Guthrie Theater Artistic Director Joseph Haj announced the appointment of David Stewart as Production Director.
Stewart previously served as academic production manager at Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. He joins the Guthrie staff Nov. 2.
“David will be a wonderful fit for this organization,” said Haj. “Not only does he have experience in production, he also has a strong background in stage management and events management. David is heavily involved with USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology), and is a national thought leader and public speaker on equity, diversity and inclusivity in the field of production. I’m thrilled to have him join us.”
“My current chair of theater and dance, Brant Pope, said to me, ‘David, when the Yankees call, you answer,'” said Stewart. “Well, the internationally acclaimed Guthrie Theater called, and I’m more than thrilled to answer that call. The opportunity to work with Joe and his mission of continuing the excellence in art as well as celebrating diverse voices in our industry is an amazing adventure that I am ready to embark upon. This is a wonderful opportunity, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Guthrie Theater staff and the greater Twin Cities theater community.”
Prior to his work at the University of Texas at Austin, Stewart held positions at the University of Wisconsin – Madison as production manager and head of stage management, director of production for the Office of Multi-Cultural Arts Institute, production stage manager for Varsity Band, and event producer for the Chancellors Office. He has served as an AEA stage manager for Madison Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, St. Louis Muny, Kansas City Starlight Outdoor Musicals and The Little Theatre on the Square and Vienna Austria’s English Theatre. In addition, Stewart is the commissioner for the management commission and chair for the People of Color Network at USITT as well as co-founder of the highly successful Gateway Program. He has two nationally published articles on diversity in theater production, is the technical editor for two upcoming theater management books, and holds a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Stewart replaces Frank Butler who announced last July he would be relocating this fall.