After a nationwide search, Stuart Carden has been selected as the fifth Artistic Director of KCRep.
Carden is a director, producer, and educator whose work ranges from classic literary adaptations to spectacle and cross-disciplinary performance. His recent work as a freelance director and producer includes projects with The Old Globe, The Lyric Opera, The Second City, The Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New Victory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Silk Road Rising, Victory Gardens, People’s Light, Northlight Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, ArtsEmerson, The Wallis, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Chicago Children’s Theatre.
As the Associate Artistic Director of Writers Theatre in Chicago, Carden co-produced over 25 productions over five years, and headed the company’s new play development program. Prior to Writers, he spent two years in Pittsburgh as Associate Artistic Director of City Theatre Company.
Carden has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, DePaul University, and Loyola University, among others. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Hanover College and an M.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.
“My wife Neysa and I are thrilled to bring our family to Kansas City and join the thriving cultural communities at UMKC and in the Kansas City region,” said Carden, “and our twins can’t wait to mix it up on KC soccer fields. As the new artistic leader of KCRep, I look forward to meeting the people and communities that make Kansas City what it is and learning of their interests, curiosities, passions, and hopes for the future. It is my belief that it is the responsibility and privilege of a regional theatre like KCRep to amplify and celebrate the people, history, and culture of the region it serves. I am ready to take a deep dive into all things Kansas City and translate those conversations into theatrically adventurous programming that illuminates the diversity of perspectives, interests, and people that make Kansas City such a vibrant community.”
“Kansas City’s best days are ahead with the addition of this inspiring arts leader to our beloved community,” said Scott Hall, chair of the KCRep Board. “Stuart reiterated throughout the interview process that listening to our audiences and telling Kansas City stories are a priority. We’re impressed with Stuart’s significant artistic and leadership experience in theatres like ours across the country, and we feel triumphant that we have been able to bring Stuart to Kansas City to build on the success of our thriving hometown.”
“Stuart painted a captivating and inclusive image of the future of KCRep,” added Executive Director Angela Gieras. “I am thrilled to partner with a creative and generous leader whose approach to people, equity, diversity, inclusivity, and artistic excellence closely aligns with KCRep’s vision and values.”
The 2019-2020 season will commence in September with a selection of plays curated by Interim Artistic Director Jason Chanos. The search for a new Artistic Director began when Eric Rosen resigned in June of 2018.
Jason is a producer, manager, and designer with 17 years of experience in Chicago, New York, and in the touring market. In 2015, he founded Lotus Theatricals - the publisher of Performink, and an independent commercial producing company - with Abigail Trabue.