Charles Towers

Charles Towers (Artistic Director) MRT’s Artistic Director since 2001, he previously served as Artistic Director of Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk) and Portland Stage Company (Maine) and has been a guest director at theatres across the country.  London: Nixon’s Nixon (Russell Lees) West End premiere. New York: Secret Order (Bob Clyman) off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters.  World Premieres: Beat Generation (Jack Kerouac, staged reading), The Exceptionals (Bob Clyman),  The Last Days of Mickey & Jean (Richard Dresser), Real Hush Hush (John Corwin), The Art of Sacrifice (Anthony Clarvoe), and Fallen (Craig Warner) all at MRT; Vernon Early (Horton Foote) at Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The Dead-Eye Boy (Angus MacLachlan) at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. American Premieres: My Mother Said I Never Should (Charlotte Keatley), Huntington Theatre Company; The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B and Fairy Tales of New York (both by J. P. Donleavy), Virginia Stage Company.  Regional: Notable productions at MRT include Ghost-Writer, Four Places, The Last Days of Mickey & Jean, The Seafarer, A View of the Harbor, Skylight, A Delicate Balance, The Pursuit of Happiness, Secret Order, Dinah Was, Augusta, The Homecoming, The Price, Rounding Third, Boston Marriage, The Drawer Boy, Gun-Shy and Three Days of Rain.  Other regional work includes productions of Beckett, Pinter, Mamet, Williams, and Shakespeare at such theatres as The Old Globe, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Opera: Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Virginia Opera Company. Other: Mr. Towers has served on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Theatre Advisory Panel.  He lives in Lowell with his 13-year old son. 

Elizabeth KegleyElizabeth Kegley (Executive Director) MRT:This is Elizabeth’s first season with Merrimack Repertory Theatre. She previously served as Managing Director of Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, TX, and was an AEA Stage Manager for 10 years. New York: The Bald Soprano & The Lesson, The Cherry Orchard (Atlantic Theater Company); Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival); Mr. Fox: A Rumination (Signature Theatre, with Bill Irwin); Apparition (directed by Les Waters), Radio Macbeth, bobrauschenbergamerica, La Dispute, and Score with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.Regional: Back, Back, Back, The Good Negro, The Beauty Plays, It’s a Bird...It’s a Plane...It’s Superman, and three rounds of A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center); Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Hamlet, Henry VIII, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Colorado Shakespeare Festival); The Glass Menagerie, Our Town (Two River Theater Company); three seasons with American Repertory Theatre as production associate and assistant stage manager on productions including Marat/Sade, Absolution, and The Sound of a Voice (with Philip Glass and David Henry Hwang). Other: Elizabeth received her MBA from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and her Master of Arts in Arts Management from Meadows School of the Arts where she worked with The Dallas Opera, Dallas Business Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She spent a semester at Bocconi University in Milan studying cultural policy and international arts funding systems and studied in London and Florence through the Arts in Context program of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Elizabeth graduated cum laude from Macalester College with a degree in Dramatic Arts and a minor in German Studies.


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