A Theatre Legend

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Famed actor, director, producer and teacher is gone at age 83.

Philip Arnoult was a widely respected theatre artist who helped change the lives of so many of us in the industry. Throughout his 50-year career, Philip's goal was to make everyone’s dreams come true in the theatre. A dreamer himself, and a man of great inner strength and conviction, he was opinionated and could be stubborn. He had the gift of a visionary, and his spiritual generosity was unbounded. He formed his own company, the famed Theater Project in Baltimore (1971-1990), where he directed and became a producer and presenter—curating the influential New Theatre (1976) and Theater of Nations (1986) festivals. Soon after, he founded the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) in 1991. This venture was his life's calling. He became what Robert Avila called “a bounding impresario and advocate of new theatre”. Anne Bogart, in a group letter circulated among CITD alumni, put it this way: “Philip broke the proverbial mold, and because of that, he created new venues and modes of communication for artists that never existed beforehand. He insisted that we cooperate and enjoy fruitful exchanges.”

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