Alabama Shakespeare Festival appoints new artistic director – Alabama News

Alabama Shakespeare Festival appoints new artistic director – Alabama News


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9:57 a.m. CT June 30, 2017

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The Alabama Shakespeare Festival has appointed Rick Dildine as its new artistic director. 

The Arkansas native was appointed by the theater’s board of directors after a year-long, national search process. 

“A son of the South, Rick Dildine understands and appreciates what a unique treasure the Alabama Shakespeare Festival is to Montgomery,” said ASF board Chairman Laurie Weil.

Dildine, who currently serves as artistic director and executive director at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, will officially begin his new role with ASF on Aug. 1. 

“He has compelling ideas – many of which have succeeded under his leadership of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis – about how to grow audiences and how to make theater accessible and relevant to our entire public,” Weil said. 

Dildine will be the fourth artistic director in the theater’s 45-year history, said Katie Perkowski, a spokeswoman with ASF.

Kevin Moriarty, artistic director the Dallas Theater Center, said Dildine “has the ability to tell a story with clarity, energy and creativity. His work is theatrically entertaining, smart,…

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