Barry Ivan Takes Top Job At NMST

The Board of Trustees of North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) recently announced the appointment of Barry Ivan as the theater's new Artistic Director and Executive Producer. Ivan will succeed Jon Kimbell, who after 25 years as Artistic Director and Executive Producer of NSMT, will be assuming the new role as Artistic Director Emeritus.
A nationally recognized director and choreographer, Ivan’s versatile career includes work in New York City theater, television and film.  His accomplishments range from directing and choreographing more than 20 musicals at NSMT to being a guest director at Yale University. His international credits include directing and choreographing "West Side Story" at the German State Opera.  A four-time Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) nominee for Best Director and Best Choreographer, his productions of "The Full Monty "and "Hairspray" at NSMT both received IRNE awards for Best Musical.
Highlights from his extensive regional theater career include directing and choreographing "Company" starring Malcolm Gets and Michelle Pawk; "Anything Goes" starring Carolee Carmello; and several productions of Stephen Sondheim’s "A Little Night Music," including a recent production starring Dee Hoty and Tony Award winning actress Beth Leavel

Actively involved in the development of new works, he staged Tony Award winning composer Maury Yeston’s new musical, "In The Beginning," and recently directed "Tales of Tinsel Town" for The Director’s Company in New York City.
“Barry’s extensive history with North Shore Music Theatre combined with his tremendous arts industry knowledge and expertise, make him the ideal person to serve as the chief artistic officer of NSMT,” said David Fellows, Chairman of the NSMT Board of Trustees.  “As the director and choreographer of several of NSMT’s most popular and critically acclaimed productions, Barry has an acute understanding of audience trends and tastes.  His guidance and expertise will be essential to the future growth and development of the Theatre.”
Through the end of the 2007 season, Ivan will work closely with Jon Kimbell to ensure a smooth transition of the day-to-day Artistic Director and Executive Producer responsibilities.  In February, 2008, he will assume the full-time Artistic Director and Executive Producer role.  In addition, he plans to direct and choreograph at least one musical each season.

-- OnStage Boston


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