Door Shakespeare is stepping into 2018 with a new leader at the helm. The Door Shakespeare Board of Directors announced the hiring of Michael Stebbins as the company’s new Producing Artistic Director.
Stebbins, a Kenosha native, spent eight years as Rep Stage’s Producing Artistic Director in Columbia, Md., where he championed the works of up-and-coming playwrights and also programmed long-forgotten chestnuts.
Prior to that, he worked with theaters ranging from the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Rep in California to off-Broadway’s Mint Theater Company. And when it comes to the Bard, he’s had many opportunities to work with the material, having acted with Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and the Maryland Stage Company, as well producing professional productions of classics such as Hamlet, to contemporary plays with a Shakespearean twist, such as David Davalos’ Wittenberg, which was nominated for several Helen Hayes Awards, to teaching Shakespeare in the classroom.
“We are excited to welcome Michael to the Door Shakespeare family. His experience in the world of theater – both administratively and artistically – and his connection to artists on the regional level, coupled with his passion for what he does and his love of Wisconsin, is exciting and invigorating. We are very enthusiastic about this next chapter in Door Shakespeare’s continued growth,” said Board Chair Sam Perlman.
Door Shakespeare also announced their season for 2018, presenting William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors. The summer offerings will run from June 28 – Aug. 18.