New Repertory Theatre Names Kate Warner New Artistic Director

Thu Feb 5, 2009 10:00pm EST

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WATERTOWN, Mass.--(Business Wire)--
New Repertory Theatre announces that Kate Warner, nationally known,
award-winning director from Atlanta-based Dad`s Garage Theatre Company, is its
new Artistic Director. 

"Kate Warner is a natural leader," said Michael McCay, Chairman of the Board of
New Repertory Theatre. "She has been successful as an Artistic Director and is
known for her programming savvy. Kate also has the vision and experience to
drive the continuing growth of our theatre." 

"Kate`s success extends to the national theatre community. She is an Executive
Committee Board Member of Theatre Communications Group, a key industry service
organization," said Mr. McCay. "Through this lens, Kate brings insight on the
arts throughout the U.S. She is obviously well respected by her peers in the
field." 

Ms. Warner was Artistic Associate with Dad`s Garage from 2003-2005, assuming
leadership as Artistic Director in 2005. She has produced and directed five
world premieres and directed many critically acclaimed shows which garnered her
two Suzi Bass Nominations and Awards for Best Director in 2008 and 2006,
respectively. In addition to her work at Dad`s Garage, she has directed at Magic
Theatre in San Francisco, Actor`s Express and Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta, and
American Stage Theatre in Tampa Bay, among others. During Ms. Warner tenure,
Dad`s Garage expanded its budget by 30% and increased the audience to over
30,000 patrons, while maintaining a fiscally sound operation. 

Prior to joining Dad`s Garage, Ms. Warner was the Managing Director/Artistic
Associate with Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit, where she developed and oversaw an
award-winning strategic plan to move the company into its new $5.4 million home.


In addition to serving as a board member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG),
Ms. Warner is co-chair of the 2009 TCG National Conference. She is also a member
and facilitator of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director`s Lab in New York and a
member and panelist of the Directors Lab West in Los Angeles. In the summer of
2004, she completed the Executive Program for Non-profit leaders in the Arts at
Stanford`s Graduate School of Business and the New Artistic Leadership Institute
with TCG/Dance USA at the McCarter Theatre. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo
College, Kalamazoo, Michigan with degrees in Theatre and Anthropology. 

"I was attracted to the mission and the quality work at New Rep and am very
excited to work with this theatre that has such a strong reputation with Boston
artists," said Ms. Warner. "My aesthetic aligns with New Rep`s, and I look
forward to pursuing works that are relevant to the community." 

Ms. Warner will start her new position this spring. She succeeds Rick Lombardo
who is now Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre. 

New Repertory Theatre, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is the third largest
theatre in the Greater Boston area.It presents world premieres, contemporary and
classic works in intimate settings.





New Repertory Theatre
Gia Podobinski, 617-923-7060 x.205
gia@newrep.org



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