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Intiman Theatre Names Phillip Chavira Executive Director

Chavira will work alongside leadership with an eye toward diverse employment on and off stage.

SEATTLE: Intiman Theatre has announced Phillip Chavira will be filling the new position of executive director, and will work alongside other leadership, including the this season’s co-curator, Sara Porkalob.

“With his clear mission alignment and strong managerial experience, Phillip was the clear choice to partner with to write the next chapter in Intiman’s long history,” said Intiman board president Kevin Malgesini in a statement.

Phillip Chavira (Photo by Zachary Tyler Newton)

Having brought on producing artistic director Andrew Russell in 2012 to re-imagine Intiman’s operating model, Malgesini the last five years have been “incredibly fruitful.” “Through increased fiscal stability and a clarified mission we knew it was time to add another partner into the fold as we look ahead,” he added in a statement.

The Intiman board of trustees conducted a national search for the position and met with both local and national candidates. Chavira now joins Malgesini and Russell in leading Intiman.

Phillip is a producer and activist with a history of producing Broadway and New York City non-profit theatre. In 2016, Chavira received a Tony nomination for co-producing Danai Gurira‘s Eclipsed.

With an MBA from Fordham University and BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chavira has worked with artistic directors and producers who choose teams and productions that provide diverse employment on and off stage. In 2016, Chavira helped support the Ten Thousand Girls Campaign, which was created to bring underprivileged youth to experience live theatre for the first time. Chavira has also worked as producing partner at Broadway production company Davelle, and co-founded the nonprofit theatre company Partly Cloudy People to empower female talent. He also worked as the Global HR Manager at, a digital fabrication studio with urban factories in NYC and London.

“My producing motto is ‘Keep Color On Stage’, which means high-level managers hire diverse staff that choose equally inclusive scripts, and find the means to make it happen,” Chavira said in a statement. “I work with artists that support equality and rights for all, and this is why I am joining the Intiman family. I am so happy to have found a new home at Intiman and join progressive artists who work daily for equality.”


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