Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater appoints Alan Stanford as new director
August 30, 2013 10:45 PM
By Mackenzie Carpenter Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater has appointed a new director, board president Eugene O'Sullivan said today.
Alan Stanford, whom the theater called Ireland's leading advocate of Oscar Wilde's works, was named producing artistic director after serving on an interim basis since February.
Mr. Stanford, who has also been an actor and director with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater for six seasons, succeeds Andrew Paul, co-founder and director of the theater, who was fired in February.
Mr. Stanford has been principal director at the Gate Theater Dublin for nearly 20 years and continues to maintain a professional relationship with the company. He served on the Arts Council of Ireland for five years and remains a member of the Irish Theater Forum. He has directed and produced works by Wilde, Shaw, Graham Greene, Brecht and Shakespeare, and performed as an actor in productions at Ireland's major theaters, Lincoln Center in New York, Toronto, Melbourne and Asia.
His recent production of "Lady Windermere's Fan" was a financial and critical success for the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, further building his reputation as a skilled interpreter of the plays of Oscar Wilde.
"We were fortunate to find someone of Alan's caliber to lead this organization at a most critical time," Mr. O'Sullivan said in a press release announcing the appointment. "His experience as well as his performance in the intervening months proved he was the best of all of the candidates for the job."