B.F.A., Denison University, 1972
University of Colorado
Citation awarded June, 2007
Edith began her career as a designer and costumer with the Atlanta Children’s Theatre. She later served as business manager for the Alliance Theatre, also based in Atlanta. After a 2-year stint in Los Angeles as a production accountant for David Gerber Company, she returned to the Alliance Theatre in 1981, serving as administrative director, then general manager, then managing director.
Over the course of her career, she has earned a national reputation as a widely respected and accomplished theatre director. When she moved to the Dallas Theater Center in 1997, the company heralded her arrival in Dallas as “one of the best theater managers in the country.” After 5 years in Dallas, Edith headed to the west coast again in 2003, this time as a producer and executive with Portland Center Stage.
Edith served as an officer of the League of Residence Theatres (LORT) for 13 years and has represented the association on ten teams that negotiated national contracts with various theatrical labor unions.
In Atlanta, Edith was active in numerous civic and cultural organizations including the Atlanta Theater Coalition, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and the Cultural Olympiad Task Force for the 1996 Summer Games. She was elected to the board of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) in 2001 and served until 2003. She received the DECA award for Outstanding Business Women in Atlanta in 1992.
She serves as a site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been a member of grant review panels for the City of Dallas Board of Cultural Affairs, the NEA Theater and Challenge Grant programs, and for the Pew Charitable Trust.
In academe, Edith has taught courses and seminars on arts administration of the Yale School of Drama, the University of Georgia School of Management, Duke University and the University of Alabama.
At Denison, Edith has served as a Fellows Volunteer and Career Advisor.
We honor Edith Holmes Love ’72 for her well-honed skill at arts management, her dexterity in navigating the inherent conflicts of such a career choice, and her unwavering conviction that theatre is an essential component of life.