|Johnny G. Lloyd Joins Leadership Team of THE TANK|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:16 pm EDT 07/27/20|
JOHNNY G. LLOYD
TO JOIN THE LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE OBIE AWARD-WINNING COMPANY IN THE NEWLY CREATED ROLE OF
DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT
(New York - July 27, 2020) The Tank announced today that Johnny G. Lloyd has joined the leadership team in the newly-created role of Director of Artistic Development. An established artist at The Tank, both through his role as curator and producer of The Tank's ongoing series We Read Books as well as the writer and producer of the recent co-production Or, An Astronaut Play in association with InVersion Theatre, Lloyd joins the team with a deep understanding of The Tank's mission and the artists they represent. He will begin the full-time position on Tuesday July 28, 2020.
"I'm so excited to be joining Meghan Finn, Danielle King and the rest of the Tank staff to continue to uplift artists and provide a home for new work," said Lloyd. "So much of my development as a writer and producer I can attribute to The Tank, and I'm excited to pay that forward. I am excited to be working with leaders who know what it's like to simultaneously be artists and administrators, and how the mixture of these two disciplines can create a fertile ground for new ideas, new collaborations and new art."
Artistic Director Meghan Finn and Managing Director Danielle King worked with Lloyd to develop the newly-created position, combining his expertise as a writer and a producer along with his interest and work in lifting up and championing other artists, to best fit the needs of The Tank's current roster of artists, as well as to expand their reach in order to better serve and welcome the emerging artist community into the organization.
"As The Tank continues to adapt in order to best serve our artists during this period of uncertainty, I couldn't be more thrilled to officially welcome Johnny G. Lloyd to the team," Finn said. "He brings with him expertise as a producer and artist, who understands what The Tank is to the communities we already serve, and what it could be to those we haven't yet gotten to know. There is a lot of work to be done, and we so value the opportunity to do it in partnership with him."
Board President and Co-Founder of The Tank Justin Krebs adds, "The Tank has always defied convention-and during this economic crisis, that's no exception. We're keeping our team employed, our performers and community engaged, and even strengthening and expanding our artistic leadership. Johnny is joining an exceptional team and bringing energy, insight and experience that meets this unique and complicated moment."
Lloydwill work directly with Finn and King to develop and produce work at The Tank, with an emphasis on uplifting and supporting underrepresented artists and ensuring equity of opportunity for artists of all ethnicities and gender identities, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community and disabled artists. This includes creating a new producing mentorship program and developing tools and resources for outreach and professional development for The Tank's artists.
Lloyd will also work with Finn to help shape the aesthetic and curatorial vision of The Tank, including helping to program shows across the Tank's six disciplines. Finn & Lloyd will work together to program and produce The Tank's in-house festivals, create new series and maintain currently running series. With King, Lloyd will work to improve and streamline current producing models and systems and may more closely lead and shepherd specific projects.
ABOUT THE TANK
Founded in 2003, The Tank is an Obie Award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts presenter and producer, which provides a home to emerging artists working across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling. Led by Artistic Director Meghan Finn, Managing Producer Danielle Monica Long King and Director of Artistic Development Johnny G. Lloyd, The Tank champions emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. In doing so the company removes the economic barriers from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. From the company's home with two theaters on 36th Street, The Tank serves over 2,500 artists every year, presents over 1,000 performances, and welcomes 36,000 audience members annually. The company fully produces a curated season of 13-18 theatrical World or New York premieres each season. During the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, The Tank has launched CyberTank, a virtual gathering space and programming platform for artists to share work. With weekly themed variety shows, ongoing series and evening-length shows made for the virtual frame, CyberTank has already presented the work of over 500 artists in over 150 performances to over 5,600 audience members across the country and the world.
Recent Tank-produced work includes The New York Times Critics' Picks OPEN by Crystal Skillman, directed by Jessi D. Hill (2019); Red Emma & The Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (2018); and The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman, directed by Meghan Finn (2016), as well as Drama Desk Award-nominated productions The Hunger Artist (2018), The Paper Hat Game (2017), the ephemera trilogy (2017), Ada/Ava (2016) and youarenowhere (2016).
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JOHNNY G. LLOYD is a New York-based writer, producer and dramaturg. Full length plays include Or, An Astronaut Play (The Tank), Patience (Corkscrew Theatre Festival) and In the Woods We Return (InVersion Theatre). Short plays include Round (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival), A Brief History of Stamps (The Tank) and It's A Ghost Story (Homebase Collective). His work has been seen and developed at JAG Productions (White River Junction, VT) 59E59, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, The Kelly's Writers House, TheatreLab (Boca Raton, FL) and more. Johnny was a member of the 2019-2020 Liberation Theatre Company's Writing Residency. Johnny was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Open-Application Commission at Clubbed Thumb and was the 2017-2018 Shubert Fellow for Playwriting at Columbia University. He is the producing director for InVersion Theatre and co-founder of the WE READ BOOKS series at The Tank. His work as a dramaturg and associate director has been seen at En Garde Arts, Abrons Arts Center and more. Member of SalonSéance. MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. jglloyd.com
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