Opera to reside at Cobb arts center
Plus Academy Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, The Color Purple
• The Atlanta Opera has signed a contract to become a resident company performing at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, a culture and entertainment complex under construction at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. The opera will begin performing at the complex's John A. Williams Theatre beginning with its 2007-08 season.
• Following the death of Academy Theatre founder and artistic director Frank Wittow, the organization has named a four-person artistic management team: main stage artistic director Prodon Dimov, human service program artistic director Brenda Porter, School of the Performing Arts artistic director Kathleen McManus and Theatre for Youth Artists-in-Schools Tour artistic director Tim Stoltenberg.
• The Woodruff Arts Center board of trustees has voted unanimously to name Joseph R. Bankoff, senior partner at King & Spalding, its new president and CEO. Bankoff negotiated television rights for the 1996 Olympic Games, led the search that attracted Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and chaired the Regional Arts Task Force that created the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition. He succeeds Shelton G. Stanfill, who retires in June.
• The Broadway production of The Color Purple, which had its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in 2005, earned 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Performance for a Leading Actress in a Musical for LaChanze.