We are thrilled to announce that Annie Paladino has joined Akropolis Performance Lab’s leadership team in the newly created role of Associate Artistic Director.
APL met Annie when she showed up for our first Performers Lab on August 18, 2013. She remained a steady participant throughout the three-months of open training sessions and we quickly recognized her affinity for our process. We were delighted when she agreed to assistant direct Uncle Vanya (2014). In the sixteen months since work began on Vanya, Annie has consistently demonstrated commitment and vision aligning with our best hopes for the work of this Company. And since becoming an Artistic Associate last May, she has established herself as a trusted advisor to Co-Artistic Directors Zhenya and Joseph Lavy and as a passionate advocate for Akropolis in the Seattle community and beyond.
During the past eighteen months, as APL has moved into a period of unprecedented activity for the Ensemble, Annie has been among the few key people whose role behind the scenes of this growth has been critical.
As Associate Artistic Director, Annie will continue to partner with the Artistic Directors on organizational leadership, strategic planning, and outreach. She also will expand her artistic voice within the Company, taking on directorial responsibilities for select projects.
Joseph and Zhenya write, “Although inviting another person into APL’s artistic leadership was never previously part of our plan, Annie has earned our deep trust as a steward of Akropolis Performance Lab’s artistic aesthetic and vision. We feel incredibly fortunate both for this professional partnership and for Annie’s friendship.”
Please join Akropolis in enthusiastically welcoming Annie as Associate Artistic Director!