Nov 20, 2006    #166
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Committee begins search for artistic director, Kansas City Repertory Theatre

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) announced today the creation of a 15-member search committee charged with identifying candidates for the artistic director of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The finalist will succeed Peter Altman, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

The committee is co-chaired by Bill Nelson, chairman, Kansas City Repertory Board of Directors, and Karen Vorst, Ph.D., dean, UMKC College of Arts and Sciences. Representative members from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre include: • Topper Johntz, president • Bunni Copaken, vice president • Ralph Reid, board director • Deb Turpin, board director

Community committee members include: • Dennis Hennessy, co-owner and artistic director, New Theatre Restaurant and UMKC alumnus • Gary Neal Johnson, actor

UMKC committee members include: • Felicia Londré, professor, Theatre Department • Jennifer Martin, professor, Theatre Department • Danny Baker, development director • Ashley Turner, graduate student, sound design • Logan Ernstthal, graduate student, acting

The committee will identify a search firm to conduct a nationally competitive search to present to UMKC Provost Bruce Bubacz with a roster of candidates for the position.

“UMKC and Kansas City Repertory Theatre are partners in an enterprise that is important to the artistic future of our city,” said Bubacz. “As we begin our search for a new artistic leader for KC Rep, we are in fundamental agreement about our direction. For the Rep, our goal is to create a Tony Award winning professional theatre that aspires to become the top resident theatre in the country. We also want UMKC's Theatre Department to be the place in the United States where artists come to study. We seek an arts executive who can play a central role in helping Kansas City to realize these complementary goals.”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs. # # #


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