Center Stage names its acting artistic director


IRENE LEWIS, who has worked as a free-lance director fo Center Stage for some 10 years, has been named acting artistic director for the coming season, 1991-1992. She will replace Stan Wojewodski Jr., who leaves Center Stage in July to become dean of the Yale School of Drama and artistic director of the Yale Repertory Theater.

Lewis, who lives in New York, is 48. She will take an apartment in Baltimore but will commute to New York.

Lewis is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Hofstra University. She served as associate artist at Center Stage from 1983 to 1988, and prior to that was the artistic director of the Philadelphia Drama Guild.

Before that, she was the associate director of the Hartford Stage Company for eight years. Lewis has also worked abroad, at the National Theater of Macedonia in Skokpje, Yugoslavia. She has also done free-lance television and has served as guest faculty member and director at a number of universities.

Lewis did her first directing at Center Stage for "Watch on the Rhine" 11 years ago. Her most recent production as a director was "Miss Evers' Boys." It was presented in November of 1989. She also directed "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" for December Her next Center Stage production as a director will be "Twelfth Night," which will be presented April 5 to May 12.

Center Stage managing director Peter Culman said that he and the others at Center Stage feel they are "extraordinarily fortunate to have Ms. Lewis act as the interim artistic director. In the last 11 years, she has directed nine productions for us. She is already helping with next season."

As acting artistic director for the organization, Lewis will select the plays that will be done at Center Stage. During his tenure with the group, it was Wojewodski who did the selecting.

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