Kepley to be introduced at a CPH Community Gathering on Thursday, September 26th at 4:30 p.m.
Cleveland Play House (CPH) is pleased to announce that CPH Interim Artistic Director Laura Kepley has been promoted to the position of Artistic Director after serving four seasons as Associate Artistic Director.
CPH Board Chair Alec Pendleton made the announcement, stating: “Laura is an accomplished and talented theatre artist, leader and administrator. More than that, she is a warm and generous person who is passionate about Cleveland Play House and the important work we do in and for our community. In our discussions with theatre executives from across the nation, it quickly became clear that Laura is a leading light in the American theatre. She is without question the perfect choice to guide America’s first regional theatre through our 2015 centennial and beyond.”
“I am thrilled and honored to serve as Cleveland Play House’s new Artistic Director,” stated Kepley. “Since arriving at CPH three years ago I have been fortunate to participate in the historic transformation of America's first regional theatre. I look forward to working collaboratively to lead us into our centennial season and launch the next hundred years of serving our community by telling provocative, relevant and entertaining stories and through meaningful, innovative, and fun education programs.”
Kevin Moore, CPH Managing Director, echoed Pendleton’s enthusiasm, “I have had the honor of working with Laura for the past three years, particularly during her time as Interim Artistic Director. Her passion for theatre and for engaging with our community through powerful productions and innovative education programs is a joy to be around and support. I look forward to partnering with her as we strive to maximize the positive impact of our work on this great community.”
In the ninety eight year history of CPH, Kepley is the ninth Artistic Director. Her position was endorsed by the Board of Directors on September 19 at their board meeting at the recommendation of its Executive Committee and Organizational Review Task Force.
Laura joined CPH in 2010 as an Associate Artistic Director and has directed a number of acclaimed CPH productions including: “My Name is Asher Lev”, “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play”, “Good People” and the world premiere of “A Carol for Cleveland”. She will next be directing “Venus in Fur” that is slated to run “November 1-24, 2013 at the Second Stage at PlayhouseSquare. Among her other duties, she has also coordinated programming for CPH’s GroundTheatre Festival since 2011 which included serving as director for the readings of works by Roe Green Award-winners Quiara Alegria Hudes and Jordan Harrison.
In her career, she has served as a Resident Director and Artistic Associate at Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence, RI for four seasons as well as an Interim Director at the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA in Directing Program. She has also worked with Asolo Repertory Theatre, Trinity Rep, and Contemporary American Theatre Festival, among others.
Kepley is a native of Ohio who received her degree from Northwestern University and her Masters in Fine Arts from Brown University/Trinity Rep. Among her honors she is a Drama League Fellow as well as a recipient of the 2009-2011 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Directors.
About Cleveland Play House
Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House (CPH) is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, CPH has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions.
Today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Laura Kepley and Managing Director Kevin Moore, CPH looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CPH is grateful to Cuyahoga County residents for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. For more information, go to: www.clevelandplayhouse.com