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Hood Named President of National Theatre Conference

Posted on 12/15/2016 4:22:32 AM

George Takei and Michael HoodMichael Hood, dean of the College of Fine Arts, veteran theater artist, and educator, was recently elected president of the National Theatre Conference for a two-year term. The NTC is an organization founded in 1925 that is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and advocating for the America’s theaters.

The purpose of the National Theatre Conference is as follows:

  • to explore the means of best serving the interests of the American theater and to initiate, encourage, and support projects of value and significance with a view to strengthening and broadening the influence of theater in our country;
  • to bring the membership together at least once a year in a spirit of mutual helpfulness for the interchange of aims and ideals, and for the discussion of common problems and interests; and
  • to provide, at its annual meeting, opportunities for the membership to hear the views of outstanding personalities in the theater and  observe demonstrations of various techniques in order that the membership may profit thereby.

Membership is limited to no more than 150 of the most influential leaders in commercial, non-commercial, and educational theater.

At its annual awards luncheon on December 3, 2016, at the Players in New York City, the NTC named Star Trek’s George Takei Person of the Year (pictured here with Hood). This honor was based upon his long and successful career and most recently for his central role in bringing a new musical, Allegiance, to the Broadway stage. The production is based, in part, on the detention of his family along with thousands of other American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II.

Pennsylvania’s well-respected Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble was named Theatre of the Year, and the Barrie Stavis Playwriting Award was given to Mia Chung for her new play, You for Me for You.

Hood has been a member of NTC since his induction in 2002. He has previously served as a member of the organization’s board of trustees, as secretary and, most recently, as vice president. Hood has also served as a member of the board of directors of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans; and, while working in Alaska, served as vice president and then president of the Northwest Drama Conference. He currently serves on the board of the Bottleworks: Arts on 3rd Avenue, in Johnstown. In 2015 he was inducted for life into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.