Friday, April 18, 2008


SEATTLE, WA - Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced that Artistic Director David Esbjornson has informed the Board of Trustees that he will not renew his current contract, which expires June 30, 2009. Esbjornson joined Seattle Rep in the 2005.

"Though we are genuinely disappointed with David's decision, we understand that a complex series of factors informed his thinking." said Marty Taucher, President of the Board of Trustees. "David is well into developing the 2008-2009 season and will continue working through to its successful completion. David has been a tremendous asset to the Rep and the broader theatre community in Seattle," said Taucher. "The seasons he has produced have provided audiences with an exciting array of theatrical and artistic experiences, in keeping with the finest offerings Seattle Rep has produced. In the coming months, we look forward to engaging in a conversation about the future with the staff, our audience and the Seattle community, before launching a search for a new artistic director."

In a statement made by Esbjornson today he comments, "I have been extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and want to thank the Board of Trustees, subscribers, donors and the staff for their support during my tenure. I also want to acknowledge the world-class talent from Seattle and elsewhere who have brought the highest quality work to our stage."

The next season will celebrate Seattle's vibrant artistic community. I look forward to presenting an exciting lineup of plays and continue what promises to be a rich and important dialogue about the future."

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