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Actors Theatre of Louisville names theatre veteran Robert Barry Fleming as newest artistic director


Robert Barry Fleming has been named Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Artistic Director.

The appointment was announced Monday by Mac Thompson, President of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore. Fleming comes to Louisville by way of Cleveland where he served as Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House. Previously, he was the Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His tenure at Actors Theatre begins June 1,.

Robert Barry Fleming

Fleming will be the theatre’s fifth Artistic Director, joining the list leaders who have guided the nationally-recognized theatre. He brings a varied portfolio and experience as an artistic leader, producer, director, choreographer, performer, teacher and coach. Fleming is also a native Kentuckian, raised in Frankfort.

“To come home and lead this singular organization with its distinguished legacy of artistic excellence is humbling and simply mind-blowing,” Fleming said. “I look forward to being a part of the collaborative, radically humanizing and inclusive artistic work at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Transformation begins with hearing each other’s stories and Actors Theatre has arguably been the vanguard in transforming the American theatrical canon through the Humana Festival of New American Plays, not to mention, shaping the next generation of top-tier theatre workers through the Professional Theatre Company.

“I’m thrilled that Robert will be joining the talented and dedicated team at Actors Theatre,” said Moore. “He brings such robust and multifaceted artistic experience as well as a deep belief in theatre as a space for all. I’m personally inspired by his vision for organizational collaboration that allows for transparency and transformation in equal measure. I very much look forward to our partnership as Actors Theatre enters its 56th season.”

Previous Artistic Director Les Waters spent seven seasons at the helm during which he welcomed and championed hundreds of artists, doubled the Theatre’s commissioning program and guided the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Following Waters’s departure in the summer of 2018, the Theatre’s Board of Directors embarked on an extensive national search process supported by a Search Committee comprised of staff and board members as well as community stakeholders. They were assisted by search consultant John Haynes.

From Actor’s Theatre of Louisville


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