South Pacific's Sher Extends Contract at Seattle's Intiman

News   South Pacific's Sher Extends Contract at Seattle's Intiman Bartlett Sher, artistic director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre, has extended his contract through the end of the 2009 production season.
Bartlett Sher
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Sher is currently in New York City directing the first Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, which opens April 3 at Lincoln Center Theater. He will direct the world premiere of Namaste Man, a play written and performed by Andrew Weems, at Intiman in the spring.

"Intiman is in an extremely healthy and wonderful place right now, with a fantastic season in front of us, and very strong subscription sales and fundraising successes," Sher said in a statement. "The work that is being done by the staff, board and advisors is excellent and I know will help us continue to build Intiman's institutional capacities. Particularly in this time of transition, I am pleased to make this commitment and to be part of such a careful process of long-range planning."

Sher received a 2006 Tony nomination for his direction of Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets and a 2005 Tony nomination for his direction of The Light in the Piazza by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2006 with The Barber of Seville, and later this season he will direct the opera Roméo et Juliette for the Salzburg Festival. At Intiman, he has directed the world premieres of Prayer for My Enemy and Singing Forest by Craig Lucas (both also at Long Wharf Theatre); Nickel and Dimed, Joan Holden's adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Barbara Ehrenreich; and plays by Chekhov, Wilder, Shakespeare, Goldoni and Tony Kushner. He received the Callaway Award for his production of Cymbeline, produced by Theatre for a New Audience, which was the first American Shakespeare invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Intiman recently embarked on a national search to identify a successor to managing director Laura Penn, who will leave Intiman on March 28 to assume her new position as executive director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers in New York.

Kevin Maifeld, senior consultant of Arts Consulting Group, former managing director of Seattle Children's Theatre and founding director of the Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership program at Seattle University, is working with Intiman as its interim managing director until a permanent successor is named. For more information visit www.intiman.org.

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