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Karen Azenberg: From Freelance to Artistic Leadership

Date: May 27, 2014


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On May 20, 2013, SDCF Producing Director Ellen Rusconi moderated a conversation with SDCF Executive Board President and Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company, director/choreographer Karen Azenberg, as part of SDCF’s annual Emerging Artist Symposium on Musicals. Throughout the discussion, she provides insights into the skills and decisions that led to her successful freelance career, as well how that experience prepared her to transition into her new leadership role. Other topics include the differences between working on plays and musicals; the intricacies of working within a LORT environment; what she looks for when hiring directors and assistants; the importance of knowing your audience; and ways to curate a season that fulfills both artistic and financial goals.