Wednesday, March 09, 2011

National Endowment for the Arts' Rocco Landesman visits Shreveport Thurs, Mar 10, 10:30 - noon at the Strand

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman will hold a press conference and panel discussion at the Strand Theater on Th, March 10, 10:30 to 12:15, says Pam Atchison,.

Landesman, says the NY Times, is "the colorful theatrical producer and race-track aficionado who brought hits like ''Big River,'' ''Angels in America'' and ''The Producers'' to Broadway."

He was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, got his undergraduate education at Colby College in Maine and The University of Wisconsin, and earned a doctorate in Dramatic Literature at the Yale School of Drama, says Wikipedia.

He is "not famous for his skills as an administrator or diplomat. Rather, he is known for his energy, intellect and irreverent -- and occasionally sharp-elbowed -- candor."

The NEA is a major source of money for arts groups - budget about $155 million - around the country, notes the Times.

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