​Press Release

South Coast Repertory Artistic Director Marc Masterson to Step Down at End of 2017-18 Season

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2017)—The Board of Trustees of South Coast Repertory (SCR) and Artistic Director Marc Masterson have reached a mutual agreement that, after seven years of service, his contract will end at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

“We certainly wish Marc well in his future endeavors,” said SCR Board of Trustees President Alan Slutzky. “We thank him for his excellent leadership in expanding and diversifying the artistic repertoire and our community-based initiatives, as well as the audiences served during his tenure.”

Under Masterson’s leadership, SCR has increased its production of world premieres by more than 40% and launched two major community-based initiatives—Dialogue/Diálogos, a bilingual site-specific community-based project in Santa Ana, Calif., and CrossRoads, a new play- commissioning program to generate work that reflects the diversity of Orange County. Plays and productions have moved from SCR stages to theatres in New York, Chicago, Berkeley and around the country—including Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, which SCR commissioned and premiered this past spring, and another production ran closely thereafter on Broadway.

“I have been thrilled to lead the excellent company of artists and theatre makers at South Coast Repertory for the past seven years,” said Masterson. “I have found inspiration in the community and vibrancy in the work, which has been among my proudest accomplishments. It is time for me to explore other chapters of my career and seek new partnerships in making theatre for a contemporary audience.”

Masterson will continue as artistic director through the end of the 2017-18 season, directing Shakespeare in Love in January and leading programming for the 2018-19 season.

SCR annually stages 13 productions, a mix of new, contemporary and established plays; the 2017-18 season—its 54th—includes the musical Once, Gem of the Ocean, Shakespeare in Love and The Sisters Rosensweig along with the world premieres by Rachel Bonds, Sandra Tsing Loh, Lauren Yee, Kemp Powers and Amy Freed, as well as three young audiences plays.

The search for a new artistic director will begin in early 2018.

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org