The MacDowell Colony will soon have a new executive director.
Philip Himberg has been appointed to succeed Cheryl Young in the post, The MacDowell Colony announced in a recent news release. Young is retiring after 30 years with the organization. Himberg will run the organization from its New York headquarters, and he is expected to take up the position on June 1.
David Macy will continue to serve as the resident director at the Peterborough artists retreat, the release notes.
Himberg joins MacDowell after more than two decades at the Sundance Institute, the Park City, Utah-based nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford to promote the growth of independent artists. Himberg was the artistic director of the institute’s theater program, in which capacity he oversaw its Theatre Labs program as well as its residency programs in Massachusetts, Wyoming, Florida and Berlin, as well as in several locations in East and North Africa.
Himberg is a playwright himself, and his most recent play, “Paper Dolls,” premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in London in 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and formerly taught at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University and the Yale Drama School. He also holds a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and has been a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist.
The MacDowell Colony was founded in 1907 by composer Edward MacDowell and his wife, pianist Marian MacDowell, and is situated on 450 acres.