The super storm that devastated the East Coast last month didn't halt the elections to the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society's national board.
Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in New York and New Jersey on Oct. 29, caused billions of dollars in damage and claimed some 100 lives. It was also a major disruption to the theater community, shutting down Broadway shows and delaying casting calls for actors.
Despite the storm, there were a "record" number of ballots returned in the elections for the national board of the SDC, a union representing professional stage directors and choreographers.
Karen Azenberg, who was reelected as SDC president, said she was "amazed by the participation and unity of SDC's Membership."
"Despite the aftermath from Hurricane Sandy a record number of ballots were returned and our Tellers Committee Members made it in to count them, demonstrating the resiliency and dedication of our membership," Azenberg said in a statement. "I am proud to serve as president of such a committed group of artists."
The elections returned Azenberg, Joe Calarco, Michael John Garcés, Wendy C. Goldberg, Lonny Price, and Oz Scott to the board, while adding members Christopher Ashley, Christopher Gattelli, Liza Gennaro, Dan Knechtges, and Bartlett Sher, the SDC announced. Linda Hartzell was also reelected as the Northwest Regional Representative.
Meanwhile, at its October meeting, the executive board unanimously elected Doug Hughes as executive vice president and Ethan McSweeny as treasurer. Both will serve three-year terms.
While the elections were able to go ahead, the storm did disrupt the SDC's annual meeting, which had been scheduled for Nov. 5. That meeting is now set for Dec. 10.