PORTLAND, ORE.: Liam Kaas-Lentz has been named the new managing director of Portland Center Stage (PCS). He will succeed Cynthia Fuhrman in the role, leading the company alongside artistic director Marissa Wolf, after having served as interim managing director since March 2022.
“It’s a joy to sojourn forward together with Liam Kaas-Lentz as a co-executive leader at PCS,” said Marissa Wolf in a statement. “We’ve worked closely together in bringing to life exhilarating theatre onstage over the past four years, and most recently, his vision and leadership have been instrumental in navigating PCS through the complexity of the pandemic recovery period, toward the company’s sustainable and thriving future.”
Kaas-Lentz has worked in various roles at PCS for nearly a decade, previously serving as general manager, director of production, and production manager, among other positions. Originally from Bellingham, Wash., he has worked in theatre management in Portland for more than 20 years. He has also served as production manager for Portland Playhouse, Sojourn Theatre, Hand2Mouth Theatre, and Risk/Reward. He has stage managed for Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Hand2Mouth Theatre, CoHo Productions, Teatro Milagro, Pixie Dust Productions, Geva Theatre Center, PCPA, National Public Radio, and The Kitchen. Kaas-Lentz received his BFA from Southern Oregon University and his M.Ed. from Portland State University, and he has taught theatrical management at several universities.
“I’m honored to be named Portland Center Stage’s new managing director,” said Kaas-Lentz in a statement. “As we continue growing out of the COVID-19 closures, PCS is poised to emerge stronger than it’s ever been, with its newly established mission to create transcendent theatrical experiences and community programs that break down the barriers separating people.”
Portland Center Stage at the Armory (PCS) is a leading regional theatre company in Portland, Ore. The company produces a mix of classic, contemporary, and world-premiere productions, along with a variety of education and community programs. PCS aims to create transcendent theatrical experiences and community programs that break down the barriers separating people. As of 2020, Portland Center Stage had a budget of approximately $9.1 million.
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