Cyrano’s Theatre Company has announced the selection of Teresa K. Pond as its new Producing Artistic Director. Pond will assume full-time duties of the 24-year-old organization beginning on January 1, 2016.
“We are immensely pleased to make this announcement,” said Board President Dave Marquez. “This is a significant accomplishment for CTC and an exciting, historic event for Anchorage’s theatre arts community.”
Pond succeeds Sandy Harper, who has been with the company since its founding in 1992. Harper will remain with CTC in an advisory role through 2016.
“Teresa has been chosen to lead Cyrano's into the next stage of becoming a sustainable theatre beyond its founders,” said Harper. “I am proud to pass the torch to an experienced, passionate theatre artist who has the skills and experience not only to honor Cyrano’s established values and reputation, but ultimately to make her own mark.”
Holding a BFA in Communications from Chapman University and an MFA in Directing from University of California Irvine’s prestigious Claire Trevor School of Arts, Pond brings significant experience to the position including work with New York Classical Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and the NY Fringe Festival. She also previously served as the Executive Director of Anchorage Community Theatre.
“It is such an honor and a pleasure to return permanently to Anchorage with the opportunity to shepherd Cyrano's Theatre Company into its next era,” Pond said. “Thanks to the amazing Sandy Harper - our founder, a treasured theatre colleague, and most importantly to me, a dear long-time friend.”
Cyrano’s Theatre Company (originally known as Eccentric Theatre Company) was founded in 1992 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1997. It operates out of Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse at the corner of 4th Avenue and D Street, where it currently produces approximately ten plays each year.
Born and raised in the Anchorage theater scene (her first show was at Grant Hall Theatre at 10 weeks old), Teresa has performed, directed and produced theatre of all styles and sensibilities in Anchorage throughout her career. After her BFA in Communications at Chapman University, she served as Executive Director of Anchorage Community Theatre for several years in the 1990's. After receiving her MFA in Directing from UC-Irvine's prestigious program, she moved to New York City where she has directed professionally Off-Broadway, across the country regionally and internationally. She's worked with companies such as Women's Project Theatre (Off-Broadway), New York Classical Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, NewShow theatre development, NY Fringe Festival, and numerous theaters regionally. Recently she served as Producing Artistic Director of a professional summer theatre in Pennsylvania (Millbrook Playhouse). She has served on arts councils, development groups and other committee associations; locally in Anchorage she has collaborated on and off stage with organizations such as Perseverance Theatre, ACT, ATY, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Dance Theatre, UAA Department of Theatre, Out North Theatre, and worked with several nonprofit and charitable groups in a variety of roles.