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History of New Players

History of the New Players Company

In 1972, Jack Boyle, a member of the RHS English Department, founded the New Players Company as a co-curricular activity involving 30 to 40 students who produced two or three plays per year and another two during the summer. By 1979, the program had expanded to four to six plays during the school year plus a summer program and special production for children, introduced by Brian Aschinger, who was then the Director of the Company. In 1986, Rachael Daum and Dennis Carroll, both faculty members at RHS, were appointed Co-Artistic Directors. Meg Schaefer joined the Company in 1988 as a Resident Director. During the 1990’s student participation in New Players steadily increased, until it comprised over 10% of the student body. The Junior New Players program began in the early 1990’s as well and soon became an integral part of the Company. Also during this period, numerous alumni returned to New Players to serve as directors and designers. In 2005, Meg Schaefer was appointed Artistic Director of the Company. She has been committed to expanding the company’s network of directors and designers and has hired many alumni and other theatre professionals to work in various capacities. In October of 2009, NPC Association was granted non-profit status, and a Board of Directors, comprised primarily of parents of current and former students, was appointed to provide financial and service support to the New Players Company.