Producing Artistic Director – Chad Rabinovitz
Chad Rabinovitz has directed and produced more than 100 productions across the country, focusing primarily on new and contemporary works. The 2015 season marks his first at ATF after taking the helm for Mark Fleischer. In addition to his Producing Artistic Director position at Adirondack Theatre Festival, Chad holds the title of Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project – the only professional theatre in Indiana dedicated to new plays. At BPP, Rabinovitz has directed numerous notable productions, including SPUN, The Banana Tree, Cadillac, Bomb|Shell, Miles Away, Kissing Frogs, The Boy in the Bathroom, The Truman Show Musical (co-directed with Kent Nicholson), and Maggie Cassidy (the first show ever about Jack Kerouac with the support of his estate) among others. Specializing in developing new works, Rabinovitz has fostered and directed premieres from such prominent playwrights as: Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Craig Wright, Greg Kotis, Paris Barclay, Jon Marans, Israel Horovitz, Jeremy Schonfeld, Wendy MacLeod, Michael Healey, Nicole Parker, Chris Jeffries, Henry Murray, Carner & Gregor, and William Missouri Downs. Rabinovitz is also known for working closely with magicians to direct and develop their acts, working most prominently with “Washington D.C.’s 2013 Best Performing Artist,” Max Major.
The Fairfield Weekly called his production of The Pavilion at Westport Country Playhouse “an undeniable success…unparalleled by any offering I have ever seen at the Playhouse.” Rabinovitz’s directing ability has been recognized by the New York Times and his work has been commended in reviews throughout the U.S. as “intelligent and accomplished” (Citizen News), “incredibly moving and gripping” (Mountain Messenger), “absolutely brilliant” (Bloom), “skillful” (Crested Butte News), “crisp and professional” (CB Weekly), and “high quality theatre” (Herald Times.)
As Producing Artistic Director, under Rabinovitz’s tenure, the Bloomington Playwrights Project has undergone what Bloom Magazine calls “a near miraculous renaissance.” Taking the helm of a theatre nearing six-figures in debt, in just four years Rabinovitz quintupled its subscribership, erased all debt, vastly expand its education program, completed a full-building renovation, doubled the operating budget, increased its community partnerships, greatened the company’s national renown, and sold more tickets in a single season than in its 30+ year history. He also established the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, named for Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward and supported by the Newman’s Own Foundation, which receives approximately 500 global submissions each year. The plays Rabinovitz has developed have gone on to productions at major regional theaters and to publication in the U.S. and Canada. For these achievements, Rabinovitz was the recipient of Bloomington’s Manager of the Year Award, the Downtown Revitalization Award, Bloomington’s Attraction of the Year Award, Ivy Tech’s Community Partner Award, and was honored with being on the cover of Bloom Magazine where he’s referred to as “a visionary artistic director, savvy businessman, and inspirational leader.”
Rabinovitz has also been an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Management at Indiana University and a member of the Indiana University Theatre Circle’s Board of Directors. He has been a script reader for the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center and The Playwrights’ Center and has held the title of Artistic Director at Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, Artistic Associate at Westport Country Playhouse, Assistant Managing Director at Northern Lights Playhouse, and Education Director/Artistic Associate at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.
Managing Director – Heather Carroll
Heather joined the staff of ATF as Managing Director in the fall of 2014. Prior to relocating to the Glens Falls area, Heather served as the Communications and Events Manager for the Cattaraugus County Arts Council in Western New York State. During her tenure at the arts council, Heather coordinated communications and special events, managed professional development services for artists, and oversaw the prestigious Southern Tier Biennial, a regional, contemporary art exhibition. A native of New York State’s Hudson Valley region, Heather received a BA in Art History from Bard College in 2005 and spent several years working in the cultural tourism field, leading art and architectural history tours at New York City’s Rockefeller Center and acting as the Office Manager for Hudson River Heritage, a historic preservation non-profit in Rhinebeck, NY. She also spent 3 1/2 years in Western Massachusetts working within the Visual Resources Center at Williams College.
2015 Seasonal Production and Administrative Staff
Technical Director: David Pierce
Literary Manager: Hank Greene
Properties Master/Scenic Artist: Shane Cinal
Sound Designer/Supervisor: Scott O’Brien
Master Carpenter: Wynne Dawson
Company Manager: Ashley Wright
Casting Director: Stephanie Klapper, Klapper Casting, NYC