SWAN Day Co-Founder, Martha Richards, to Speak at SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA – (February 15, 2012) While the No Name Players team is hard at work on SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012, bringing more and more amazing acts to the stage of the New Hazlett Theater on March 15th and 16th, it comes as no surprise that people everywhere are starting to take notice. Sponsors, donors, and other supporters are helping to make SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012 the best event to-date, and No Name Players couldn’t be more thrilled. To top off their excitement, co-founder of the international SWAN Day movement, Martha Richards, is making a special trip to the Steel City to speak at the Opening Night festivities!

Last month, Richards announced that No Name Players, their Producing Artistic Director – Tressa Glover – and SWAN Day Pittsburgh have been named officialinternational partners for the amazing event! Taking notice of the outpouring of support the Pittsburgh community is giving the event this year, Richards is coming to experience, first hand, the world-premiere works by Pittsburgh-based dancers, musicians, poets, theatre artists, visual artists, performance artists and fashion designers in celebration of the Fourth Annual SWAN Day Pittsburgh.

Martha Richards has over thirty years of arts management experience, including sixteen years as Executive Director of WomenArts (1995 to the present), three years as the Executive Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College in New York (1986-89) and five years as Managing Director of StageWest, a resident professional theatre based in Springfield, Massachusetts (1989-1993).

In 2007 Martha Richards was one of three U.S. finalists for the prestigious international Montblanc de la Culture Award in recognition of her innovative and tireless efforts as the Founder and Executive Director of WomenArts. The other two U.S. finalists were Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis (who won the award).

Richards has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She is a member of the California bar, and she was one of the founding directors of California Lawyers for the Arts, serving as its first Vice President. She has lectured on theatre management issues at Brooklyn College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Richards has had a life-long commitment to women’s issues and women artists, and she has served as a business advisor to many individual women artists and women-led arts organizations throughout her career. She served on the board of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts from its creation in 1996 until 2000, and she has been honored as one of three Founding Mothers of that organization. In April 2009 she was inducted into the BayPath College 21st Century Women Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

Tickets for SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012 are available online at ShowClix, and are priced at $20 for presale and $25 cash at the door the days of the show. This year’s event will also boast a beautiful Opening Night pre-show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres graciously provided by Whole Foods, Nine on Nine, Taste of Dahntahn and Peace, Love and Little Donuts of Oakland. The reception will also feature a screening of the SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012 interview footage. In addition, on both evenings, No Name Players will be giving away items generously donated by ModCloth.

We sincerely hope you can attend this year’s event. It is going to be the best one yet! If you are interested in attending, or scheduling interview time with Tressa Glover, please contact us at your earliest convenience and we will be happy to make arrangements. Also, included in this release is a photograph of Martha Richards herself!

No Name Players is a 501(c)3 organization committed to providing opportunities for Pittsburgh-based theatre artists as well as collaborating with artists from multiple disciplines while presenting thought-provoking productions of new and established theatrical works to educate, enrich, and inspire the Greater Pittsburgh community.

For more information about No Name Players and/or SWAN Day, please visit www.nonameplayers.org or www.swanday.org, or please contact Dominic Janidas at dominic@theorionmanagementgroup.com or (724) 272.1999. The New Hazlett Theater is located at 6 Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.


Press Contact: Dominic Janidas
Phone: (724) 272.1999

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