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Blackfriars Theatre appoints new artistic director


Blackfriars Theatre has named Danny Hoskins as the organization's new Artistic and Managing Director, effective July 1, 2015, the theater announced today. Hoskins will take over for current director John Haldoupis after he retires following the 2014-15 season. Haldoupis has been with Blackfriars for 35 years.

"It is with great pride and relief to have my good friend Danny Hoskins follow in my footsteps to guide an organization I dearly love and respect into its new and exciting chapter," Haldoupis said. "A wonderful and innovative director and actor, he will bring a fresh new perspective, and I am confident he is the best choice."

Hoskins will operate as Associate Artistic Director for the 2014-15 season. Since his return to Rochester in 2007, Hoskins has been an actor and director with Blackfriars, as well as serving on the theatre's board. Hoskins directed the Blackfriars productions of "Take Me Out," "Misery," "Crimes of the Heart," and "The Pillowman." Hoskins holds an M.F.A. from the University of South Carolina and is an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at the University of Rochester, SUNY Brockport, and Nazareth College.

"I have a very personal investment and connection to Blackfriars Theatre," Hoskins said. "When I returned to Rochester 8 years ago, Jack [Haldoupis] gave me my first opportunity and he believed in me and championed my work in a healthy, supportive, and artistically vibrant environment. I've seen numerous artists thrive and grow in the passionate and rich world Blackfriars has come to be known for, and I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity to further Blackfriars' status as a distinguished, vital and admired organization."

To learn more about John Haldoupis, check out our profile on the director here.