Fond Farewell to the Vineyard’s Jen Garvey-Blackwell

Jen Garvey-Blackwell Departs After 20 Seasons, Most Recently Serving as Executive Producer/CEO

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(L to R) Union Square Partnership (USP) Executive Director Jennifer Falk and USP Board President Lynne P. Brown with Jen Garvey-Blackwell

After 20 seasons at the helm of neighborhood partner, The Vineyard Theatre, we say thank you to Executive Producer/CEO Jen Garvey-Blackwell, who leaves on the heels of a New York Times’ critics’ pick and three knock-out shows on the horizon.

This past spring, Garvey-Blackwell brought playwright Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” to open at The Vineyard Theatre to rave reviews, including a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.

“She has been the person at the Vineyard we call at midnight during both times of crisis and times of celebration,” said Vogel. “I have been so lucky to work with her. She will continue to be a force in our community.”

The cast of INDECENT. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

The cast of INDECENT. Photo: Carol Rosegg.

“It is safe to say that when I started at Vineyard Theatre in 1997, I could not have foreseen what a vital and sustaining part of my life it would become,” said Garvey-Blackwell upon her departure announcement. “That enrichment came with the opportunity to work with an array of talented and generous artists, supportive donors, a committed Board of Directors, generous friends of the theater and a devoted and hard-working staff. Working with all of these people, I can look back with pride on the work we have produced and the programs we have created through the years.”

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In addition to her role at The Vineyard, Garvey-Blackwell served as an key member on the Union Square Partnership Board of Directors for almost two decades serving in a number of capacities, including as a member of the organization’s Education Committee and as an Executive Committee Member. In 1999 she piloted and created The Vineyard’s high school education program at Washington Irving High School. And in 2007, she was awarded USP’s Cus D’Amato Community Service Award for her dedication and work with the students at Washington Irving.

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“Jen was one of the first people to welcome me to the Square when I started in 2007, and she makes this place feel like home,” said Executive Director Jennifer Falk. “Whether it was her work at The Vineyard, or her numerous contributions to improving the Union Square community, Jen’s passion, skill and determination to get the job done are unparalleled. Union Square is most certainly a better place because of her efforts and she will be dearly missed.”

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This season, the Vineyard hosts Nicky Silver’s “This Day Forward” directed by Mark Brokaw Nov. 3 to Dec. 18, now on sale!

About the show:

Martin thinks he has just married the girl of his dreams, but when Irene makes a surprising confession in their honeymoon suite, all their well-made plans fall apart. Nearly 50 years later, Irene’s children wrestle with their past, and a mother whose secrets are quickly fading along with her memory. A gripping new comedy from the author of THE LYONS about love and marriage and everything in-between.

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