Theatre Producing and Management Alumni Are Now Running Theaters Around The U.S.

October 12, 2018

The Theatre Producing and Management concentration for the School of the Arts has a lot to celebrate this month in terms of the accomplishments of their alumni. Here are some details of the strides that current alumni are making throughout the country.


The Human Race Theatre company has appointed alumna Katherine "Kappy" Kilburn ’17 to be the Executive Director. Kilburn joined the HRTC team on October 9. "We are delighted to be giving Kevin Moore, President and Artistic Director, the management partner he has wanted for many years. The job is too big for any one person and Kappy will be Kevin's perfect complement,” says Anne Brown, President of the Board of Trustees. Kilburn, will be moving from New York City to Ohio. She has also worked in Los Angeles with the Center Theatre Group and The Pasadena Playhouse. Most recently, Kilburn worked with Snug Harbor Productions and Puppet Phactory.


Theatre Management alumnus Eric Keen-Louie ’10 is now the Producing Director of La Jolla Playhouse in California Keen-Louie will take over the reins producing the Playhouse's subscription season from Associate Artistic Director Jaime Castañeda. Eric brings a wealth of producing and arts engagement experience from his prior positions at The Old Globe and The Public Theatre, and we look forward to welcoming him to the Playhouse family.” Stated Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Eric Keen-Louie joins the Playhouse after seven years at The Old Globe, where he started as Associate Producer and later became Associate Artistic Director. He spent three years at The Public Theater as the Assistant to the Associate Producer and then Director of Special Projects.


Theater Producing and Management alumnus Brandon Kahn ’17 has been named the General Manager for the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas. A native Houstonian, Brandon joins the Alley from Williamstown Theatre Festival where he served over six seasons as Resident Production Stage Manager, Associate Line Producer, and most recently as the Producing Manager. Brandon will assume his General Manager duties October 22. "Brandon brings to Houston, excellent experience in professional theatre at the highest level. He will be a great addition to the staff," said Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. "I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown and joining such a nationally recognized theatre as the Alley, where I grew up seeing productions. In this time of artistic transition, there are exciting opportunities to work with the amazing Resident Company and all of the talented staff to usher in this next artistic chapter," said Brandon.


In September, Theater Producing Management alumnus Aaron Simms ’15 took over as General Manager of the York Theatre Company in New York City. The company is now in its forty-eighth year and it’s the only theater in the city that produces new musical works and rediscovers and mounts long-forgotten musical gems. The York’s productions have won critical acclaim, a host of honors and awards, most notably it won a Drama Desk Award for its “vital contributions to theater by developing and producing new musicals.”