Where do you look for inspiration? A.R.T./New York’s members are a constant source of inspiration for me. My staff and I learn so much from them through our roundtables, their grant and loan applications, and meeting with them. When I discover a common need or challenge, I try to address it through a program or service.
Favorite Movie: The Producers
Favorite Lyrics from a Musical: Art isn’t easy; even when you’re hot; Advancing art is easy; financing it is not. A vision’s just a vision if it’s only in your head. If no one gets to see it it’s as good as dead. It has to come to life. (Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George)
Favorite Cocktail: I only drink wine – so it’s Iron Horse Vineyard’s 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir.
Guilty Pleasure: Project Runway & The Real Housewives of New Jersey (I know, I know).
Play That Changed My Life: The 1970 all-black cast production of Hello Dolly, starring Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway. When Pearl Bailey came down those stairs to the title song, I knew that I wanted to work in the theatre.
Still Dream of Doing: Writing a book of essays or performing them as a stand-up comedian (motherhood has give me lots of material).
I Feel Most Like Myself When: I’m dancing or doing yoga.
Best Escape: Old movies, particularly from the 1940s and ‘50s.
The One Thing Nobody Knows About Me: I made my stage debut at the age of 7, reciting a poem in Greek at our Greek School Program.
Virginia P. Louloudes (Ginny) is Executive Director of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), which serves 325 member theatres through programs that include consulting; a major cash-flow loan; four re-grant programs; two shared office/rehearsal spaces; and soon, the A.R.T./New York Theatres (99 and 99-150 seats), set to open in 2014.