Magazine article American Theatre

Celine Delcayre

Magazine article American Theatre

Celine Delcayre

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A TYPICAL day at work for a theatre manager, and Celine Delcayre--general manager at the Playwrights Realm in New York City--is no typical theatre manager either. Raised in New Zealand by a Filipino mother and a French father, Delcayre arrived in America "not really knowing who on earth I was," which may be why she found in theatre, perhaps unconsciously, an affinity with offbeat characters and their desire to tell their stories.

She recalls two formative experiences: playing Mrs. Antrobus in a high school production of The Skin of Our Teeth ("I can't imagine what it must've been like as a parent to come to that production," she remembers, laughing), and dramaturging Mac Wellman's Bad Penny at Bow Bridge when she was an undergrad at Sonoma State University in California studying business administration and theatre. Though that experience left her with more questions than answers, it led her to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, followed by a season as literary associate at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

Suddenly the West Coast-based Delcayre felt the pull of New York. The attraction was apparently mutual, as a fellowship in general management and dramaturgy opened up at the Lark. Anna Kull, the Lark's director of communications, recalls Decayre as "diligent, inquisitive, meticulous, and thoughtful," likening her to a combination of the Baker's Wife from Into the Woods and "Jane the Virgin."

At the new-play-focused Playwrights Realm, Delcayre works in line production and office management, and recently became involved with the company's financial management. …

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