PITTSBURGH, PA.: Pittsburgh Public Theater has named Marya Sea Kaminski its new artistic director. She replaces Ted Pappas, who will depart the theatre in August 2018 after 18 seasons. Kaminski is not the only new addition to the leadership team; Pittsburgh Public Theatre has also promoted director of external affairs Louis A. Castelli to managing director.
“Both are phenomenal choices and give us all supreme confidence that the Public’s reputation for gorgeous and engaging theatre, produced with fiscal integrity, will continue unabated, and that unprecedented adventures are in store,” said Pappas in a statement. The Pittsburgh Public Theatre is currently in its 43rd season.
Kaminski will relocate to Pittsburgh from her present home in Seattle, where she has served as associate artistic director at Seattle Repertory Theatre since 2014. She also has experience leading a theatre; she co-founded the Washington Ensemble Theatre in 2004 and served as co-artistic director there for five years.
Castelli has worked at Pittsburgh Public Theater for 20 years. He was first hired as a marketing director, and has served as director of external affairs since 2003.
“I am incredibly inspired by Pittsburgh Public Theater’s legacy of creating exquisite productions with gifted artists, both nationally and locally, and I have a terrific crush on the city of Pittsburgh,” Kaminski said in a statement. “I look forward to connecting to both the artists and the audiences there, and to collaborating with the Public’s staff, board, and creative community to build on the theatre’s tremendous legacy in new and exciting ways. I cannot wait to get to work.”