In this two-part interview, Thomas Riccio talks to David Meglino, the managing director of the Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT) at the Bath House Cultural Center, which is currently in its 15th year. This is Meglino's sixth year in this role.
Meglino wears many hats around town, including actor, director, dresser, press representative—you name it. In the interview, he talks about the Festival, selecting the works, its history, why it's important in North Texas and the role of critics.
- You can read our preview of this year's FIT here
- And our review of the first four shows that opened here
- Look for a review of the second set of four on TheaterJones this week
Riccio is a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, a playwright, director, world traveler and theater-maker. In the spring of 2010, he wrote a series of essays for TheaterJones about his experience with making theater in Ethiopia in 2009. The first of those, which links to the others, is here. Earlier this year, he spent time in Nepal and India, areas he'll explore more in the coming years (and write about for us). In 2011, he started his own theater company, Dead White Zombies, which is currently doing a bold and tough-to-watch, but still unforgettable, production of an immersive play called T.N.B., performed in a former "drug stash" house in West Dallas, near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. (Look for a review of that show on TheaterJones this week.)
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