Sullivan, who served as artistic director of Seattle Rep from 1981-1997, joins producing artistic director Jerry Manning as an artistic consultant for the forthcoming season. He is currently staging Charlene Woodward's one-woman show The Night Watcher in the Rep's Leo K. Theatre.
Manning was named the acting artistic director of Seattle Rep following the announced departure David Esbjornson, who will exit his position as artistic director June 30, 2009.
"We are excited to bring back Dan Sullivan and create this dynamic artistic dream team which will assure the consistency and quality of our programming as we move through this transition," board president Jane Zalutsky said in a statement. "Seattle Rep audiences know and love both Dan Sullivan and Jerry Manning and we trust that Dan will infuse Seattle Rep with his vision and experience as one of today's most highly regarded theatre practitioners."
Seattle Rep will begin its search for a full-time artistic director following the completion of its new artistic and business models.
Sullivan was most recently represented on Broadway with the revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. A Tony Award winner for his staging of Proof, Sullivan's directorial work also includes Prelude to a Kiss, Rabbit Hole, Julius Caesar, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, The Retreat From Moscow, Morning’s at Seven, Major Barbara, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Ah, Wilderness!, An American Daughter, The Sisters Rosensweig, Conversations With My Father, The Heidi Chronicles, I'm Not Rappaport, Stuff Happens, Third, Intimate Apparel, Ten Unknowns and Dinner With Friends. In 2009 Sullivan will stage Accent on Youth on Broadway, starring David Hyde Pierce for the Manhattan Theatre Club. The Seattle Rep 2008-2009 season includes Ken Ludwig's comedic take on The Three Musketeers; George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's You Can't Take it With You; Beckett's Waiting for Godot starring Tony Award winner Bill Irwin; Connor McPherson's The Seafarer; Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking; Charlayne Woodard's The Night Watcher; Sinn Nachtrieb's Boom; Christopher Evan Welch, James Palmer and Ron Carnell's Rollick; and Harold Pinter's Betrayal.
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Founded in 1963, Seattle Repertory Theatre was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a subscription season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops and special presentations.