Dallas Theater Center Names Moriarty New Artistic Director

News   Dallas Theater Center Names Moriarty New Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty has been appointed artistic director of the Dallas Theater Center, effective Sept. 4, the DTC board of trustees announced June 6.
Kevin Moriarty
Kevin Moriarty

Moriarty, 40, will be the Dallas Theater Center's fifth artistic director in its nearly 50-year history and will lead the institution into the new, state-of-the-art Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Moriarty has served as the artistic director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, for the past seven years, where he directed the world premieres of Indoor/Outdoor by Kenny Finkle, Bach at Leipzig by Itamar Moses and Rough Magic by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. He has staged plays ranging from Shakespearean comedies and Greek tragedies to American musicals for the whole family.

He is also an associate director at the Trinity Repertory Company, a Tony Award-winning regional theatre in Providence, RI, where his directing credits included The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard II and A Delicate Balance. In addition, he is the founding head of the MFA directing program at Brown University.

His directing highlights include the New York premiere of Mark St. Germain's The God Committee at the Lamb's Theatre, a tour of Romeo and Juliet for Lincoln Center Institute, and Jekyll and Hyde for Theatreworks. He has directed at Virginia Stage, the Majestic Theatre in Boston and Syracuse Stage.

According to John Howell, board chair, "Kevin Moriarty is a remarkably talented theatre director with exceptional leadership abilities. On behalf of the Dallas Theater Center and its board of trustees, I am thrilled to introduce him to the Dallas community." "I am tremendously excited and very honored to become a part of the Dallas community," said DTC artistic director designate Kevin Moriarty. "I am committed to creating a fresh and positive new vision for the Dallas Theater Center that is firmly rooted in the organization's remarkable history, with an eye toward the incredible possibilities of the future. The city of Dallas is experiencing extraordinary growth in its artistic institutions and will soon become a leading national and international cultural destination. I will work tirelessly with many local and nationally recognized artists to create inspiring and entertaining theatre of the highest artistic caliber — theatre that will reach out to everyone in Dallas and encourage all of us to participate in an ongoing dialogue about our lives and our community. I look forward to crafting seasons that are bold, expansive, and inclusive, creating a dynamic theatre experience that is as unique and vivid as Dallas itself."

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DTC produces new, contemporary, and classical plays to an audience of more than 90,000 patrons annually. DTC’s main stage season is presented at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, one of only three existing theaters designed and built by the legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The mission of DTC is "to engage, entertain, and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living. DTC is committed to producing plays, educational programs, and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency."

In 2009, Dallas Theater Center will move into and become one of the resident companies of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. The Wyly Theatre is a multi-form performance space conceptualized by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas.