Women's Project and Productions (WPP) has just tapped Jean Ann Crum to serve as managing director of the Off-Broadway theatre company. Crum comes from the Drama League where she was executive director from 1997–2004. Under her tenure, the organization produced 12 plays, and developed Cite-Read, a project that supports the development of new translations and adaptations of plays by director/dramaturg teams.
Crum's special area of expertise is dramaturgy; her credits include working on new plays at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the New Harmony Project, and the Bonderman Event, among others. She has taught dramaturgy and dramatic literature at Yale College, and has contributed essays to a host of scholarly publications.
Crum will assume her new role effective May 1, 2004. On the same day, Lisa McNulty will become the new associate artistic director for the Women's Project. For the past four seasons, she was the producing associate at the McCarter Theatre, where she served as line producer for many main stage and second stage productions, including "Yellowman," by Dael Orlandersmith (2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and 'Uncle Vanya," adapted and directed by Emily Mann.
Women's Project and Productions, founded in 1978 by artistic director emeritus Julia Miles, has staged 115 productions, over 400 readings, and published eight anthologies of produced work by such writers as Maria Irene Fornes, Marlene Meyer, and Anna Deavere Smith. WPP's roster of directors includes Anne Bogart, Carey Perloff, Emily Mann, and Evan Yionoulis.