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MERRIMACK REP ANNOUNCES CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
April 20, 2011, 8:11 am
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MERRIMACK REP ANNOUNCES CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Artistic Director Charles Towers

Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s Board of Trustees announced today that Artistic Director Charles Towers has accepted their offer to extend his contract through the 2014-2015 Season. Towers joined MRT as its Artistic Director in 2001 and is completing his tenth anniversary season with the company. “The Board of Trustees at MRT is thrilled to have Charles Towers’ contract as Artistic Director renewed” said Debra Grossman, President of MRT’s Board of Trustees. “We look forward to another four years of Charles’ insightful play selection, remarkable productions, and powerful artistic direction. With Charles’ interpretation of MRT’s vision and mission, the theatre will undoubtedly continue to excel. The timing is perfect for MRT as we commence our interviews of candidates identified in our national search for a new executive director who will partner with Charles.”

Christopher McHale with Amanda Fulks in SKYLIGHT from 2008. Photo by Meghan Moore.

Sharing his feelings on continuing his work at MRT, Towers stated, “I am very pleased that Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s Board of Trustees has asked me to continue as artistic director for another term. I am proud of what we have accomplished together over the past decade, and we have equally exciting plans for the coming years – both on stage and off. I’m glad to have the opportunity to help bring them to fruition.”

Kate Udall, Carole Monferdini & John Wojda in FOUR PLACES. Photo by Meghan Moore.

In addition, Towers said, “MRT is nationally-recognized as a cultural institution with a fervent dedication to the highest standards of artistic excellence. It has a smart, inquisitive audience that is a true theatrical partner, so it’s a pleasure to create productions for them. Add to that a dedicated Board, a professional staff that is second to none, and a reputation that attracts national-level theatre artists to Lowell, and you have an artistic director’s dream. I make my home downtown, so I am a daily witness to the close relationship that exists between MRT’s success and Lowell’s ongoing renewal. Each is dependent on the other and I remain a champion of both. I will to do everything I can to insure that MRT continues to make a genuine contribution to our region’s cultural, spiritual, and economic vitality for years to come.”

IRNE Winners Jack Davidson and Penny Fuller in A DELICATE BALANCE. Photo by Meghan Moore

As Artistic Director, Mr. Towers is responsible for selecting and producing all of the work seen on stage and directing one to three productions each season. Since he joined MRT in 2001, the company has twice received the Independent Reviews of New England award for Best Production of a Play, first for The Drawer Boy in 2003 and then for A Delicate Balance in 2009. Mr. Towers also received the 2009 IRNE award for Best Director for A Delicate Balance. Other notable productions during his tenure at MRT include the 40th anniversary production of The Homecoming, Dinah Was, The Seafarer, Four Places, Skylight, The Exceptionals, and Secret Order. In 2007, MRT’s production of Secret Order, which he directed, was remounted off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters, and again in 2008 at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He has previously served as Artistic Director of Portland Stage Company (Portland, Maine) and Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk, Virginia) in addition to guest directing at leading theatres across the country.

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