Industry Roundup: New Hires at Boston Conservatory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and More

Industry News   Industry Roundup: New Hires at Boston Conservatory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and More
See who has recently joined the team at major theatre and entertainment institutions.
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As the spring season goes into full swing and summer approaches, several theatrical and classic arts institutions have brought on new members. Take a look below at some of the hires recently announced.

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Heather Cohn
Executive Director, En Garde Arts (New York, New York)
Promoted from Director of Development & Community Engagement, Cohn will continue to organize the operational efforts at the New York stage. Cohn has previously worked with Epic Theatre Ensemble and New York Theatre Workshop. She is also a co-founder and producing director of the Off-Off-Broadway company Flux Theatre Ensemble.

Kevin Dean
Artistic Director, A.D. Players (Houston, TX)
A member of the A.D. Players team at the George Theatre since 1999, Dean has been the interim artistic director since January 2018. In March, the board unanimously voted to make his appointment permanent. Dean directed George Theatre's first production of To Kill A Mockingbird (a different version from the one currently on Broadway) in addition to helming versions of Barefoot in the Park, The Jungle Book, and The Hobbit.

Scott Edmiston
Dean of the Theatre Division, Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Boston, MA)
Edmiston has helmed over 60 productions on stages across the New England region, including at American Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and Huntington Theatre Company. He has also taught at various New England higher education institutions, including Northeastern University, Brown University, Boston University, and Brandeis University. The director assumes the dean role August 1.

“His excellence as an artist, academic, and leader will help to propel Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Theater Division forward into a brilliant future,” said Cathy Young, Executive Director for Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Nataki Garrett
Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR)
Garrett comes from the Denver Center for Performing Arts as acting artistic director during an 18-month leadership transition. Known for championing new works, she has launched two DCPA-commissioned plays: The Great Leap with Seattle Repertory Theatre and American Mariachi with the Old Globe. She is also the former associate dean and co-head of the undergraduate acting program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Garrett to the Rogue Valley and believe she will provide exquisite artistic taste, dynamism, innovation, and a deep commitment to the four pillars of our mission: excellence, stewardship, company, and inclusion,” said said Diane Yu, Co-chair of the Board of Directors.

Trevor Wise
Managing Director, Dobama Theatre (Cleveland Heights, OH)
Kicking off the 60th anniversary of the Dobama Theatre, Wise comes to the Cleveland area from Massachusetts.

“Trevor is one of the most talented new leaders in the field, and his training, knowledge, and personality make him the ideal person to guide Dobama as we move forward towards a promising future and remarkable new possibilities,” said Artistic Director Nathan Motta.

Wise joins Dobama Theatre after working at Barrington Stage Company. He’s previously worked at Bucks County Playhouse and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

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