Portland Center Stage, Portland, OR's largest professional theatre company, has named Chris Coleman, of Atlanta, GA, its new artistic director, succeeding Elizabeth Huddle. Coleman will begin his three-year term on May 1, 2000. Huddle's six-year tenure with the theatre ends at the close of January.
Coleman is co-founder and artistic director of Actors Express in Atlanta. There, he has been at the helm of more than 33 productions and has directed at major theatres across the country, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He has also directed at The Alliance Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle.
He recently directed his first off-Broadway show, The Gimmick, at New York Theatre Workshop. This year also marked Coleman's first foray into opera, with a production of La Boheme for the Atlanta Opera. He currently serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG).
Portland Center Stage is the resident regional theatre company of the Newmark Theatre of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and a member of the League of Resident Theatres. PCS presents a seven-month season of classics, contemporary theatre and new work.
-- by Al Reiss
special to Playbill On-Line