Philadelphia Theatre Company presents new artistic director

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     Paige Price is the new artistic director of Philadelphia Theatre Company. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    Paige Price is the new artistic director of Philadelphia Theatre Company. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    The Philadelphia Theatre Company has welcomed its new producing artistic director.

    Paige Price had been the artistic director of Theater Aspen, with a mostly summer season in the posh Rocky Mountain resort town. She was splitting her year between New York City and Colorado. Having secured a downtown apartment in Philadelphia, she has just begun her tenure as leader of the theater company housed inside the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Broad Street.

    A former actress and singer who once enjoyed a career on Broadway, Price largely abandoned performing when she took on Theater Aspen 10 years ago — although she stepped back on the boards last year to star in a production of “Sex with Strangers” in Denver. She said she has no plans to go return to acting.

    Price will replace Sara Garonzik, who is stepping down as artistic director after 34 years. Price is inheriting a theater with deep roots in Philadelphia, and some financial problems. The Philadelphia Theatre Company had recently hit hard financial times, even losing its theater — temporarily — in a bank foreclosure that was resolved in 2015.

    WHYY’s Peter Crimmins sat down with Price to ask about the future of the company.

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