Actors Theatre Plans To Hire Search Firm For New Artistic Director

by Graham Shelby on February 17, 2011

Actors Theatre of Louisville will soon begin searching for a new artistic director.

Marc Masterson served as artistic director for the last 11 years, overseeing dozens of productions and directing a number of shows, including this past season’s production of The Kite Runner. He also oversaw the Humana Festival of New American Plays, which draws theatre professionals from around the world and serves as a launching pad for new plays. Masterson announced Wednesday that he’s leaving for a similar job at a theatre in California.

Actors Theatre Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein says the board will soon hire a search firm to find a new artistic director who meets the right criteria.

“A skillset in new play production and development because that is our core strength and what attracts people to us nationally and from around the world. And someone who will be a good person at developing relationships and being a goodspokesperson for the arts and for Actors Theatre in this community,” she says.

Bielstein hopes to have a new artistic director in place by the end of summer.

Masterson will stay at Actors Theatre long enough to oversee this year’s Humana Festival, which opens February 27th.

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