Kentucky Shakespeare Welcomes Producing Artistic Director, Brantley M. Dunaway
April 23, 2010
LOUISVILLE, KY APRIL 23, 2010 ‐ Kentucky Shakespeare is pleased to introduce Brantley M. Dunaway as Producing Artistic Director. Mr. Dunawaywill lead every aspect of the organization’s many Shakespeare‐based initiatives, from its free plays in Central Park and its state‐wide educationalprogramming, to its summer camps and professional development series.
The hire follows an extensive, six‐month national search which drew interest from over 30 candidates. Despite fierce competition from outstandinglocal and national applicants, Mr. Dunaway was chosen for his unique ability to both embrace and enact the organization’s mission of using theworks of Shakespeare to enrich the community.
“It was a very difficult decision with so many terrific candidates, but that’s a good problem to have,” said Board President, Mac Thompson. “Brantley offers an incredible blend of experience, energy, and know‐how that makes him an excellent fit for a dynamic arts organization like Kentucky Shakespeare.”
Mr. Dunaway has been an active professional in the entertainment industry for the better part of 20 years, with extensive experience in Performance Theatre and Feature Film. He served as the Artistic Director of “The Centre,” an 1853‐seat facility located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He was also the Artist Director of The Denver Civic Theatre, a multi‐stage facility and art gallery. While in Denver, Mr. Dunaway was showcased by 5280 Magazine as one of the top 22 people to watch in Business and Community Leadership.
Mr. Dunaway also garners several Broadway credits including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Bombay Dreams, which subsequently ran in London for two years, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, which premiered in Los Angeles and starred the late Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce.
Mr. Dunaway recently lived in Los Angeles where he co‐produced the film adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera by Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marques, which starred Academy Award recipient Javier Bardem and was penned by the Oscar winning writer Ronald Harwood.
Mr. Dunaway has also spent a great deal of his time in the acquisition and development of two great American novels inked by the renownedwriter Tom Wolfe, I am Charlotte Simmons and Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.
In March, he showcased his performance abilities by appearing on CBS’s Emmy‐nominated prime time drama Criminal Minds.
“Brantley brings extensive and unique experience to Kentucky Shakespeare and to Louisville,” said Board President‐Elect Marjorie Dufek. “We’re excited about working with him as he leads the company into our next 50 years.”
Currently in the process of relocating, Mr. Dunaway will assume his official responsibilities in May just as Kentucky Shakespeare begins a yearlong celebration of its 50th Anniversary.
“My family and I feel blessed by the opportunity,” said Mr. Dunaway. “Kentucky Shakespeare has such a rich and notable history of using theater toenhance its community. The organization demonstrates an unwavering passion for education that is to be commended. In both the community and the organization, I see a breadth of opportunity, and I am honored and excited to call Kentucky home.”
Kentucky Shakespeare’s “Festival in Central Park” begins June 16 with free productions of “The Tempest” and “Richard III.”
Children can also enroll for summer camps which focus on theater and performance.