September 18, 2017
Dear Friend of TADW,
The Department of Theatre is announcing that Doug Kaback has made the decision to step down from his position as Executive Director of Teenage Drama Workshop (TADW), the summer youth theatre program he has been running since 1997, and give his full attention to an important campus-wide initiative, Neighborhood Partners in Action for the CSUN Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing.
We are extremely grateful for Doug’s strong stewardship and development of TADW, a historic program. He has nurtured and guided the program through years of challenges, sustaining and strengthening the program that exists today. His expertise in community outreach and using theatre to serve the needs of the community enabled the program to stay relevant while reaching new students and audiences.
As part of the continued integration of TADW with the Department of Theatre, Professor Garry Lennon, will assume the Executive Director position effective January 2018. Garry is a full time, tenured faculty member in the Department of Theatre and served as chair for the past six years. His background includes experience in youth theatre as a producer, director, and costume designer. His interest in youth theatre began at a young age as a participant, then key leader and subsequent employee of Upper Darby Summer Stage in Pennsylvania. The Fall 2017 semester will be used as a transition period for Garry; Doug has agreed to assist as needed during the transition period.
We are well aware that you will have many questions regarding the programming, staffing, recruitment, and registration for TADW’s 61st summer. Those details will be forwarded throughout the transition period as decisions are made. TADW is the longest-running workshop of its kind in the nation, and our intention is to continue to grow the program, make it even more relevant, and deeply embed it into our local San Fernando Valley community so that it serves many budding student theatre artists who have the potential of making a difference in the arts.
TADW needs your support to continue its artistic mission for reaching youth and community.
In the immediate future, you can be a part of keeping TADW a strong, viable program by encouraging youth to take advantage of the early enrollment incentive which offers a tuition discount.
Anamarie Dwyer, Chair
Department of Theatre