Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC today announced that its Women’s Initiative at Eckert (WIE) will underwrite renowned Performing Arts Director Pamela Berlin in her directorship of the nationally acclaimed Broadway performance of Red, Nov 10 – Dec. 11 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. The WIE grant will fund Ms. Berlin in her role as director of Red, a bio-drama about famed artist Mark Rothko and 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play. WIE is the first Pittsburgh-area women’s initiative to underwrite a female directorship at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Ms. Berlin currently serves as director of the Theater Faculty at Rutgers Mason Gross School of Arts. Her New York credits include, Steel Magnolias, which ran Off-Broadway for three years, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and Crossing Delancey. Ms. Berlin’s opera credits include Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, and Of Mice and Men. Ms. Berlin also served as president of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Under her leadership as director of the Pittsburgh performance of Red, Ms. Berlin will serve as the primary visionary of the play’s artistic and staging characteristics, while also overseeing the cast and ensuring the integrity of the play’s original structure.
“Ms. Berlin is an accomplished stage director with a strong leadership role in the performing arts community, and WIE is proud to underwrite her directorship of Red in Pittsburgh,” said Dorothy (Dot) Davis, a member of Eckert Seamans’ Board of Directors and founding member and chair of WIE. “There’s an undeniable connection between a rich cultural community and an economically healthy region. We believe it’s vitally important for women-centered initiatives within the local business community to reach into our neighborhoods with meaningful investments that support female arts professionals who play leading roles in enriching our communities with vibrant performing arts.”
To encourage female performing arts students, WIE also has invited women who are training in the arts or arts-related disciplines at Carnegie Mellon, Washington & Jefferson, and Point Park Universities to see first-hand the important work of Ms. Berlin during a free performance of Red. In addition, WIE will host a student reception before the show.
Through the WIE program, Eckert Seamans has long been committed to the advancement of women within the legal profession. WIE is a firm-wide program designed to foster an energetic and supportive atmosphere for women at the firm. WIE provides a platform for Eckert women to market their professional skills and leadership competencies to others in a manner consistent with the high professional standards and business ethos of Eckert Seamans, while continuing the firm’s legacy of excellent service and community prominence.
WIE has continually supported a broad range of firm initiatives as well as cultural and community events throughout the cities where they have offices. WIE will also be a sponsor of the upcoming “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection“ exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
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