Press Release

South Coast Repertory Names David Ivers as Artistic Director

COSTA MESA (ORANGE COUNTY), Calif. (Sept. 20, 2018)—South Coast Repertory and its Board of Trustees today announced that David Ivers, acclaimed director, educator and actor, will be the theatre’s new artistic director. The appointment followed an extensive national search.

Ivers joins Paula Tomei, managing director, as co-chief executive officer of the 55-year-old Tony Award-winning theatre, and takes up the position fulltime next March. Until then, he will be wrapping up prior projects and commitments, while working collaboratively to program SCR’s 2019-20 season.

Currently artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company (ATC), Ivers has a proven track record of theatrical excellence, dynamic leadership and creating meaningful connections with audiences. Prior to ATC, he served more than 20 years as an actor and director at Utah Shakespeare Festival, with the last six as artistic director. He was a resident artist at Denver Center Theatre Company for a decade, acting in and/or directing more than 40 plays and has helmed productions at many of the nation’s leading regional theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory (One Man, Two Guv’nors, 2015). He has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Southern Utah University and Southern Oregon University. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley area.

“Among the pool of distinguished and diverse candidates, David immediately stood out,” said Samuel Tang, president of SCR’s Board of Trustees and chair of the search committee. “He’s a dynamic visionary—one who will lead us into the future. We sought someone who could build on SCR’s foundation of stellar theatre artistry and strong financial position. His commitment to the classics, contemporary works and new plays align perfectly with SCR’s mission. David is a special and collaborative individual.”

“New work, classics and modern masterpieces will remain at the center of the SCR experience,” said Ivers. “I’m eager to elevate our national profile as we continue developing world premieres, supporting a wide range of emerging voices, and enhancing the complete theatre-going experience. We’ll move forward with programming that not only engages and entertains, but also allows every citizen to see themselves in our work. I’m dedicated to serving and engaging with our community—especially when attending my boys’ soccer games—while creating innovative, entertaining and surprising theatre that reflects the vibrant diversity of our region and nation.”

“I’m delighted that David will be joining SCR,” said Tomei. “He is both passionate and discerning when it comes to the art onstage and is committed to extending our work in the community. His positive energy, keen sense of humor and joyful spirit are infectious and I look forward with excitement to our partnership.”

“I am profoundly grateful and deeply humbled to be SCR’s next artistic director,” Ivers said. “Returning home to California, to the organization that helped inspire my early desire to pursue a life in the theatre, is a dream come true. I’m grateful to founders David Emmes and Martin Benson and the trustees who have all guided this institution for more than half a century. I’m inspired by Managing Director Paula Tomei, the playwrights, artists and staff members who create great theatre, and in awe of the roster of new plays that have been developed at SCR. I look forward to the months ahead as my family and I make our way back ‘home.’”

Ivers earned his BFA from Southern Oregon University and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Jack and Elliot.

The search was conducted by Albert Hall & Associates LLC, a nationally recognized search and consulting firm.

The 2018-19 includes 13 productions, three evening reading, the Pacific Playwrights Festival (a three-day, new play showcase) and three productions from SCR’s Theatre Conservatory. Complete information is available at www.scr.org.


ABOUT DAVID IVERS: David Ivers has a proven track record of theatrical excellence, dynamic leadership and creating meaningful connections with audiences. Prior to his appointment as artistic director at South Coast Repertory, he served as artistic director for Arizona Theater Company. Before that, he served more than 20 years as an actor and director at Utah Shakespeare Festival, with the last six as artistic director. At USF, he helped usher in a $40 million expansion of the festival’s facilities and his tenure was marked by a significant re-brand of the organization and several key initiatives including the launch of WORDS (cubed) new play program, He was a resident artist at Denver Center Theatre Company for a decade, acting in and/or directing more than 40 plays and has helmed productions at many of the nation’s leading regional theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory (One Man, Two Guv’nors, 2015). His early career included serving as associate artistic director of Portland Repertory Theatre and he appeared in productions at some of the nation’s top regional theatres including Portland Center Stage and the Oregon, Alabama, and Idaho Shakespeare festivals. He has served on numerous boards including the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center and the American Shakespeare Collective. He has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Southern Utah University and Southern Oregon University. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley area and earned his BA from Southern Oregon University and his MFA from the University of Minnesota.


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 more than 500 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