WATERTOWN, MASS.: New Repertory Theatre has named director, choreographer, and playwright Michael J. Bobbitt as the new artistic director effective this upcoming summer.
“Michael brings many strengths to New Rep,” said New Rep Board President Chip Phinney in a statement. “We are particularly impressed with his demonstrated ability to draw new and diverse audiences to the theatre through innovative programming and community engagement. He is a proven leader and builder who combines artistic passion with a keen business acumen. We are very excited to welcome Michael to New Rep and to work with him in the years to come.”
Bobbitt served as the artistic director of the Adventure Theatre MTC (Musical Theatre Center) in Maryland for over a decade. Over the span of his 12-year tenure there, Bobbitt drummed up national recognition for the theatre by making it especially accessible to young audiences. At New Rep Bobbitt will succeed Jim Petosa, who has been artistic director since 2012.
“The conversations I’ve had with Harriet, Jim [Petosa], the board, the staff, and the search committee members have been invigorating, exciting, and heartfelt,” said Bobbitt. “Our discussions have given me a real snapshot of the New Rep community, what’s important to them, and how it translates theatrically. As we enter New Rep’s 35th anniversary season, I look forward to learning more by diving into more conversations with subscribers, donors, artists, and the New Rep family.”
New Repertory Theatre, in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, strives to self-produce new work and choose pieces that add to an ever-growing global conversation.