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November 14, 2002

Luther Goins Joins Equity's Staff in Chicago

Newest Business Rep Has Extensive, Varied Theatre Background

Luther Goins

Mr. Luther Goins is the latest addition to the Equity office in Chicago, where he will be handling the CAT, SPT, TYA, and some Dinner Theatre contracts. Goins, a 1977 graduate of Northwestern University, has a long and varied theatrical career. He was recently honored with a Chicago "Jeff Citation" for Best New Work and two Chicago "After Dark Awards" for Best New Work and Best Ensemble for his first play LOVE CHILD, which debuted in January 2001 at Chicago's Live Bait Theatre. During 2001, LOVE CHILD celebrated productions at Cincinnati's Ensemble Theatre and at the Chicago Theatre Company.

Mr. Goins just ended a seven-year term as the Managing Director of the Chicago Theatre Company, an eighteen-year old African-American theatre company located on Chicago's south side. He worked as Assistant to the Producer at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois from 1992 to 1995. From 1990 to 1995, Luther held the position of Resident Artistic Director at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Theatre in Evanston, Illinois. Before returning to Chicago on 1990, Mr. Goins worked extensively in Cincinnati as Director and instructor at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, Managing Director at the Studio Theatre, and Chairman of the Cincinnati Theatre Festival.

Mr. Goins has directed over 50 productions including August Wilson's FENCES and George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Most recently, he directed August Wilson's Seven Guitars for the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana, and John Henry Redwood's The Old Settler for the Illinois Theatre Center in Park Forest. Workshops for his second play Black, White, and Gray will begin in January of 2003.

"I am very pleased to be in the position that allows, in terms of professional theatre, hands on training," said Mr. Goins. "I sure wish that I had this job before I became a producer! And I am extremely happy about being in a working situation that fulfills my artistic needs and allows time for me to write."

Jeff Stanley
Communications Assistant
November 14, 2002

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