General Manger Don-Scott Cooper to Depart A.C.T. for New Orleans' Le Petit Theatre
American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced today that Don-Scott Cooper will depart the Bay Area's premier nonprofit theater organization after serving seven seasons as general manager. Cooper will begin his tenure as executive director of Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana beginning Monday, December 4.
"Serving as general manager of A.C.T. for the past seven years has been a highlight of my career," says Cooper. "It has been a privilege to work alongside some of the most talented and hardest working professionals who have worked tirelessly to support the art of live theater in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. I will miss all my wonderful colleagues at A.C.T., but look forward to my next challenge at Le Petit Theatre."
Says A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff: "We are thrilled Don-Scott will now have the opportunity to lead his own organization, something he truly deserves and is ready to take on. His contributions to A.C.T. over the past seven years have been immeasurable. In particular, I would like to thank him for the beautiful work he did in setting up successful co-productions between A.C.T. and leading theaters across the country. Next year's tour of A Thousand Splendid Suns will owe much of its success to Don-Scott. We send him off to New Orleans with so much love and gratitude!"
Don-Scott Cooper has managed more than 100 theater productions in New York and San Francisco throughout his career. A respected theater administrator, he recently managed the construction and renovation of A.C.T.'s Strand Theater, which opened in San Francisco's Central Market neighborhood in 2015. He has also served on the board of Theatre Bay Area since 2013 and is a member of the Board of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).
Prior to joining A.C.T. in 2011, he spent ten years in New York working as the general manager at both Second Stage Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company, where he managed Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Production highlights include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning Intimate Apparel, the Tony Award-nominated revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, the Tony Award-winning revival of Big River, Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy, and the World Premiere theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.
During his time at Second Stage, he served on the board of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. He currently oversees ArtShare, A.C.T.'s community space-sharing initiative. He has been on the negotiation committee for numerous collectively bargained union agreements.
The search for a new general manager has begun.