Specializing in the development of new work and the direction of contemporary theatre.

  • Bio

    Chad Rabinovitz is the only artist in the United States simultaneously serving as the Producing Artistic Director of two theaters devoted to new and contemporary works: Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY) & Bloomington Playwrights Project (Bloomington, IN). In addition to producing new works, Chad has directed more than 100 productions across the country, focusing primarily on new and contemporary plays and musicals. He is also the Producer of the Adirondack Film Festival as well a visual arts festival, Arts Fair on the Square.

    At the Adirondack Theatre Festival – the leading professional theatre in the Capital Region devoted to new and contemporary works, Chad has grown attendance from 5,700 to over 9,000 in just 2 seasons, nearly doubled subscribership, broke numerous box office records, introduced innovative children’s programming, and produced multiple best-selling-selling shows in ATF’s history.

    Under Rabinovitz’s tenure, the Bloomington Playwrights Project has undergone what Bloom Magazine calls “a near miraculous renaissance.” Taking the helm of a theatre nearing six-figures in debt, in just four years Rabinovitz quintupled its subscribership, erased all debt, vastly expanded its education program, completed a full-building renovation, doubled the operating budget, increased its community partnerships, greatened the company’s national renown, and sold more tickets in a single season than in its 30+ year history. The BPP reached a new milestone having recently purchased its building. It has also sold out every single performance of every production for 2 straight years.

    Specializing in developing new works, Rabinovitz has fostered and directed premieres from such prominent playwrights as: Alex Brightman, Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Craig Wright, Greg Kotis, Paris Barclay, Drew Gasparini, Michelle Kholos Brooks, Kelly Younger, Jon Marans, Israel Horovitz, Jeremy Schonfeld, Wendy MacLeod, Michael Healey, Nicole Parker, Chris Jeffries, Henry Murray, Carner & Gregor, Scott Alan, and William Missouri Downs. Rabinovitz is also known for working closely with magicians to direct and develop their acts, working most prominently with “Washington D.C.’s 2013 Best Performing Artist,” Max Major.

    The plays Rabinovitz has developed have gone on to productions off-Broadway, at major regional theaters, and to publication in the U.S. and Canada. For his achievements, Rabinovitz was the recipient of Bloomington’s Manager of the Year Award, the Downtown Revitalization Award, Bloomington’s Attraction of the Year Award, Ivy Tech’s Community Partner Award, and was honored with being on the cover of Bloom Magazine where he’s referred to as “a visionary artistic director, savvy businessman, and inspirational leader.” He was named one of the 100 Reasons to Love Bloomington and was honored with Bloomington’s 10 Under 40 award as well as Glens Falls’ 20 Under 40 award in the same month.

    Rabinovitz has also been an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Management at Indiana University and a member of the Indiana University Theatre Circle’s Board of Directors. He has been a script reader for the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center and The Playwrights’ Center and has held the title of Artistic Director at Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, Artistic Associate at Westport Country Playhouse, Assistant Managing Director at Northern Lights Playhouse, and Education Director/Artistic Associate at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.

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    Directing Credits
    representative list - * denotes new play

    Show Location
    *Home by Scott Alan & Christy Hall Adirondack Theatre Festival
    *The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers by Alex Brightman &
    Drew Gasparini
    Adirondack Theatre Festival
    *Think Again starring Max Major Adirondack Theatre Festival
    *Spun by Emily Goodson & Jeremy Schonfeld Adirondack Theatre Festival
    *Kalamazoo by Michelle Kholos Brooks & Kelly Younger Adirondack Theatre Festival
    *Home by Scott Alan & Christy Hall Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Calling All Kates by Emily Goodson & Jeremy Schonfeld Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Magic with Caleb Wiles Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers by Alex Brightman &
    Drew Gasparini
    Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars by Van Badham Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Make Me Bad by Alex Brightman & Drew Gasparini Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Kalamazoo by Michelle Kholos Brooks & Kelly Younger Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Greta by Emily Goodson & Jeremy Schonfeld Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *The Banana Tree by Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Spun by Emily Goodson & Jeremy Schonfeld Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *The Truman Show Musical co-directed with Kent Nicholson Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Maggie Cassidy by Chris Jeffries Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Kissing Frogs by Jeremy Schonfeld & Nicole Parker Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Lemonade by Mark Krause Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *The Boy in the Bathroom by Michael Lluberes Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Bomb|Shell by Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Greg Kotis Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *AwareFest: A Green World by Craig Wright & Jon Marans Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Miles Away by Christine Whitley Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Thespian by Chris White Bloomington Playwrights Project
    *Island Song by Carner & Gregor Indiana Festival Theater
    Arnie the Donut Indiana Festival Theater
    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Indiana Festival Theater
    *THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic East Coast Tour
    *Frank Deville Magic: Stupid Tricks for Clever People Indiana Tour
    *The Banana Tree (workshop) Telluride Playwrights Festival
    *Spun by Emily Goodson & Jeremy Schonfeld Phoenix Theater
    The Pavilion Westport Country Playhouse
    *Screaming for the Moon (showcase) Westport Country Playhouse
    *FEAR (showcase) Westport Country Playhouse
    IVES: 4 Plays Gunnison Arts Center
    Footloose Brown County Playhouse
    Grease Brown County Playhouse
    Noises Off! Weathervane Playhouse
    Mr. Marmalade (guest director) Western State College
    WASP Crested Butte Mountain Theatre
    Working Crested Butte Mountain Theatre
    How I Learned to Drive Crested Butte Mountain Theatre
    The Foreigner Crested Butte Mountain Theatre
    *Sylvia's Myth Crested Butte Mountain Theatre
    Grace & Glorie Greenbrier Valley Theatre
    A Christmas Carol Greenbrier Valley Theatre
    Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Greenbrier Valley Theatre
    All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten Greenbrier Valley Theatre
    You Can’t Take It With You Northern Lights Playhouse
    Paint Your Wagon Northern Lights Playhouse
    Stuart Little Northern Lights Playhouse
    Degas C’est Moi Studio Theatre Pittsburgh
    Variations in the Death of Trotsky Studio Theatre Pittsburgh
    The Original Last Wish Baby Studio Theatre Pittsburgh

    Assistant Directing & Dramaturgy
    representative list

    Show Director Location
    All My Sons Doug Hughes Westport Country Playhouse
    David Copperfield Joanne Woodward Westport Country Playhouse
    The Pavilion Aaron Posner Actors Theatre of Louisville
    The Crucible Timothy Douglas Pittsburgh Public Theater
    The Fantasticks (Dramaturg) Tazewell Thompson People’s Light & Theatre
    Belle (U.S. Premiere-Dramaturg) Tazewell Thompson Julliard
    Death in Venice (Dramaturg) Tazewell Thompson Glimmerglass Opera

    Education, Positions, & References

    Artistic/ Management Positions
    Producing Artistic Director, Adirondack Theatre Festival; Producing Artistic Director, Bloomington Playwrights Project; Artistic Director, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre; Artistic Associate, Westport Country Playhouse; Education Director, Greenbrier Valley Theatre; Asst. Managing Director, Northern Lights Playhouse

    World Theatre Study
    Studied theatre in the following countries: Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan

    Training
    University of Pittsburgh—B.A.—Dual Theatre/Business Degree

    References
    Please contact for a list of references.

  • The Pavilion

    Spun - Bloomington Playwrights Project

    The Banana Tree

    Bomb|Shell

    Lemonade

    Miles Away

    The Boy in the Bathroom

    The Bull, The Moon & The Coronet of Stars

    Maggie Cassidy

    Kissing Frogs

    Cadillac

    Blizzard

    Home

    The Naked Hour

    Kalamazoo

    Make Me Bad

    Everything In Its Place: The Life & Slimes of Marc Summers

    Think Again

    SPUN - Adirondack Theatre Festival

  • Reviews

    • "Chad is absolutely brilliant … a visionary artistic director, savvy businessman, and inspirational leader." - Bloom Magazine

    • "If artistic director Chad Rabinovitz gets any more unstoppable, we may have to call in the Avengers." - The Herald Times

    • "[The cast] is ably directed by Chad Rabinovitz." - The NY Times

    • "The Pavilion is an undeniable success. It achieves a harmony unparalleled by any offering I have ever seen at the Playhouse." - Fairfield Weekly

    • "Artful direction … high quality theatre, funny and sad and true to the bone." - The Herald Times

    • "Thanks to Chad Rabinovitz, BPP has undergone a near miraculous Renaissance." - Bloom Magazine

    • "Chad Rabinovitz’s direction was intelligent and accomplished." - Citizen News

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  • Contact Info

    Chad Rabinovitz
    Producing Artistic Director

    Bloomington Playwrights Project
    107 W 9th St Bloomington, IN 47404

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    812.334.1188
    ArtisticDirector@newplays.org

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    Teaching Experience

    Adjunct Professor
    2010-Present / Indiana University / Bloomington, IN
    • Instructor of Theatre Management
    • Developed and taught original curriculum
    • Invited to serve on multiple discussion panels

    Curriculum Developer
    2009-Present / Bloomington Playwrights Project / Bloomington, IN
    • Evaluated and improved curriculum for all programming
    • Created and developed new programming in schools and on-site
    • Hired and oversaw teaching staff

    Interim Education Director
    2005-2006 / Westport Country Playhouse / Westport, CT
    • Handled all programming and correspondence for Family Productions
    • Scheduled and taught classes and workshops
    • Hired and oversaw intern company
    • Wrote educational materials to accompany mainstage productions

    Education/Artistic Associate
    2004-2005 / Westport Country Playhouse / Westport, CT
    • Directed High School Summer Apprentice Program
    • Responsible for educational outreach and creating new programs
    • Taught workshops at local schools (all age groups)
    • Directed youth productions

    Drama Teacher: Grades 9-12
    2003-2004 / Crested Butte Academy / Crested Butte, CO
    • Created a daily curriculum for 7 students
    • Directed two productions of short plays
    • Worked in a private school setting with another teacher

    Greenbrier Valley Theatre Youth Education Program Director
    2002-2003 / Greenbrier Valley Theatre / Lewisburg, WV
    • Coordinated after school drama classes for 115 students (ages 5-18)
    • Taught classes in script analysis, audition techniques, directing, acting, and improvisation
    • Directed productions for all age levels
    • Corresponded with parents

    Greenbrier Valley Theatre Summer Camp Co-Director
    Summer 2002 / Greenbrier Valley Theatre / Lewisburg, WV
    • Co-coordinated drama programs for 50 students (ages 5-14)
    • Taught classes in magic, juggling, basic acting skills, theatre games, and improvisation
    • Directed the showcase production
    • Created a daily schedule of classes and teachers

    Teaching Assistant for Directing/Performance Class
    Spring 2001 / Semester at Sea-University of Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, PA
    • Aided in the teaching of directing and acting to college students
    • Assisted Professor (Dr. Marilyn Bennett) with paperwork and assignments
    • Directed the final class production
    • Worked with students on out of class productions
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    Education

    Dual Theatre / Business Major University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

    3.78 QPA - Dean’s List every semester

    Cumulative GPA- 4.0 South Carroll High Sykesville, MD

    Valedictorian

    Professional Experience
    representative list

    Producing Artistic Director
    Oct. 2014 – Present / Adirondack Theatre Festival / Glens Falls, NY
    • Plan and implement professional season on an SPT 5 AEA Contract
    • Hire, manage, and supervise 10 staff members, 12 interns, and 50 volunteers
    • Create and maintain annual operating budget
    • Lead all marketing and fundraising efforts

    Producing Artistic Director
    Sep. 2009 – Present / Bloomington Playwrights Project / Bloomington, IN
    • Direct 2-3 Mainstage productions annually
    • Create and maintain annual operating budget
    • Manage and supervise all staff
    • Lead all marketing and fundraising efforts

    Artistic Associate
    Mar. 2005 – May 2008 / Westport Country Playhouse / Westport, CT
    • Direct and Assistant Direct mainstage productions
    • Speak to the public about the artistic season
    • Collaborate on script selection for the mainstage season and reading series

    Artistic Director
    Oct. 2003-Dec. 2004 / Crested Butte Mountain Theatre / Crested Butte, CO
    • Director of five productions for the 2003-2004 season
    • In charge of all artistic aspects of the organization
    • Responsible for creating marketing material, including poster and ad design

    Artistic Associate / Youth Education Program Director
    Summer 2002-May 2003 / Greenbrier Valley Theatre / Lewisburg, WV
    • Director / Assistant Director of all productions for the 2002-2003 season
    • Responsible for organizing and teaching the after school drama program
    • Director of the Staged Reading Series

    Assistant Managing Director / Box-Office Manager
    Summer 2002 / Northern Lights Playhouse / Hazelhurst, WI
    • Assistant to the Artistic Director
    • Manager of five employees
    • Created the work and rehearsal schedule for the summer season
    • Responsible for all ticket sales, reservations, and a clientele base of 20,000

    Producer / Director
    2001-2002 / Studio Theatre Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, PA
    • Raised 100% of the funding for productions
    • Selected plays and directed all productions
    • Hired cast and crew and dealt with all correspondence
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  • About My Work

    My job is to tap into the community and say, ‘This is what people want to see.’ It’s a little harder with new plays because it’s an untested resource. So, we’re creating something that I feel is going to speak to the Bloomington audience and the surrounding areas, and bring people in, sell tickets, but also be artistically valuable.

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    My Interests

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    Teaching Assistant for Directing/Performance Class
    Spring 2001 / Semester at Sea-University of Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, PA
    • Aided in the teaching of directing and acting to college students
    • Assisted Professor (Dr. Marilyn Bennett) with paperwork and assignments
    • Directed the final class production
    • Worked with students on out of class productions