Tickets: 651.291.7005

Artistic Director Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Park Square Theatre (directions)
Proscenium Stage and Lobby
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Explore the past and future of Park Square Theatre in an open Town Hall Meeting.

Park Square Theatre is proud to present a Town Hall Meeting with our outgoing and incoming Artistic Directors as we transition from the guidance of Richard Cook to Flordelino Lagundino.

Free and open to theatre artists, Park Square audiences and supporters, advisory board members, and the public, the evening will be an open forum to ask Richard and Flordelino any questions you have about their histories and backgrounds, the transition, and what they envision for the future!

There will be a cash bar with Happy Hour pricing available.

This event is free and open to the public, however, reservations are appreciated.

Questions? 

Please contact Rachel Wandrei at 651.767.8485, wandrei@parksquaretheatre.org

Richard Cook, Park Square Theatre artistic director

Richard Cook is Park Square Theatre’s current Artistic Director who will be officially retiring on September 1st of this year, also his 70th birthday.

Park Square Theatre was founded by Paul Mathey in 1972 first as Variety Hall in the Park Square Court Building in St. Paul’s Lowertown.

Cook came to Park Square in its first year as the designer for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which was being directed by his husband, Steven Kent Lockwood (who retired in 2012 after 32 years as Park Square’s first executive director). Cook and Lockwood worked on every Park Square season for a few years until Mathey decided to retire for health reasons. Cook offered to shadow him as assistant artistic director and took over in 1980. The theater was renamed Park Square in 1975.

During his theater career, Cook has conceived, designed (and often helped build) five unique theater spaces in St. Paul from that first 88-seat walk-up to the Andy Boss Thrust Stage, which opened in 2014. Park Square moved into its current home in the the Historic Hamm Building in 1993.

Head and shoulders photo of Lagundino Flordelino, outdoors, wearing grey jacket, white shirt, and black necktie

Flordelino Lagundino is a NYC-based director, actor, and producer and currently the SDC Foundation Sir John Gielgud Classical Directing Fellow working at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. He worked in Minneapolis last year at The Guthrie, where he assistant directed Blithe Spirit in 2017 and at Mixed Blood Theatre, where his performance in Vietgone won an Ivey Award as part of “Best Ensemble.” Lagundino is the artistic director of Generator Theater Company based in Juneau, Alaska and has served as the AD for Leviathan Lab in New York City, a creative studio whose mission is the advancement of Asian and Asian American (A/AA) performing artists and their work. He has also served as associate producer at La Jolla Playhouse, and was the founding producer of Romp of Otters (the graduate theater company at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company).

In addition to being a recent Drama League New York Directing Fellow, Lagundino has been the recipient of directing fellowships at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, and The Kennedy Center. He has taught at Brown University, The University of Texas at Austin, The New School, and University of Alaska-Southeast.

He has also directed with International Theatre and Literacy Project at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, and has developed new work with Syracuse Stage, New Dramatists, The Lark, Pan Asian Rep, Perseverance Theatre, Arena Stage, Generator Theater, Leviathan Lab, and Brown University.

He is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company MFA directing program, and of The University of Texas at Austin where he received an MFA in acting. flordelinolagundino.com

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