Kevin Malgesini Is New Managing Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre

Malgesini will fill the role vacated by former managing director Karen Sharp.

Kevin Malgesini. (Photo by Eva Blanchard)

SEATTLE: Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) has announced the appointment of Kevin Malgesini as managing director. He will replace former managing director Karen Sharp, who recently resigned after 19 years with the theatre. Malgesini will lead SCT with artistic director Courtney Sale starting May 21.

“Kevin is an incredible addition to SCT, bringing tremendous energy, creativity, and experience that will complement our existing leadership team, as well as offer fresh approaches to our operations and development,” said Courtney Sale in a statement. “I look forward to partnering with him to build upon SCT’s exceptional reputation and continue to create life-changing experiences for children.”

Malgesini previously spent five years at Town Hall Seattle, where he most recently served as the advancement director. Additionally, he brings an extensive strategic planning and board development background, including a two-year tenure as the board president of Intiman Theatre, for which he has served as a trustee since 2011.

Said Town Hall Seattle’s executive director, Wier Harman, in a statement, “Kevin has been a remarkable leader at Town Hall, as well as a vital part of the success of our capital project. We are a stronger organization for his time here, and we know SCT will also be stronger for his service. SCT is a bona fide local treasure, and a critical piece of the national theatre ecosystem. Kevin is the perfect leader to help shape their next chapter.”

Said Malgesini in a statement, “As a native Washingtonian, SCT has been instrumental in my own life, setting a high bar for the caliber of theatre and theatre education every young person should have access to. And that legacy continues as I introduce my own nieces and nephews to their first professional theatre experiences here at SCT. I am thrilled to be joining the team at Seattle Children’s Theatre to continue the legacy of bringing professional theatre with an emphasis of new works and education to young audiences throughout our region.”

Seattle Children’s Theatre, which celebrates its 44th season in 2018-19, produces professional theatre, educational programs, and new scripts for young audiences.