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Susan V. Booth has been tapped as the new artistic director of the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Booth, who currently serves as the director of New Play Development at the Chicago's Goodman Theatre, will succeed Kenny Leon as the artistic leader of the largest regional theatre company in the Southeast.

Booth comes to the Alliance with an impressive roster of credits. Since 1993, when she joined the Goodman Theatre, she has developed many successful theatre projects, including Rebecca Gilman's "Spinning into Butter" and Regina Taylor's "Oo Bla Dee," which she also directed at the Goodman and at La Jolla Playhouse.

During her tenure at the Goodman, Booth has also served as co-artistic director for Theatre on the Lake in Chicago and as director of the New Plays Lab for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. She holds teaching positions at Northwestern University and Chicago Dramatists Workshop, and has taught at DePaul University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College.

Among her directing credits across the country: "Shadowlands," "How I Learned to Drive," and currently "Spinning into Butter." Her production of "Quake" is currently running in the 2001 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. In addition to helming works at the Goodman and Alliance, she has directed pieces in Texas at Northlight Theatre and at the Connecticut Repertory.

Booth is committed to the development of new works for the American theatre, in the form of playwright commissions and workshops that lead to full productions. Her goals for the Alliance include enhanced partnerships with commercial producers looking for regional birthplaces for new works.

She explains her goal is to work with "those who now understand that the regional theatres are not simply after-the-fact booking houses, but critical partners in the creation of new works for the stage."

She also supports an expansion of the Alliance's family theatre programming, building on the long tradition of the Alliance Children's Theatre, and bringing more audiences into the Alliance.

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