Colburn, who will join the Intiman later in the season, has served as the managing director of the Pasadena Playhouse since 2004. Colburn succeeds Laura Penn, who left the Seattle company to serve as executive director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
At the Intiman, Colburn will handle the regional theatre's institutional and financial affairs and manage education and audience development.
"Brian seemed to be a potentially ideal partner from our very first conversation," Intiman artistic director Sher said in a statement. "He is passionate about theatre, and about community, and he is dedicated to fostering the kinds of circumstances that allow for the creation of great art and great storytelling. He's an insightful manager and fundraiser, and a very considered and thoughtful person—and he's got a great sense of humor. I value all of these qualities, and I'm looking forward to working with him to take Intiman on its next steps into the future."
"When the Intiman opportunity presented itself," Colburn added, "I instantly recognized a very special American theatre with a tremendous sense of community among its artists and supporters. Intiman has always been an innovative institution, and it has accomplished so much in the last decade under the leadership of Bart Sher. Its challenge, as presented to me by its Board and staff leaders, is to not sit back and enjoy recent successes, but to keep moving forward and to propel all of its artistry and creativity into the future. This is a challenge that moved me at this stage of my career, and I very much look forward to adding my efforts to the cause of supporting Intiman."
The Intiman Theatre, founded in 1972, received the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The company has produced the world premieres of The Light in the Piazza, The Kentucky Cycle, Prayer for My Enemy, Singing Forest and Nickel and Dimed. The Intiman currently presents Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed. Additional seasonal titles include All the King's Men and Black Nativity.
For more information visit Intiman.org.