The New Colony's new co-artistic directors, Fin Co and Stephanie Shum (photo courtsey of The New Colony).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
The Board of Directors of The New Colony has announced the appointment of Fin Coe and Stephanie Shum as the company’s new co-artistic directors. Coe and Shum succeed founding members and co-artistic directors Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder, who will step down in January 2018 at the conclusion of the company’s ninth season.
“We are so pleased to welcome of Fin Coe and Stephanie Shum as our new artistic leaders,” comments The New Colony Board President Emilee Lales. “We are fortunate they will gift us with their outstanding artistry, numerous relationships within the Chicago theater community, a detailed knowledge of the company’s history and an infectious enthusiasm for telling new and original stories on stage. We are grateful to our outgoing co-artistic directors Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood for their visionary work the past decade – and we are extremely excited by the fresh, inclusive and creative vision that Stephanie and Fin will use to take us into our second decade. The entire board and staff looks forward to working with them in their new roles.”
Fin Coe has previously been onstage at The New Colony in The Winter's Room, the cast of Merge and the company's ensemble. He served as the executive director for Pretty/Windy from 2010-2014, the associate artistic director for Halcyon Theatre from 2014-2017. He has worked with a number of other organizations on the development of new work in comedy and storefront theater in Chicago.
Stephanie Shum is a New Colony ensemble member and has held the position of managing director for five years. She is also a company member and associate producer with Red Tape Theatre, serves on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres and previously worked as marketing manager at Lookingglass Theatre. As an actor, she has performed with The New Colony in Merge, Kin Folk, reWILDing Genius and Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up. She’s worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, American Theater Company, Redtwist, and The Goodman, among others.
The New Colony has developed and produced over 25 world-premiere plays and musicals garnering four Joseph Jefferson Awards, the 2011 Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award, and Best Overall Production at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. The New Colony is a resident company of The Den Theatre located in Wicker Park.