Today, we are thrilled to announce that Mimi O’Donnell, who for the last four years has served with Stephen Adly Guirgis and Yul Vazquez as a Co-Artistic Director of the Company, will take on the role full-time as sole Artistic Director beginning in our 2013-14 Season.
It’s an exciting step both for Mimi and for the Company that reflects the sustained growth we’ve experienced over the last few years. From finding a home of our own at the Bank Street Theater to making our Broadway debut, we’ve arrived at an important, pivotal time in our history, and the transition to a single Artistic Director, whose work as a Director and Costume Designer has been seen by Labyrinth audiences for almost fifteen years, allows us to concentrate our institutional vision on expanding our programming while continuing to produce the kind of original, no-holds-barred theater that audiences have come to expect from the Company.
“Labyrinth has been, and always will be, a vital source for New York City audiences to engage with diverse new plays,” Mimi said when we asked her about the new position, “and I look forward to carrying on that important tradition in the years to come.”
As a Co-Artistic Director, Mimi directed our World Premiere production of Thinner Than Water, curated the annual Barn Series of new plays in development, and was nominated for a Tony Award as a producer of The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Her acclaimed career as a Costume Designer includes a number of Labyrinth productions, including The Motherf**ker With The Hat, Jack Goes Boating, The Little Flower of East Orange, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and the Off-Broadway, West End, and Donmar Warehouse productions of Jesus Hopped The A Train.
“I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to lead Labyrinth alongside Stephen and Yul,” Mimi said recently, “they are two incredibly inspiring and talented artists, both of whom have given so much of their heart and soul to the Company for far longer than the four years we served together. Personally, I’m honored to be able to expand upon the work we’ve done and am very excited to get to work guiding our extraordinary ensemble and vibrant institution into a bright future.”
We are, too, Mimi. We are, too.