Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (BSC), has announced its selection of Alan Paul as the company’s new Artistic Director. Paul, who is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Tony Award–winning Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, will succeed Julianne Boyd, BSC co-founder and Artistic Director, who is retiring at the end of the 2022 season after leading the company for 27 years. Paul’s programming for BSC will start with the 2023 season.
“After a comprehensive nationwide search led by AlbertHall&Associates, Alan proved to be the perfect choice to succeed Julie,” commented BSC Board of Trustees President Marita Glodt. “He is an enormous talent, a successful director, a collaborative leader, invested in community, and a champion of diversity and inclusion. He has demonstrated his love of classics, musicals, and new works and his extensive knowledge of the theatrical canon. He will honor the past and develop new and exciting programming for our audiences. We are thrilled that he will be joining Barrington Stage as our Artistic Director and look forward to introducing him to the Berkshires.”
Shakespeare Theatre Company has released this statement:
Please join us in congratulating STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul on his new appointment to Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company.
Alan joined STC 15 years ago as an Artistic Fellow and has since become an indispensable cornerstone of STC’s foundation. Passionate about musicals and rediscovering the classics, Alan’s productions have often bridged the gaps between classical and contemporary. From Camelot to The Comedy of Errors, Kiss Me, Kate to Romeo and Juliet, and even Man of La Mancha to All the Devils Are Here, Alan’s work at STC has been provocative, imaginative, and inspiring.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work alongside Alan for the last three years,” says STC Artistic Director Simon Godwin. “Barrington Stage Company has made a brilliant choice and I believe I speak for all STC when I say that we cannot wait to cheer him on as he makes this next leap in his career.”
“Being without Alan is going to take some getting used to,” says STC Executive Director Chris Jennings. “Alan and I have grown together as arts professionals and friends at STC; I couldn’t be prouder of him for this appointment and I’m excited to see him flourish in this new capacity at BSC.”
Former STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn also had this to say: “Alan Paul is a true and vital man of the theatre… He connected well to the community and was a great spokesman for the mission of the theatre and our audiences looked forward to his work. Barrington Stage has made a wise and appropriate choice to follow in the footsteps of Julianne Boyd and I look forward to its future with Alan Paul.”
Alan Paul takes the reins at Barrington Stage Company in mid-September. While we will certainly miss him at STC, we look forward to having him home to visit soon.
“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
–Romeo and Juliet
For a stunning portfolio of Alan Paul’s work, click here.
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