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.
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