New artis­tic di­rec­tor from Ore­gon

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Wen­zel

Chris Cole­man, artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter Stage the­ater com­pany in Port­land, Ore., will join the Den­ver Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts as its new artis­tic di­rec­tor, the DCPA an­nounced Tues­day.

As the na­tion’s largest non­profit the­ater com­pany, the DCPA be­gan its nearly year­long search shortly af­ter the sur­prise res­ig­na­tion of Kent Thomp­son in Jan­uary.

Cole­man, an Atlanta na­tive, brings 17 years of ex­pe­ri­ence at Port­land Cen­ter Stage, as well as di­rect­ing stints in New York, Dal­las, Pitts­burgh and Bal­ti­more, ac­cord­ing to DCPA of­fi­cials.

“I knew Kent Thomp­son, and we had spo­ken about his time at the the­ater over the past few years, so I did track when he left, and like many folks had ques­tions,” Cole­man wrote via email to The Den­ver Post. “But I kind of for­got about it, un­til the re­cruiter reached out to me this sum­mer.”

That changed two weeks ago when Cole­man sud­denly be­came a se­ri­ous can­di­date, he said.

“I want to learn as much as I can about what is al­ready work­ing well and sup­port that,” Cole­man said. “I’m very in­ter­ested in deep­en­ing re­la­tion­ships with the in­creas­ingly di­verse com­mu­ni­ties in Den­ver — and how our work can pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for cre­at­ing con­ver­sa­tion around that.”

Cole­man will start at the DCPA on a lim­ited basis in Jan­uary and help pro­gram the the­ater com­pany’s 201819 sea­son. He as­sumes the artis­tic di­rec­tor job full-time in mid-May, when the Port­land Cen­ter Stage pro­duc­tion of “Ma­jor Bar­bara,” which he is di­rect­ing, closes.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to wel­come Chris into our Den­ver fam­ily,” said Jan­ice Sin­den, CEO and pres­i­dent of the DCPA, in a press state­ment. “His com­mit­ment to artis­tic ex­cel­lence, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, new play de­vel­op­ment, crowd-pleas­ing mu­si­cals and dis­cov­ery of new voices will fur­ther the DCPA’s ef­forts to di­ver­sify its au­di­ence and res­onate through­out the re­gion.”

Cole­man was se­lected af­ter a na­tion­wide search led by Bard Arts Con­sult­ing.

He will di­rect the 38year-old, Tony Award-win­ning DCPA The­atre Com­pany as it pro­duces 8 to 10 clas­sic, con­tem­po­rary and new works each sea­son, hosts the an­nual Colorado New Play Sum­mit, and en­gages new au­di­ences through its ex­per­i­men­tal Off-Cen­ter pro­duc­ing di­vi­sion, DCPA of­fi­cials said.

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