Zoe Alexis Scott Named New Managing Director of Seattle Public Theater

Seattle Public Theater (SPT) announces the arrival of new Managing Director, Zoë Alexis Scott. A third-generation enthusiast of the performing arts, Scott most recently served as Executive Director of The Grand, an historic theatre and nonprofit organization on the coast of Maine, from 2008 to 2013. This was a transformational time for the organization with Scott leading a community-wide restoration campaign and a turnaround in educational programming.

Scott's commitment to nonprofit arts organizations began in the 1980s in Northern California, where she co-founded the West Marin Music Festival, the West Marin Children's Chorus and acted as Executive Director for the Baroque Arts Ensemble of San Francisco. She studied at American Conservatory Theatre and has performed roles with small companies. In 2012 she performed with Penobscot Theatre Company in a Maine premiere of Stephen Dietz's Becky's New Car.

"I am delighted and honored to collaborate with the talented individuals at Seattle Public Theater," says Scott. "This organization has enough passion for the stage lights to be seen from space!"

Scott has been long dedicated to building financial and leadership success by creating strong relationships with the organization's patrons, donors, and those community members and artists who envision and appreciate cultural education and collaborations as vital to our human experience.

"Zoë rose to the top of a large and impressive field of applicants," says SPT Board President, Neill Warfield. "She has an extensive leadership background in the arts. Just as importantly, she showed an immediate understanding and appreciation of SPT's mission and culture."

"Culture runs through our lives from birth to death," says Scott, "and those singular experiences of watching a provocative live performance, discovering the well of humor or sorrow that connects us to each other and to the world ... this is what makes theatre one of the best things on earth."

"Zoë is a remarkable woman, an inspirational leader, a savvy businesswoman, and an incredible storyteller," says SPT Educational and Artistic Director, Shana Bestock. "She is passionate about creating. Intelligent and articulate, she combines intuitive understanding of Seattle Public and our community with a fantastically fresh perspective. I look forward to introducing her to our community, and I have every faith that she will steer this ship with grace, aplomb, responsibility, and integrity."

UP NEXT AT SEATTLE PUBLIC THEATER - SPT in association with the Hansberry Project is proud to present the Seattle Premiere of Nathan Louis Jackson'sBroke-ology.

Rich in spirit, poor in cash, William King wants his sons to have a better life. But as William's health fails, the brothers come home to face tough decisions. Can they keep their sense of humor and home intact?

Broke-ology previews September 26 and runs September 27- October 20, 2013 at the historic Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (206) 524-1300 or online at www.seattlepublictheater.org.

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