Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced that Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson will join the Manhattan Theater Club as Artistic Advisor. Santiago-Hudson will work closely with Lynne Meadow and the MTC artistic staff on planning and programming.
Artistic Director Lynne Meadow said: “I have known Ruben since the 1980s and have long admired this multi-talented artist. Working with him on Jitney was one of the happiest and most important collaborations I’ve ever had. MTC won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and toured five cities nationwide. He inspired his company, his designers and everyone at MTC who worked with him. I am delighted that he is now playing a major role. role for us as an artistic advisor. Barry and I, along with the rest of the artistic team and staff, look forward to collaborating with him, receiving guidance, advice and wisdom as together we continue our work to make MTC a place more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution”.
Santiago-Hudson said: “I struggled for over a decade to give August Wilson’s Jitney its Broadway birth. In 2017, Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove stepped up to provide that platform for the Manhattan Theater Club. “Now Lynne and Barry have asked me to join the MTC family as their Artistic Advisor. I take this opportunity and look forward to working with them to chart a course for the future. At this critical time in our history, theater should be a turning point, a bridge to our common humanity. MTC is committed to ensuring that every voice is heard and every story has value. I share this commitment, this unifying vision, and I look forward to looking forward to a creative and productive collaboration.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson recently adapted August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Netflix, produced by Denzel Washington, which will be released this fall. He directed the Broadway production of August Wilson’s Jitney, which won several awards for Outstanding Revival, including the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, as well as six Tony nominations. .
Ruben’s other accomplishments include The Piano Lesson, Skeleton Crew, Othello, Gem of The Ocean, Paradise Blue, My Children! My Africa!, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Cabin in the Sky, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Two Trains Running, Things of Dry Hours, The First Breeze Of Summer and Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, among many others.
Mr. Santiago-Hudson received a Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance in Seven Guitars by August Wilson. He made his acting debut on Broadway alongside Gregory Hines in Jelly’s Last Jam. Other Broadway credits include Stick Fly and Gem of The Ocean. The multi-award-winning director/writer/actor wrote, produced, and co-starred in the HBO film Lackawanna Blues, based on his Obie and Helen Hayes award-winning play. The film received several accolades, including Emmy, Golden Globe, NAACP Image, Humanitas, National Board of Review, Black Filmmaker Foundation, and Christopher Awards. In a career that spans more than four decades, Ruben considers the opening of the Ruben Santiago-Hudson Fine Arts Learning Center in 2014 in his hometown of Lackawanna, NY one of his proudest accomplishments. and the most expensive.