SEATTLE— Intiman Theatre Artistic Director Bartlett Sher was honored last night with the 2008 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for the current Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater.
“Everyone at Intiman is thrilled for Bart and all his colleagues on this magnificent production,” said Intiman Theatre Board President Susan J. Leavitt. “We are his Seattle home, and we take great pride in the work he and his collaborators produce at his New York home, Lincoln Center Theater.”
Earlier this year, Sher extended his contract at Intiman through the end of the next year’s production season. That will be his 10th season with Intiman, which received the 2006 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre under his leadership. He is currently planning Intiman’s 2009 season and developing projects for future seasons. Sher is also working closely with the Intiman Board to set a course for the future that encompasses both the best opportunities for him and Intiman’s continued growth and stability.
In 2008 and 2009, he will direct two plays by Craig Lucas, both of which premiered at Intiman, in New York : Prayer for My Enemy at and The Singing Forest at The Public Theater.
South Pacific received seven Tony Awards, more than any other production this season, including Revival of a Musical, Actor in a Musical (Paulo Szot), Scenic Design of a Musical (Michael Yeargan), Costume Design of a Musical (Catherine Zuber), Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder) and Sound Design of a Musical (Scott Lehrer).
Intiman is close to completing a national search to identify a successor to former Managing Director Laura Penn , who is now Executive Director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers in New York . Kevin Maifeld, senior consultant of Arts Consulting Group, former managing director of Seattle Children’s Theatre and founding director of the Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership program at Seattle University , is working with Intiman as its Interim Managing Director until a permanent successor is named.