Access Theater Welcomes New Leadership

Access Theater Welcomes New Leadership

Access Theater and founding Executive Director, Jacqueline Christy, are proud to announce the appointments of Taylor Norton as Artistic Director and Brandon Burk as Director of Operations. After bidding an incredibly fond farewell to outgoing Artistic Director Sarah Norris and outgoing Producing Director Michael Aguirre, Access has embraced these two new leaders who share a vision for enhancing the critical role Access plays in the lives of emerging artists.

Ms. Norton and Mr. Burk note: "We are so grateful to Sarah and Michael for their years of hard work supporting Access Theater's mission, and are thrilled that they will remain an integral part of the Access family. We are honored to build on their foundation, and will continue to provide a welcoming and supportive home for New York's most adventurous theatre artists. Under Jackie's executive leadership, Access Theater has always been a home for the new works of rising artists, and remains a fixture in the downtown theatre community. We are eager to cultivate and support the next generation of the Access community."

About Taylor Norton:

Taylor Norton is a graduate of the Directing program at the University of Michigan, and works as a freelance director and producer in New York City. She has directed and developed original works at Urban Stages, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the Araca Project, and has trained in the Artistic and Literary Departments of world-class New York theatres including Ars Nova, The New Group, and the Manhattan Theatre Club. More at

About Brandon Burk:

Brandon Burk is a professional actor and coach with over 25 years of experience. He holds an M.F.A. from UNLV's Professional Actor Training Program and a B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Burk has worked as an instructor and coach of acting, dialects/speech, and stage combat since 2004. He is also the former Artistic Director of The Onyx Theatre and Off-Strip Productions in Las Vegas.

About Access Theater:

Since 1992, Access Theater has been a home to New York City's leading downtown artists. It's 26-year history is rich with the early works of then-unknown theater artists, including: Stephen Belber, Brian Dykstra, Tom McCarthy, Peter Dinklage, Amy Redford, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Hollinger, David Foley, and Bedlam. Other artists who have worked at Access Theater include Julie Taymor, Robert Woodruff, The Public, Moisés Kaufman, Ethan Hawke, Labyrinth, and Allan Ball. Access supports emerging artists through our curated and subsidized rental program, the Access Association Series, and the Access Residency Program, which provides an artistic home for ten companies and artists annually. Access Theater leadership includes Jacqueline Christy (Executive Director), Taylor Norton (Artistic Director), and Brandon Burk (Director of Operations). The artistic community of Access Theater is grateful to have benefitted from the support of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the Broadway Green Alliance. To learn more about Access, visit

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