Dr. Edmund B. Lingan, assistant professor of theatre, has been selected artistic director for the Glacity Theatre Collective.The company dramaturg succeeds Cornel Gabara, associate professor of theatre, who stepped down after serving as artistic director for the Glacity Theatre Collective for six years.
Gabara will continue to work as a core creative member of the group and said his decision to step down will allow more time for directing and acting in productions.
Lingan has a broad background in professional theater. Before moving to Toledo in 2007, he worked for 15 years in New York City, where he was a director, actor, playwright, theater program director, script selector and research dramaturg.
After receiving a doctorate in theater studies, Lingan moved to Toledo, where he took a job as assistant professor in the UT Department of Theatre and Film.
Lingan talked about his new role within the company: “I will work toward promoting an even wider range of projects and programs that are currently being developed. The first of these is our upcoming production of ‘Circle Mirror Transformation,’ which will be directed by Holly Monsos [associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts] in January.
“Later in the year, we are planning to revive our production of ‘Hunting Cockroaches,’ which opened last summer,” he said.
Lingan is determined to diversify the Glacity Theatre Collective’s artistic portfolio: “[We can do this] by nurturing a broader collaborative network and developing a wide range of programs created at different levels of production. I am thinking of everything from full productions to staged readings to open-mic-style variety performance events.”
He also is interested in pursuing community outreach opportunities in the Toledo area.