Jeremy Blocker to Join Audible Inc. as Head of Live Creative Producing | Playbill

Industry News Jeremy Blocker to Join Audible Inc. as Head of Live Creative Producing

Blocker has been executive director of New York Theatre Workshop for a decade.

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Jeremy Blocker, who has been executive director of Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop since 2014, will join Audible Inc. this summer.

Blocker will become the head of live creative producing for the company, the leading creator and provider of audio storytelling. In his new role, Blocker will drive all live programming and production at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre. He will also evaluate the catalogue of Audible Original IP for live adaptation, and develop and produce this content for Audible listeners around the world.

“Known industry wide for his impeccable taste, curatorial talent, and deep commitment to discovering emerging artists, Jeremy is an ideal fit to lead Audible’s growing live business. We are lucky to have his vast experience, track record, and widespread network to support the next stage of Audible Theater’s evolution, and help elevate Audible Originals as a leading voice in live narrative entertainment,” said Audible Head of Creative Development Kate Navin in a statement. “Jeremy’s contribution to New York Theatre Workshop was a boon to the entire theatre community, and it was a privilege to enjoy and applaud his work. We look forward to working side by side with him here at Audible to create incredible live performances at the Minetta as well as lasting audio content that reaches new and existing audio and theatr e lovers around the world.”

Blocker added, “I have been deeply impressed by the impact Audible has made within the theatre community in just a few years. Audible Theater has been a laboratory for theatrical innovation, finding new models to make work and reach audiences in New York City and around the world. I am beyond excited to be joining Audible’s team and collaborating with them to create theatre in new ways…Being part of New York Theatre Workshop for the last decade has been the honor of a lifetime; I am indescribably proud of what the community has accomplished over the past decade and deeply grateful for the time I spent there. While departing NYTW is bittersweet, I am excited to celebrate and support the Workshop’s next chapter under Patricia McGregor’s leadership.”

Since launching its live theatre initiative in June 2017, Audible has produced over 100 theatre titles and has commissioned 50 theatre playwrights to receive support from its Emerging Playwrights Fund.

In the 10 years since Blocker joined NYTW, the company has doubled its annual budget. Prior to arriving at NYTW, he served as the first managing director of Ars Nova. He has also previously served as director of Individual Giving at Manhattan Theatre Club, development associate for Capital Projects at Atlantic Theater Company, and producing director of Babel Theatre Project, which he co-founded.

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