(Ryan Maxwell, handout photo )
Last year, the Strand Theater Company, "dedicated to providing opportunities for women actors, designers, directors, and writers," scored quite a coup with the appointment of noted writer and performer Rain Pryor as artistic director in time for its fifth season.
Unfortunately for the company, Pryor's own career took off anew during the season, with a popular run of her one-woman show in New York, and she decided it was best to step down from the Strand post.
Pryor will be succeeded by Elissa Goetschius, a director and dramaturg who has worked in the area with Glass Mind Theatre, EMP Collective and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The new artistic director will be introduced to the public during a free reception at 6 p.m. Friday as Artscape unfolds in the vicinity.
In a press release issued Tuesday morning, Goetschius (pronounced geh-chus) said:
"I can't think of a more exciting -- or more important --time to join the leadership team at the Strand ... I'm thrilled to be working with a company so strongly dedicated to female artists ... It's exhilarating to be able to take up this mission, and endlessly inspiring to do so with neighbors like Single Carrot, Stillpointe Theatre Initiative, the BROS, and the myriad other organizations that are bursting with creative energy in Baltimore's thriving theater scene."