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May 31, 2011

Single Carrot Theatre names new artistic director

Nathan Cooper has been named artistic director of Single Carrot Theatre, the ensemble company that has been shaking up Baltimore's arts scene since 2007.

Cooper has acted in several Single Carrot productions since 2008, including "Killer Joe," "The Wild Duck," "Playing Dead" and "The Other Shore." His edgy performance in the doomsday satire "Tragedy" last season was particularly effective.

He's in the cast of "Linus & Alora," which opens next week, wrapping up Single Carrot's fourth season, and he will direct a production of "MilkMilkLemonade" next season for the company.

Cooper has also served as director of finance for the company. He succeeds founding artistic director J. Buck Jabaily, who left the organization last year take the helm of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

"My focus first and foremost is the ensemble," Cooper said in a statement released Tuesday, "but I want to ensure that we collaborate with the greater theater community to develop artistry on a larger scale in Baltimore ... I’m excited to further these relationships, and recognize that collaboration is at the heart of continued sustainability."

Jabaily said he felt it was important "for the next artistic leader of Single Carrot to ...

come from within the ensemble, and to be both simultaneously artistically fearless, and personally generous. Nathan Cooper is exactly that, and I'm excited to mentor him in his new role over the next twelve months."

Single Carrot Theatre's fifth season will open in September with "Church," an examination of faith by Young Jean Lee. Also due for 2011-12: Joshua Conkel's dark comedy, "MilkMilkLemonade," about an 11 year-old having "a crisis of sexual identity"; "Hotel Cassiopeia," by Charles Mee, inspired by the intriguing boxes made by artist Joseph Cornell from found objects; and a work freshly created by the Single Carrot ensemble.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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