Soho Rep has unveiled new faces joining its Board of Directors, including writer and commentator Roxane Gay, Global Head of Intelligent Automation at Spotify Sidney Madison Prescott, and artist Carmelita Tropicana.
“I'm excited to join the board of Soho Rep, because I believe in the theatre and theatre-makers they support,” says Gay in a statement. “Great art needs to be nurtured, and I am invested in supporting that nurturing in any way I can.”
“The mission of Soho Rep emboldens action inside and outside of the theatre, which is critical at this juncture,” adds Prescott. “The passion and foresight of the organization in support of artistic and cultural exploration is nothing short of astonishing. I am honored to add my insights to Soho Rep’s collective effort to instill a sense of curiosity and scrutiny about the world around us through artistic expression.”
Tropicana, a Member of the inaugural cohort of Soho Rep Project Number One, shares, “I was part of a play reading at Soho Rep in 1991, but my real connection to the theatre came when I saw Blasted, written by Sarah Kane and directed by Sarah Benson, in 2008. It took my breath away… As an artist who has served and serves on the executive boards of different arts organizations, I know the importance of a company that advocates for artists and produces compelling work. I find it an honor and a privilege to join the Board of Soho Rep, a theatre with an outstanding legacy, doing work that is innovative and vital to New York’s theatre landscape.”
“I’m thrilled that Roxane, Sidney, and Carmelita Tropicana are joining us,” says Fairview playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, a member of the Board and its nominating committee. “Obviously, Roxane is one of the foremost thinkers of our time, and, as such, I've been so moved not only by her joyful advocacy for art and artists, but also by her inclusion of theatre in larger cultural conversations. Sidney is an incredibly intelligent Black woman who has achieved so much success in a traditionally white male space, and Carmelita’s work has inspired an entire generation of performance and theatre artists. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the ways these three incredible humans and theatre lovers will help shape the future of our theatre. ”