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Marc Masterson, Actors Theatre of Louisville


Marc Masterson Marc Masterson has been artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville since 2001. He is an award-winning director with distinguished experience as a leader in the cultural community of Pittsburgh, PA, where he served as producing director of City Theatre for 20 years. In Louisville, he has rapidly become recognized as a talented artistic director who is dedicated to building a dynamic relationship among ATL, its artists, and its community.

Marc’s recent directing credits at Actors include the premieres of Russell Davis’ The Second Death of Priscilla, Charles Mee’s Limonade Tous les Jours, and Richard Dresser’s Wonderful World, as well as As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, and his acclaimed three-actor production of Macbeth. In all, he has more than 100 professional productions to his credit as a director. He cites The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam (2000), Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher (American Theatre Critics citation, 1999), and Gross Indecency: Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman (1999) as other favorites.

Humana Festival With video designer Valerie Sullivan Fuchs as collaborator, Marc has explored innovative ways of incorporating multimedia into traditional theatrical forms. As a producer, he has brought new artists to Louisville audiences, including playwrights August Wilson, Craig Wright, and Michael Hollinger, plus dozens of Humana Festival of New American Plays playwrights. He created Actors Theatre’s first Education Department and has doubled the number of performances for young audiences.

Marc earned his M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and has taught at both universities. He was founder and chairman of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance and a member of the boards of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania and Leadership Pittsburgh. He also has served as a panel member for the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and several private foundations. He won the Man of the Year Vectors Award in 1998 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. He has been married to Patricia Melvin for 20 years, and they have two daughters, Laura and Alex.


Program 619

A preview of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2004 Humana Festival of New American Plays, sculptor Garry Bibbs of Lexington, and the “swampabilly” music of Junkyard Jane. (#619)

Program 634

A look at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2004 Humana Festival of New American Plays, sculptor Garry Bibbs of Lexington, and the “swampabilly” music of Junkyard Jane. (#634)





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