MEET RACHEL FINK, CPH’S NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR!
By Craig Joseph, Literary Director
What are you looking forward to as you return to Cleveland and to CPH?
“Even though this is a difficult time in the theatre industry, what I found during my interviews at CPH is that there’s a staff and a community here that is so joyous, despite all of the challenges. There are things to address, but there’s an openness to possibility and a deep belief in the value of theatre with a real Midwestern focus on getting the work done. My conversations with people here, from the staff to the Board to community members, were exciting and refreshing to me, and connected back to why I got involved in this work in the first place. And, with that, there’s an incredible opportunity with a new Artistic Director coming in, alongside a relatively new team, to ask ‘how do we intentionally build and grow CPH in a way that is meaningful, rigorous, and uplifting for this current moment in Northeast Ohio, and into the future?”
What excites you about this moment in the American Theatre?
“During our experience with the pandemic and lockdown, the intrinsic value and necessity of getting together collectively and having a shared human experience was really made apparent. How we as CPH connect that impulse to what a 2023 audience really wants out of their time with us and translate that into robust theatre attendance is a fascinating challenge. We want people to have rich, meaningful theatrical experiences, and we know that materializes in different ways for different people. How we create a welcoming space and how we build on that human desire to be together in ways that only CPH can offer is an exciting puzzle to tackle.”
What hobbies and interests do you pursue away from the theatre?
“I’m a big science junkie. I’m naturally curious, ask lots of questions, and love learning how things work. I’m a true foodie, and enjoy exploring places that celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of food culture. Take me to a farmer’s market, or an open kitchen, and I’m a happy camper. And I’m basically a cultural omnivore. I like checking out lots of different types of art, and I always want to explore - seeing things I’ve never seen before and talking to people who are smarter than me. Constant curiosity while growing my toolbox. And I can’t wait to discover all that Cleveland has to offer.”
Want to keep tabs with Rachel’s upcoming adventures?
Follow her on Instagram: @rachelatclevelandplayhouse!
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