In the Media
December 13, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JENNY WILEY THEATRE HIRES NEW PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
The Jenny Wiley Theatre and its Board of Directors today announced Broadway veteran,
director, producer, and educator, Robin Irwin, will be the theatre's new Producing Artistic
Director. This appointment follows a nationwide search and brings an artistic leader with
outstanding credentials, reach, and impact.
Robin Irwin will lead The Jenny Wiley Theater, taking on the position full time this January.
Until then, she will be wrapping up prior projects and commitments including producing the
New Jersey State Theater Awards.
Ms. Irwin brings an impressive and diverse background that includes acting, directing, producing,
and teaching. As an actress she was an original cast member on Broadway in TITANIC which
received five Tony Awards including Best Musical. She has also performed nationally and regionally
as Saraghina in NINE, Jan in GREASE!, Aldonza in MAN OF LA MANCHA, The Beggar Woman in SWEENEY TODD, and in the original Broadway cast of the “ill-fated” DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES. On television, Ms. Irwin has appeared in SEX AND THE CITY, THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW, THE MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, and others.
Ms. Irwin is an award winning director of such productions as THE CRUCIBLE, A FEW GOOD MEN, LEND ME A TENOR, LES MISERABLES, URINETOWN, RENT, IS HE DEAD?, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, WEST SIDE STORY, and ALMOST, MAINE.
In addition to her acting and directing credits, Ms. Irwin has been a professor and producing director at NYU Tisch School of The Arts, Montclair State University, The New York Film Academy, and The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. As the Director of Education and Community Outreach at Luna Stage, Ms. Irwin revolutionized their programming for children and young adults as well as creating brand new arts opportunities for Seniors in the community.
"Among the pool of impressive and diverse candidates, Robin immediately stood out," said Phillip Hunt, incoming President of the Board of Directors of Jenny Wiley Theater. "Robin’s outstanding work on Broadway and around the country and her original programming concepts will propel Jenny Wiley Theater into our next chapter of growth. She brings an exceptional background in acting, directing, teaching, and producing to our community and will bring a new level of live theatre to Eastern Kentucky. We are excited to welcome her to East Kentucky and the entire tri-state region for the theatre leadership she brings" he continued.
When asked what led to her accepting the position at Jenny Wiley Theater she stated "I was attracted to the energy of the people, the excitement surrounding downtown Pikeville and Prestonsburg, and the potential of the facilities which offer unique possibilities for productions of all kinds. The goal is to honor the rich heritage of Jenny Wiley Theater and build upon it to create a unique cultural destination in the rapidly growing Appalachian region. With the exceptional support of the Cities of Pikeville and Prestonsburg, I look forward to cultivating new artists in the Southeastern region by giving them the opportunity to work side by side with established professionals from Broadway and around the country. We will also aggressively expand arts education opportunities for children, teens, and seniors; to encourage all citizens in the entire tri-state region be stakeholders in the collaborative experience. I believe that Jenny Wiley Theater will be a vital component to the continued growth and excitement building in Pikeville and Prestonsburg and beyond.”