La Jolla Playhouse has named Eric Keen-Louie the theatre's new producing director. He takes over from Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda, who will be departing the Playhouse in September to pursue freelance directing projects.
“Over the past four years, Jaime has been a wonderful artistic collaborator and a catalyst for new voices at the Playhouse. His innovative productions of Guards at the Taj, Tiger Style!, At the Old Place, and most recently Seize the King, have electrified audiences, and we are honored to have experienced his bold aesthetic and strong administrative leadership,” says Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. “At the same time, we are delighted to bring Eric Keen-Louie on board. Eric brings a wealth of producing and arts engagement experience from his prior positions at The Old Globe and The Public Theatre, and we look forward to welcoming him to the Playhouse family."
Keen-Louie joins the Playhouse after seven years at The Old Globe, where he started as associate producer and later became associate artistic director.
At the Globe, in addition to working on nearly 50 shows (11 of which moved to Broadway or Off-Broadway, including Bright Star, Allegiance, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), he co-created the theatre’s new play development initiative The Powers New Voices Festival. He also helped launch the arts engagement programs Community Voices and Globe for All.
Prior to working at the Globe, Keen-Louie spent three years at The Public Theater as the assistant to the associate producer and then director of special projects. Independently, he produced Kingdom and the GLAAD Media Award-winning when last we flew. He also assisted Broadway producer Margo Lion on Hairspray and Caroline, or Change. He is a recipient of The Edward & Sally Van Lier Arts Fellowship for Producing.
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