Fort Worth — Tanisia Castillo-Queppet, board president of Fort Worth's only Latino arts organization, Artes de la Rosa, announced today that Adam Adolfo, the group's Artistic Director since 2009, will step down to pursue other opportunites. His last day will be Sept. 30, and his final show to direct will be the upcoming musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, opening July 23. The board will soon start looking for a replacement.
Here's the news release from Artes de la Rosa:
Fort Worth — Artes de la Rosa Board of Directors President, Tanisia Castillo-Queppet, today announced the departure of Artistic Director Adam Adolfo who will step down this fall from the 17-year-old non-profit. He joined Fort Worth's only Latino arts organization late in 2009 serving first as Executive Director and eventually being named Artistic Director.
"We all knew one day Adam might make the difficult decision to continue his artistic journey and explore new opportunities. It is hard to say goodbye, but we are grateful for the exciting work he has brought to Artes de la Rosa's gallery and theatre. He will be a hard act to follow and we wish him nothing but the best in all his future artistic endeavors," said Tanisia Queppet, Artes de la Rosa's first female Board President.
During his time, Adolfo has overseen seven seasons of programming featuring film, festivals, and of course theatre. Some of his directing credits at Artes de la Rosa include, In the Heights, The Fifth Sun, Twelfth Night, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Romeo & Juliet, A View from the Bridge, Big Fish: 12 Chairs Version, Man of La Mancha, and the tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires.
Winner of Fort Worth Weekly's Visionary Award, Adam Adolfo even appeared on the Rose Marine Theater stage serving as the Narrator in the wildly reimagined 'theatrical' staging of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Prior to Artes de la Rosa, Adolfo served as Executive Artistic Director for The Living Opera, General Manager for Ohio's Weathervane Playhouse, and was a Production Associate at the Arizona Theatre Company. His work as a director has been seen throughout North Texas including productions for QLive, Runway Theatre, Grand Prairie Arts Council, Onstage in Bedford, and The Stolen Shakespeare Guild. Adolfo previously studied with the Texas Shakespeare Festival and holds his theatre degree from Stephen F. Austin University.
"I have been fortunate enough to be able to work in the arts community and be a part of Fort Worth's theatre scene because of Artes de la Rosa. I am proud to have made my home here for the last 7 years," said Adolfo. "My focus when I arrived was innovation, artistically, but also within what we perceived as "Latino" art. We have challenged our audiences by exploring new worlds and energizing old genres — and I'm proud of that."
Adam Adolfo's final day will be Friday September 30. Adolfo will next stage the regional premiere of the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, adapted from Spanish Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's film. The production's opening night is Saturday, July 23.
The Artes de la Rosa Board of Directors will begin a search for an Executive Director in the coming months.