McCarter Names Associate Director
McCarter Theater has appointed Nicole A. Watson to the newly created position of associate artistic director. The position is funded by a grant from the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, which is focused on advancing the leadership of women artistic directors in professional theaters.
Watson comes to McCarter from Washington D.C.’s Round House Theater, where she has been associate artistic director since 2017. Born in Jamaica and raised in New York City, Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale and a master’s from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She worked as a history teacher before becoming involved in theater beginning in 2008.
“I have admired Nicole’s curiosity and intellect ever since we met 10 years ago in the Women’s Project Directors Lab,” artistic director Sarah Rasmussen said in a statement. “Not only is she a fantastic director but she is also a brilliant scholar and teacher. I can’t imagine a better fit for McCarter, an institution that celebrates the intersection of art and scholarship.”
Watson had previously discussed working with Rasmussen, who is also new to McCarter, having taken over for longtime artistic director Emily Mann after her retirement earlier this year.
“When Sarah called with the invitation to join her at McCarter, it was an invitation I immediately knew I wanted to accept,” Watson said in a statement. “Plus one of my first jobs was teaching at McCarter so it’s exciting to return to this wonderful place to work with a visionary leader.”
Among Watson’s first tasks will be overseeing McCarter’s four-week festival celebrating playwright Adrienne Kennedy, taking place virtually beginning Saturday, November 14.
McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton 08540. 609-258-2787. Sarah Rasmussen, artistic director. www.mccarter.org.
Two area organizations have named new members to their boards of trustees.
The Trenton-based Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which promotes the rights of immigrants with a focus on the Latin American community, added three members to its board. Miguel Centeno is a professor of sociology at Princeton University as well as the vice dean of its School of Public and International Affairs. He also founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides supplemental training to low-income high school students.
Sasa Olessi Montaño is a community activist who is currently CEO of Meals on Wheels of Mercer County. She is also an adjunct professor at Rider University and a past president of the Trenton School Board.
Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush is an award-winning journalist who teaches in the Program for Bilingual Journalism of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 714-716 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton 08611. 609-688-0881. Lorraine Goodman, interim executive director. www.laldef.org.
Mercer County Community College introduced a new chairman and member of the MCCC Foundation’s board of directors. Kimberly Saul was added to the board, and Aamir Rehman was named its chair.
Rehman, who lives in West Windsor, has previously served as treasurer and second vice chair of the board. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Business School as well as a doctor of education degree from Columbia.
He is a partner at Princeton Stone House Capital, a strategic investment office, and serves in numerous advisory roles. He is also a senior fellow at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University.
In a statement announcing his selection as chair, Rehman cited financial, strategic, and organizational goals for his term as chair, including increasing the funds available for scholarships from $750,000 to $900,000. He also seeks to forge partnerships in the community to raise support and awareness of the college.
“In challenging times, the need for the Foundation is only greater,” Rehman said. “This is not a time to scale back our contributions, but rather to expand them to meet the need.”
Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor 08550. 609-586-4800. Jianping Wang, president. www.mccc.edu.