Producing Artistic Director – Chad Rabinovitz
Chad Rabinovitz is the only artist in the United States simultaneously serving as the Producing Artistic Director of two theaters devoted to new works: Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY) & Bloomington Playwrights Project (Bloomington, IN). In addition to producing new works, Chad has directed more than 100 productions across the country, focusing primarily on new and contemporary plays and musicals. He is also the Producer of the Adirondack Film Festival as well a visual arts festival, Arts Fair on the Square.
At the Adirondack Theatre Festival – the leading professional theatre in the Capital Region devoted to new and contemporary works, Chad has grown attendance from 5,700 to over 9,000 in just 2 seasons, nearly doubled subscribership, broke numerous box office records, introduced innovative children’s programming, and produced multiple best-selling shows in ATF’s history.
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 expanded 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. The BPP reached a new milestone having recently purchased its building. It has also sold out every single performance of every production for 2 straight years.
Specializing in developing new works, Rabinovitz has fostered and directed premieres from such prominent playwrights as: Alex Brightman, Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Craig Wright, Greg Kotis, Paris Barclay, Drew Gasparini, Michelle Kholos Brooks, Kelly Younger, Jon Marans, Israel Horovitz, Jeremy Schonfeld, Wendy MacLeod, Michael Healey, Nicole Parker, Chris Jeffries, Henry Murray, Carner & Gregor, Scott Alan, 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 plays Rabinovitz has developed have gone on to productions off-Broadway, at major regional theaters, and to publication in the U.S. and Canada. For his 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.” He was named one of the 100 Reasons to Love Bloomington and was honored with Bloomington’s 10 Under 40 award as well as Glens Falls’ 20 Under 40 award in the same month.
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 – Jess Reed
Jess joined the ATF staff as Managing Director in December 2017. She moved from Bloomington, Indiana where she worked as the Managing Director of Bloomington Playwrights Project for six years, the only professional theatre in Indiana dedicated to solely new works.
Jess holds an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a BA in Art History from Indiana University’s School of Fine Arts. She has several years of Nonprofit Arts Management experience. She served as the Director of Administration for Middle Coast Film Festival, as well as the Event Director of Adirondack Film Festival. She also served on the Board of Directors of several Bloomington-based organizations, including the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Downtown Bloomington, Inc. and Humanetrix, Inc. In 2011, she was named one of the 10 Under 40 by the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.
2018 Seasonal Production and Administrative Staff
Technical Director: Marcus Kearns
Production Manager: Erika Johnson
Master Electrician: Jameson Gresens
Scenic Artist: Miranda Friel
Sound Designer/Supervisor: Jon Fredette
Wardrobe Supervisor: Shannon O’Donnell
Props Master: Wynn Allen
Master Carpenter: Sean Blue
Company Manager: Tabitha Burton
Casting Director: Stephanie Klapper, Klapper Casting, NYC