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Watkins Assumes STA Presidency

Close-up portrait of Jeff WatkinsJeff Watkins, founder and artistic director of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, recently began his two-year term as president of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). He stepped into the position at this month's STA conference, succeeding Patrick Spottiswoode, director of education for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

"I'm enormously honored to have been elected to a leadership position with the Shakespeare Theatre Association," Watkins said in a press release. "This is a fabulous group of people. The strategic and artistic inspiration that I've drawn from this organization over past years has been instrumental in the development of my own company in Atlanta."

Begun in 1991, the Shakespeare Theatre Association was established to provide a forum for the artistic, managerial, and educational leadership of theaters primarily involved with producing the works of William Shakespeare. The group provides a year-round support network, acts as an international advocate for Shakespearean productions and training, and hosts an annual conference to discuss methods of work, resources, and other relevant issues.

January 24, 2013

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