Ian Gallanar ’87, founding artistic director of the Chesapeake
Shakespeare Company, has been elected vice president and president-elect of the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
Gallanar will serve for two years with the international association’s incoming president, Melissa Nicholson. He will become president when her term ends in 2019. Nicholson is the director of the Gamut Theatre group in Harrisburg.
Gallanar’s career as a professional artistic director spans more than 25 years. He founded the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in 2002. Previously, he has served as artistic director for the National Theatre for Children, Minnesota Shakespeare in the Park,
and the Repertory Theater of America. He is a member of the prestigious National Theatre Conference and a 2014 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.
“It’s truly an honor to be able to give back to an organization that has given so much to our theatre company through the years,” Gallanar said.
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is the host of the association’s annual conference, where the election took place. Theater leaders have been discussing artistic and management challenges and practices. Hot topics this year include the globalization
of art, the diversification of audiences, and the evolving role of 21st century technologies in preserving and conveying the cultural significance and rich language of William Shakespeare’s 400-year-old plays.
The Shakespeare Theatre Association is composed of the artistic directors, managing directors, and education directors of more than 120 theater festivals and companies. Member companies include Shakespeare’s Globe (England); Folger Theatre (Washington,
DC); American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA); and Stratford Festival (Canada), to name a few.