and Black and Blue (ANT Fest by Ars Nova). He received the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship from the Theater Communications Group to develop an English-Spanish bilingual Hamlet with the Harlem Classical Theater. He is a current member of All for One Theater’s Solo Collective and is an alum of The Civilians’ R & D Group. He is the inaugural recipient of the All Stars Project’s Fellowship for Young Artists of Color, a FREEdom Fellow at the Weeksville Heritage Center, and has received residencies from the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative and HB Studio.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Pierre Marais is an award-winning director and short film actor based in New York. As a Broadway actor, most recently in Aladdin The Musical, dance has been a cornerstone of his film work and has defined his style largely through movement. In the last year alone, Pierre’s films have collected over 50 selections from different film festivals around the world. In particular, his short film “As Apple Pie” earned him a selection as best young director at the Cannes Film Festival. Narratively, Pierre is the director and cinematographer for “For The Boys”, a popular and award-winning web series streaming on SlayTV. He also works as a director for Broadstream, a new online streaming platform. Most recently, as a director, Pierre’s documentary “Ensemble” was released on Broadway on Demand; a reformulation of the recorded sessions that created the musical “A Chorus Line” through the lens of the pandemic. As an actor, he is currently starring in “Anne of Green Gables”, a new musical adaptation of the classical story at the Goodspeed Opera House.

The Abingdon Theater Company was formed in 1993 by a group of theater artists, eager for continued collaboration and greater control over their creative lives. Now, 30 years later, Abingdon has collaborated with over 200 playwrights including Tony Award winner V (formerly Eve Ensler), Philip Dawkins, David Greenspan, Anne Bogart, James Lecesne, Michael Weller, Dominque Fishback, Charles Mee and many other. In recent years their annual galas have honored artists such as Bebe Neuwirth, Donna Murphy and Andrew Lippa. Recent productions include the New York premieres of Fruit Trilogy and The Gentleman Caller and the acclaimed Drama Desk Nominee, Get On Your Knees. The company offers a safe home where playwrights, directors and actors can collaborate in a supportive and inspiring environment. They seek stories about the human experience that reflect our social, political, historical and cultural diversity. They are keenly aware of the power of theater to unite disparate groups of the population through stories of common human interests and strive to shed light on a variety of perspectives.

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