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Ralph Remington serves as the Director for Theater and Musical Theater at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is responsible for the grantmaking processes for theater and musical theater, developing partnerships to advance the theater field as a whole, and leading large-scale theater projects such as the NEA's New Play Development Program.
Mr. Remington is a visionary artistic director with a proven record of leadership and innovation in eclectic theatrical environments. He has directed, produced and acted in over 50 plays. He served as artistic associate and director of community engagement with Arena Stage, overseeing all of the company's outreach and education programs and a staff of 19, managing a $750,000 budget. While at Arena, he led the Living Stage Theater Company, created and toured a theater movement piece called America: Work in Progress, and directed Dael Orlandersmith's critically acclaimed The Gimmick. In the spring of 2002, Mr. Remington directed a well-received production of Amiri Baraka's Dutchman at the Source Theater in Washington.
He was the executive director of the Media Artists Resource Center in St. Paul where he was responsible for fundraising and strategic planning and engineered a successful merger with the Independent Filmmaker Project.
Mr. Remington founded Pillsbury House Theatre out of the settlement house tradition of community collaboration. He served as Pillsbury's producing artistic director, managing a $500,000 budget. He also selected and oversaw a four-to-six play annual series; founded Breaking Ice, a touring multiracial, socio-political improv company for youth and adults; and created the Chicago Avenue Project where children write and perform original plays with professional actors. The program received a Coming Up Taller award in 2005. Presented by the First Lady on behalf of the President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, Coming Up Taller awards recognize outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people.
Most recently, Mr. Remington was a city council member of the City of Minneapolis, where he governed the City of Minneapolis through legislative, administrative, and financial power, controlling a 1.4 billion dollar municipal budget.
He received his bachelor of fine arts degree in drama from Howard University.
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