Over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance and music featuring local and world-renowned talent are on tap for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ 2016/17 season. The Wallis’ new Artistic Director Paul Crewes, joined by Managing Director Rachel Fine and Board Chairman David C. Bohnett, announced details of the company’s robust fourth season at a press conference today held at The Wallis.
“In this, my first season as Artistic Director, I was keen to continue to present and produce work by world-class artists and companies, hailing not only from the U.S. and abroad, but also from the enormous pool of talent right here in Los Angeles,” said Crewes. “It is this vital blend of diverse performance and artistry that is building The Wallis’ fast-growing reputation, both nationally and internationally, as a center for creativity and excellence. We in the arts strive to entertain, educate and inspire communities and individuals to live, work and create together. Something that is particularly relevant and important at this time in America.”
The Wallis season will kick off with WelcomeFest, a weekend celebration of free theater, dance and music events on Saturday, Sept 10 and Sunday, Sept 11. Designed to enliven all corners of The Wallis’s unique performing arts campus, the festival brings exciting, diverse programming to the 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater, the intimate 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, GRoW @ The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education, the outdoor Promenade Terrace, the elegant Jamie Tisch Sculpture Garden and the Jim and Eleanor Randall Grand Hall of the U.S landmarked Beverly Hills Post Office. Detailed WelcomeFest programming to be announced this summer.
Michael Arden, who recently received Tony, Drama Desk and New York Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Direction of Spring Awakening—the breakout hit co-produced by The Wallis— will be the institution’s first ever Artist-in-Residence. Arden will develop new work, conduct a Master Class and direct two new productions: including Steven Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride.
“The Wallis is quickly becoming a vibrant cultural hub and resource, providing eclectic arts programming and a broad range of education programs to our community,” said Managing Director Rachel Fine. “We are extremely grateful to our loyal Board of Directors, who under David Bohnett’s visionary leadership, provide an invaluable service to our institution, and to the City of Beverly Hills, whose unwavering support has been instrumental to the growth of The Wallis.”
“This season features something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned classical music and theater lover or new to the live performance experience,” said The Wallis’ Board Chairman David. C. Bohnett. “Paul, Rachel and The Wallis’ team have curated a truly impressive lineup of programming for the upcoming season, one that truly reflects the diversity of Los Angeles, and we look forward to welcoming new audiences and old friends back to The Wallis.”