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Steven Oxman has contributed to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, American Theatre, Stagebill, and, most frequently, Variety, for which he has written over 300 television and theatre reviews.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

New Denver Directors

And now for the feel-good story of the year.

In 2001, in the midst of seeing its budget slashed, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts did what all theatres do in that situation: they cut their literary office. It's an understandable choice, but one that basically strips a theatre of its ability to discover new work that it might want to produce.

Several years later, the person who headed the office at the time, Bruce Sevey, is returning to the institution, this time as the new associate artistic director. He's accompanying his boss at Alabama Shakespeare, Kent Thompson, who will be the Denver Center's new leader. He's only the 3rd artistic director in the company's history, yet another example of the transitional phase I genuinely believe our regional theatre is in.

I know next-to-nothing about them, but they say all the right things in this Denver Post article.