Alan Paul Named as the New Artistic Director of Barrington Stage

The Board of Trustees of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is pleased to announce Alan Paul as the company’s new Artistic Director. Paul, who is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, will succeed Julianne Boyd, BSC co-founder and Artistic Director, who is retiring at the end of the 2022 season after leading the company for 27 years. Paul’s programming for BSC will start with the 2023 season. 

“After a comprehensive nationwide search led by Albert Hall & Associates, Alan proved to be the perfect choice to succeed Julie,” commented BSC Board of Trustees President Marita Glodt. “He is an enormous talent, a successful director, a collaborative leader, invested in community and a champion of diversity and inclusion. He has demonstrated his love of classics, musicals and new works and his extensive knowledge of the theatrical canon. He will honor the past and develop new and exciting programming for our audiences.  We are thrilled that he will be joining Barrington Stage as our Artistic Director and look forward to introducing him to the Berkshires.” 

“It is my great honor to be the next Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company. I am deeply inspired by the incredible staff and artists who have made BSC such a vibrant hub for both classics and new work,” said Alan Paul. “I am excited to build on BSC’s legacy as an incubator for new plays and musicals from a broad variety of voices. Musicals are my first love, and I plan to make the advancement of musical theater a cornerstone of my vision. The Berkshires are a magical place for theater, and I look forward to becoming an active member of the community.

“I am pleased and delighted with the choice of Alan Paul to lead BSC. He has a history of bold and inventive work in new musicals and classics, both with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and at prestigious theatres around the country. Moreover, we connected artistically from the moment I met him,” said Julianne Boyd. “I am so proud of the work we’ve done at BSC in close to three decades, but it is time for someone to lead the theatre in exciting new directions, both on our stages and in our community. Alan is the ideal person to be Barrington Stage’s new artistic leader.” 

Alan Paul is the Associate Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he has worked since 2007. He also works as a theater director and is equally passionate about directing new plays and musicals as he is about re-discovering classics. His shows at Shakespeare Theatre Company have bridged the gap between classical and popular culture. His productions of CamelotKiss Me Kate, and Man of La Mancha are the theater’s #2, #3, and #4 highest selling productionsand Camelot won the Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical. Alan has received acclaim for his bold interpretations of Shakespeare, including a modern-dress Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors set in 1960s Greece. Alan recently directed the film of Patrick Page’s All the Devils Are Here, which was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and seen widely across America. At STC, Alan has been a leading producer on over 75 productions spanning all eras and styles. He plays a major role in season planning, artistic programming, and creating co-productions with other theaters. Alan has produced and directed the theater’s biggest fundraisers with artists such as Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, and Angela Bassett, and public figures including President Bill Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Camilla Parker Bowles. Alan is particularly dedicated to new work and has spent much of his career developing new plays and musicals. At STC, Alan commissioned Lauren Gunderson to write a feminist reimagining of Peter Pan and Wendy which premiered in 2019. He has brought in significant composers such as Michael John LaChiusa, Daniel Kluger, and Jenny Giering to compose scores for his productions.

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