A Creatively Fulfilling Season
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A Creatively Fulfilling Season

Artistic Director Dev Bondarin looks back on her first full season as Artistic Director.


Zac Hoogendyk as Kenny, Emily Koch as Chloe, Victoria Bundonis as Dee, Mel House as Kate. Photo by Michael Dekker.

The 2014-2015 theater season—my first at APAC—has been one for the record books for me.

When it began, I was preparing to direct Cody Daigle-Orians’s beautiful play In The Bones. Having brought the play to former Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik, I was thrilled when I was contacted about directing it as the fall play at APAC. A longtime APAC audience member and fan, I was excited at the prospect of getting to work with the company for the first time.

Little did I know that two weeks into the rehearsal process I was going to be offered the job of Artistic Director!

MRD_5879The months that followed brought strength and growth to our community of artists, and, personally, great creative fulfillment. From working with the wonderful artists on In The Bones, to meeting APAC audiences at performances as the new Artistic Director, to curating our Midwinter Reading Series, to working with APAC alumni artists on our gala, to experiencing our community programs, and to capping off the season by directing George Furth & Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, it was a meaningful and busy time.

I will never forget the awed look on the students’ faces at Playmaking when their plays were performed or the excitement in the air on the morning of the Senior Stars performance. The moment before the first preview performance of Merrily We Roll Along when the company gathered excitedly, the last performance of In The Bones when we all said goodbye, and the Saturday morning when APAC alumni artists roused themselves early to rehearse music for the gala are moments that I will remember and cherish.

APAC_Gala_2015_104I am honored to work with this organization as we look towards our future, and I am grateful to the Board, staff, and community for how far we have come this year. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it all!

Have a restful summer, and see you for APAC’s 15th Anniversary Season!

-Dev Bondarin

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