Denver Center's New G.M. Plucked From Geva Theatre

News   Denver Center's New G.M. Plucked From Geva Theatre Denver Center Theatre Company artistic director Kent Thompson announced the appointment of Charles Varin as new general manager for the Tony Award-honored resident Colorado troupe.

Varin is currently the general manager at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, and will move to Denver in early July to replace director of administration Lisa Rigsby Peterson, who is leaving the company to pursue new career opportunities.

Although the DCTC title is changing from director of administration to general manager, Varin will assume the same responsibilities of managing the company's three stages, 11-play season and company members, while serving as the principal contract and agreement negotiator for the theatre company.

Varin spent the last 12 years working for Geva Theatre Center. First hired as production stage manager, he managed over 25 productions including the world premiere production of Famous Orpheus for which Tony-Award winner Garth Fagan provided choreography. In his most recent position as general manager, Varin was responsible for operations for Geva's two stages and served as the principal negotiator for the theatre. During his tenure, Geva opened a second stage, grew from seven to 11 full productions per season and saw a significant increase in education and new play program activity.

Through the negotiation of new play commissions and development agreements, he supported Geva's new play program which has produced over 14 world premiere productions, including John Belluso's Pyretown, José Cruz González's September Shoes (produced by the Denver Center in 2005), Dan O'Brien's Key West, and Denver Center composer and musical director Gregg Coffin's Convenience and Five Course Love.

Prior to Geva Theatre Center, Varin worked as a stage manager for Asolo Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre and Glimmerglass Opera. Originally from the South, he earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Texas Wesleyan University.