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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 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. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Jack and Elliot.

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Milwaukee Rep Announces PRELUDE TO A KISS THE MUSICAL World Premiere and More for 2024/25 Season

Milwaukee Repertory Theater announces its 2024/25 Season, featuring award-winning titles, world premieres, and more. Get all the details in the press release attached.

Video: Watch Director David Ivers Discuss PRELUDE TO A KISS, THE MUSICAL at South Coast Rep

Artistic Director and Director David Ivers discusses the beginnings of “Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical” at SCR. “For better or worse” takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita’s wedding—and their lives are forever changed. Watch the video here!

VIDEO: Take a Look Back at The Plays of Craig Lucas at South Coast Repertory

South Coast Repertory has released a look back at its productions of Craig Lucas's work in honor of its production of 'Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical', running April 5-May 4, 2024. Check out the video retrospective here!

South Coast Repertory Announces 2024 Outside SCR Production: THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON

South Coast Repertory announces their 2024 production of 'The Old Man and The Old Moon' in partnership with Mission San Juan Capistrano.

SCR Managing Director Paula Tomei Will Step Down After 44 Years

South Coast Repertory announced that Managing Director Paula Tomei will step down at the end of the current season—SCR's 60th and her 44th, with the last 30 years serving as managing director.

South Coast Repertory Announces World Premiere Of GALILEE, 34 By Eleanor Burgess To Round Out The 60th Season

South Coast Repertory announces the world premiere of 'Galilee, 34' by Eleanor Burgess. This insightful play explores the lives of Jesus' followers after the crucifixion.

Guthrie Theater to Bring Oscar Wilde's Classic Comedy, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, to the Stage

Get ready to be entertained by Guthrie Theater's rendition of the timeless comedy, 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde. Find out showtimes, ticket availability, and more.

South Coast Repertory 60th Season Including QUIXOTE NUEVO, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, And More

South Coast Repertory announced its 60th season, with a lineup that ranges from an American classic to contemporary works, with two world premieres—including one musical—and a special offering featuring pianist and actor Hershey Felder.

South Coast Repertory Presents World Premiere of AVAAZ

South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) brings you the story of the American journey through an Iranian American lens with the world premiere of avaaz by queer Iranian American playwright Michael Shayan. Directed by Tony Award-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God), avaaz runs April 29-May 27 on the Segerstrom Stage.

Northlight Announces Reading Of JOAN, A New Play About Joan Rivers

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the next installment of Interplay with Joan by David Goldstein, directed by David Ivers on Monday, May 1, 2023, at 7:00pm. The creative consultant is Larry Amoros. The reading is presented with permission from Mills Entertainment in association with Sheboygan Productions and Larry Amoros.

COLEMAN '72 World Premiere to be Presented at 25th Pacific Playwrights Festival

A cross-country journey that covers much more than miles takes the stage next as South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) present Coleman ’72 by Charlie Oh.

World Premiere of FOR THE PEOPLE & More Set for Guthrie Theater 2023-2024 Season

The Guthrie Theater has announced a robust 10-production lineup of cherished classics and insightful new work for its 2023–2024 Season. See the lineup, and how to purchase tickets!

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Wins Inaugural Pinnacle Commission From South Coast Repertory and Playwrights Horizons

South Coast Repertory and Playwrights Horizons have announced that playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has been awarded the first Pinnacle Commission.

South Coast Repertory Presents The Theatrical Event Of The Season: VOICES OF AMERICA

South Coast Repertory Artistic Director David Ivers described “Voices of America” as “an experience nobody's ever had before.” Managing Director Paula Tomei called it “adventurous theatre.” And the rotating repertory of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes and Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins—fits both descriptions as they explore shared themes of family, history and legacy.

South Coast Repertory Adds Extra Performance of NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN

Due to popular demand, South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) added an extra performance to its season-opening production of Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham.

Photos: First Look NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN At South Coast Repertory 

She was known as one of the 20th century's most powerful and impactful voices, not only as a singer, but also as a voice for the silent. South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) opens the 2022-23 season with Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham Oct. 2-23 on the Julianne Argyros Stage. See photos from the production.

Christina Ham's NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN Opens South Coast Repertory's 2022-23 Season

She was known as one of the 20th century's most powerful and impactful voices, not only as a singer, but also as a voice for the silent. South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) opens the 2022-23 season with Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham Oct. 2-23 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

First Annual OC Theatre Guild Award Winners Get Their Rewards

Live theater has not been killed off by the pandemic; it came roaring back Monday night during the inaugural OC Theatre Guild Awards ceremony at the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which was nearly filled to capacity.

BWW Review: OC's South Coast Repertory Offers World Premiere One-Man Play A SHOT RANG OUT

Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (TAKE ME OUT, THREE DAYS OF RAIN) has been commissioned to write A SHOT RANG OUT: A PLAY IN ONE MAN, which continues its World Premiere production at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA through November 6. Featuring ecstatic delivery by SCR Artistic Director David Ivers, this one-man extended lecture-slash-monologue disguised as a play is dense in meandering thoughts and good intentions, but sorely lacking in theatrical bang.

Theatre Aspen to Present Second Annual One-Person Show Festival SOLO FLIGHTS

Theatre Aspen will present its second annual one-person show festival, Solo Flights, as the third act of this year’s 38th summer season, launching next Wednesday, August 25 and running through Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at the Hurst Theatre in Aspen, Colorado. 

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