Martha Lavey, artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, has been appointed president of the board of directors of the Theatre Communications Group, the nation's preeminent organization for nonprofit theater in the U.S. Joining Lavey on the board's leadership team are Yale Repertory Theatre artistic director James Bundy and designer Dawn Chiang as co-vice presidents; Oregon Shakespeare Festival executive director Paul Nicholson as treasurer; Olga Sanchez, artistic director of the Miracle Theatre Group in Portland, as secretary; and Rosalba Roloìn, artistic director of the Pregones Theater in the Bronx, New York, as International Theatre Institute president.
Other TCG board members with Chicago connections include Goodman Theatre executive director Roche Schulfer, Lookingglass Theatre Company executive director Rachel Kraft, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company trustee Doug Brown, as well as former Chicago director Susan V. Booth, now artistic director of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company.
"Theatre Communications Group's mission is to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional, not-for-profit American theatre," according to a press release. "Its membership includes nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations, and over 14,000 individuals nationwide. Founded in 1961, TCG offers industry-leading initiatives in artistic and management programs, as well as international exchange and advocacy. Its many publications offer a national resource for reference, opinion and debate on theatre and the performing arts today."