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Leadership

SEAN DANIELS
Artistic Director

SEAN DANIELS is honored to be returning to ATC, where he first fell in love with theatre.

Sean has directed at Manhattan Theatre Club (The Lion, Drama Desk Award & Theatre World Award, nominated for Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle), 59e59 (NYC, I and You, nominated for Outer Critics Circle) Lynn Redgrave (NYC) The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), St. James (West End, London – The Lion, winner of Best New Musical), Arena Stage, A.C.T. (San Francisco), Milwaukee Rep, Old Globe, Geffen (L.A.) Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, Geva Theatre, Playmakers Rep, Cleveland Play House, Alliance Theatre, California Shakespeare, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, City Theatre, Swine Palace, Neo-Futurists, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sean has been named “one of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come” & “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre magazine. His direction and shows have won “Best Play” and “Best Director” in London, Bay Area, Boston, Portland, Rochester and Atlanta.

 

He was previously the Artistic Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre, where he received national attention for his multiple artistic engagement programs that brought the community inside the organization. He’s also  served as the Artist-At-Large for Geva Theatre Center and spent four years at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theatre’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed 17 productions including five Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta.

He has developed new work with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Ars Nova, PlayPenn, Lark, PlayLabs, New York Stage and Film, Asolo Rep, Goodspeed Opera, Weston Playhouse, Bay Area Playwrights, Magic Theatre and was the first American director asked to attend the Baltic American Playwrights Conference in Hiiumaa, Estonia.

As a playwright, his work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, City Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Dad’s Garage. He was the first ever playwright authorized by the Jack Kerouac Estate to adapt his work for the stage. His play ‘The White Chip’ will make its Off-Broadway debut this Fall produced by 5 Time Tony nominee Tom Kirdahy.\

He’d love to hear from you.

sdaniels@arizonatheatre.org

twitter: @seandaniels

BILLY RUSSO
Managing Director

Billy Russo has served as Acting Managing Director of Arizona Theatre Company since 2015 and permanently took on the position beginning on July 1, 2017.

Previously, he was the Managing Director of American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University, where during his tenure, they produced All The Way, starring Bryan Cranston, and Finding Neverland. He served as the Managing Director of the New York Theatre Workshop, a major Off-Broadway theatre company in New York, where he led a financial turnaround of the organization, retiring an organizational deficit and rebuilding cash reserves. During his time there, he produced the original productions of the musical Once and the play Peter and the Starcatcher, both of which transferred to Broadway in the 2012 season, garnering 13 of the 26 competitive Tony Awards handed out that year. He also served as General Manager of Playwrights Horizons in New York, where he helped oversee the construction of a new 6-story facility in the heart of Times Square. Notable productions during that period were the world premieres of I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award for Best PLay and Pulitzer Prize for Drama), and the musical Grey Gardens. He was also the Associate General Manager at Manhattan Theatre Club.

In London, Mr. Russo was the Associate Producer with David Pugh, Ltd., where he produced – among other plays – the English language premiere of Yasmina Reza’s Art in the West End, starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtney, and Ken Stott.

Mr. Russo was an adjunct assistant professor for Columbia University’s Theatre Producing and Management MFA Program where he taught Advanced Theatre Budgeting. He received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

GERI WRIGHT
Managing Director Designee

Geri Wright is honored to be returning to Arizona Theatre Company as Managing Director Designee. Her love of theatre started at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on a school field trip and has grown into a passion for the arts today. Having served in leadership roles at the Heard Museum, American Red Cross, Arizona Theatre Company and most recently as CEO of Act One, Geri has been a passionate advocate for the importance that the arts play in creating healthy and prosperous communities. With more than 25 years in nonprofit management and fundraising experience, she is thrilled to be able to put those skills to use in serving our state theatre. Geri was most recently recognized as one of the Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal and has been honored with an assortment of acknowledgments for her work in the charitable community. Geri and her family, along with two horses and an Australian cattle dog, reside at the base of the McDowell Mountains.

The mission of Arizona Theatre Company is to inspire, engage, and entertain –one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. ATC shares the passion of the theatre through a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives, and community events. With more than 700 Education & Engagement activities through the schools and summer programs, ATC focuses on teaching Arizona’s youth about the creative power of dramatic literature and how it can enrich their own lives in multiple ways. Your gifts at every level support Arizona Theatre Company’s mission to inspire, engage, and entertain – one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. Donors play a starring role at ATC, providing the funds vital to our productions and education programs. Ticket sales and subscriptions cover about 60% of the budget; the remainder comes from contributions from people like you.