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Kit Sanderson is new director of Kentucky Repertory Theatre
New director's tenure at Horse Cave, KY theatre begins March 1, 2011
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By Robert Stone, special to ColumbiaMagazine
Christopher Carter Sanderson, Kit, is the new Executive Director at Kentucky Repertory Theatre, Horse Cave, KY, effective March 1, 2011. He has a Master of Fine Arts in directing from the Yale School of Drama, 2005. His company of 24 years in New York City, Gorilla Rep, is a prolific and well-loved part of that city serving the mission of populist theatre.
Kit was in Horse Cave last weekend for interviews with the KRT board of directors, actors who have appeared at KRT, and others closely involved with the arts in the area. He flew in from Oslo, Norway, where he is a Fulbright grantee for spring 2010-2011. There he directed Chekov's "Uncle Vanya" and in Vigeland Sculpture Park Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night's Dream."
Sanderson was born in St. Louis, MO, but has been a New Yorker since 1986. His family is from Cumberland, VA, where he often lived growing up. He directs theater, produces theater, dramaturgs theater, has taught theater at Princeton and Yale, writes musicals, and composes musicals. He is an SDC (Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers) member, ASCAP member, Dramatists Guild member, published author, proud Navy vet, amateur semiotician, sometime visual artist, miserable chess player, shotgun enthusiast, happy cook, and avid reader
.Mr. Sanderson's wife, Frances You Sanderson, is an actress who has appeared on stage and screen, most notably in the film "Double Happiness" with Sandra Oh and in the 2008 production of "Hamlet" for which the New York Times richly applauded her performance as Ophelia, calling it "heartbreaking." She is a Princeton graduate.
Kentucky Repertory Theatre at Horse Cave was formed in 1976 as Horse Cave Theatre. Its first play was George Bernard Shaw's "Candida." Almost every year since there has been a Shakespeare play. And there have been new plays which grew out of the Kentucky Voices program, a project to develop Kentucky playwrights and plays about Kentucky. Tom Chaney of The Bookstore on Water Street, just across the way from the theatre, well-known to CM readers as of author of "Of Writers And Their Books" was one of the founders.
This story was posted on 2011-02-25 12:20:43
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