Classical Theatre of Harlem Appoints Carl Cofield ‘14 Associate Artistic Director
September 5, 2018
“I am overjoyed to join the Classical Theatre of Harlem and to bring the arts to the beautiful people of Harlem and New York City,” Cofield said in a statement. “Having directed several shows for CTH, I look forward to further serving the community, and I hope that our productions will have the same profound, moving impact on a young person that it had on me.”
Cofield’s role as Associate Artistic Director will include continuing to develop and enact CTH’s artistic vision, as well as “helping with strategic planning, fundraising, and all areas of programming; and assembling creative teams for future CTH productions.” He will also direct three shows each year. This past summer, before his appointment as Associate Artistic Director, Cofield directed a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy, Antigone, by Sophocles, which received a stellar review in the New York Times. Previously at CTH, he directed Shakespeare's The Tempest and Macbeth.
“[Carl Cofield] is the vanguard for the next generation of artistic leaders who understand the balance of art and commerce, a quality only found in those whom I refer to as cultural custodians,” said Ty Jones, CTH’s producing artistic director. “I project a profound upside for the future of the Classical Theatre of Harlem.”
Cofield has directed many stage productions, including shows such as A Raisin in the Sun and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at various theaters throughout the U.S. His directorial work on One Night in Miami won him the 2013 Los Angeles N.A.A.C.P award for Best Director. Cofield cites Professor and Directing Concentration Head Anne Bogart as one of his mentors while he was a graduate student at Columbia.