Former Alabama Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director Geoffrey Sherman died Tuesday morning, in accordance with ASF and members of the family.
Sherman handed away at his Greenwood Lake, N.Y., dwelling after an extended battle with most cancers, ASF mentioned in an announcement.
His spouse, Diana Van Fossen, shared the information of Sherman’s demise on medical web site caringbridge.org, and well-wishers shared recollections and messages of affection there all through the day.
Sherman helmed the theater for 12 seasons. The British native recalled his first sight of ASF when he got here to direct a manufacturing of “Arcadia” in 2005. “I had the ‘Oh my God’ moment, as they call it, when I drove into the park. I turned the corner and I thought, ‘My gosh, I am back in England again,” Sherman mentioned in 2016.
Current ASF Artistic Director Rick Dildine took over for Sherman in June 2017.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director Geoffrey Sherman talks with the forged of A Christmas Carol on the Festival Stage on the ASF in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday November 16, 2016. The ASF manufacturing of A Christmas Carol runs from November 20 via December 24. (Photo: Mickey Welsh / Advertiser)
ASF lauded his accomplishments in a statement released Tuesday.
“His productions of Shakespeare were praised as visually stunning, highly entertaining and remarkably accessible. He also produced and directed record-breaking musicals at ASF such as Peter Pan, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Committed to developing new theatrical work, Sherman oversaw the development and world premieres of numerous plays that subsequently were published and licensed for performances across the country, such as Gee’s Bend (by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder), The Nacirema Society (by Pearl Cleage), Way Downriver by Edward Morgan, In the Book Of by Edward Walch and Bear Country by Michael Vigilant,” ASF said.
The final show Sherman directed at the Montgomery theater was a production of Mary Poppins starring his daughter, New York actress Alice Sherman.
“It’s wonderful,” Alice Sherman said at the time. “I’ve learned a lot working with my dad.”
Her father said at the time that he was dedicated to making each production better than the previous one.
“There’s an old saying in this business that you’re only as good as your last show, and I’ve always subscribed to that,” he said in 2017. “I never take anything for granted.”
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