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Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Names New Producing Artistic Director

September 21, 2008

Louisville, KY, September 21, 2008 –Kentucky Shakespeare Festival announced the appointment of Anthony Patton as the company’s new Producing Artistic Director. Mr. Patton succeeds Curt Tofteland, who announced his retirement this summer after 20 years of leadership to the Festival. Mr. Patton will formally begin his tenure with Kentucky Shakespeare Festival on November 3.


Mr. Patton comes to Louisville from New York City, where a long and varied career in the arts led to his most recent position as Director of Operations for Ballet Hispanico. Prior to this position, Mr. Patton was the Manager of the Alliance of Resident Theatres in New York City, and the Producing Artistic Director for the Trinity Players in Astoria. An accomplished playwright and director, Mr. Patton holds an MA degree from New York University and a BA degree from the University of Tennessee. Commenting on the selection of Anthony Patton, Board President Gordon Strauss said “We are delighted to welcome a person with such passion for Shakespeare to lead Kentucky Shakespeare Festival as it begins a new era in Kentucky. In 2010, the Festival will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, and the board looks forward to working with Anthony as we craft the vision for the company’s next 50 years.”


Reflecting on the upcoming anniversary, Curt Tofteland added, “Anthony brings a wealth of professional experience to his new role as Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.  I anticipate his leadership will guide the festival solidly forward into the next 50 years.”