The Roland Park News recently interviewed Everyman's Managing Director and Roland Park resident, Ian Tresselt. Ian discusses Everyman's history, his role as Managing Director of a professional theatre company, and what inspires him personally to work with Everyman, rather than any other theatre in Baltimore, New York or elsewhere:
"I'm originally from Maryland, and grew up in FrederickCounty. Baltimore was the "big city" of my childhood. In the summer of 2008, I was perfectly content in my job at the New Victory Theatre in New York. I lived and worked in New York for 10 years, had a new boyfriend and finally had enough money to afford a one-bedroom apartment. Then I received a phone call from a search firm who asked me about my interest in the job [at Everyman]. Always up for a challenge, I was intrigued, submitted my material and made many trips to Baltimore over the course of that summer. When I got the offer, my partner and I were walking along the Hudson River in Manhattan. He was game, I accepted and we started our new adventure. Many of our patrons say to me, "All you have to do is come to seea play, and then you're hooked." That's exactly how I felt. Where else do you get a chance to change the cultural landscape of a city, save a historic building through adaptive re-use,while working with a group of extraordinary artists and volunteers? We knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."