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Philip Himberg.
Philip Himberg.

Philip Himberg Named Executive Director of MacDowell Colony

Philip Himberg, who has served as artistic director of the Sundance Institute’s theater program since 1996, will join the MacDowell Colony as its new executive director. He succeeds Cheryl A. Young, who will retire in June after twenty-three years at the helm of the 112-year-old arts organization.

Himberg will be based in MacDowell’s New York office and will work closely with David Macy, the director of the organization’s flagship residency in Peterborough, New Hampshire. “It’s really important for me to understand the animating impulse for the colony, looking back to the initial vision,” he said in an interview with the New York Times. He added that the colony’s history can provide “a road map for how you look ahead.”

Since composer Edward MacDowell and his wife, pianist Marian MacDowell, founded the colony at their farm in New Hampshire in 1907, it has supported thousands of artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, architects, composers, and playwrights. Among those who have benefited from the center are James Baldwin, Meredith Monk, Glenn Ligon, Leonard Bernstein, and Carrie Mae Weems.