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Kansas City Repertory Theatre Names New Artistic Director

Eric Rosen, new artistic director of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Eric Rosen, new artistic director of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Repertory Theatre today announced its new artistic director. He's the co-founder and artistic director of About Face Theatre in Chicago. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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After an eight-month national search, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre selected director and playwright Eric Rosen who's gained a reputation for championing new work from playwrights like Doug Wright and Mary Zimmerman. Under his leadership, the About Face Theatre in Chicago staged 30 world premieres in just over a decade. Rosen says he's excited about continuing to present new works at the Rep.

Eric Rosen: "What I saw a lot nationally were theatres that were starting to shrink or contract and their boards are losing interest. And what I found in Kansas City was a board that was fully committed and, I think, a community that is so passionate about the theatre. And for me, that made it a really exciting opportunity to dream up what we could to do together."

Rosen is expected to start at the Rep in late Spring of 2008. Laura Spencer, KCUR News.

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