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Emily Van Fleet. (Photo by Brooke Ashlee Photography.)

Emily Van Fleet Named Creede Rep Artistic Director

A longtime member of the theatre’s acting company, she succeeds interim leader Kate Berry, who stepped in when John DiAntonio left last fall.

CREEDE, COLO.: Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) has named Emily Van Fleet their new artistic director. Van Fleet will join the theatre on August 3rd.

“I have known Emily for over a decade as a collaborator, friend, and fellow parent-artist,” CRT managing director Morgan Manfredi said in a statement. “She comes to this position with a long history and deep love for CRT and our community. I am thrilled to welcome another multi-talented woman to our staff and work closely with her toward Creede Rep’s bright future.”

Van Fleet has been a member of the CRT acting company since 2012 and directed CRT’s 2018 production of The Wizard of Oz. Her regional acting and directing credits include the Arvada Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and Little Theatre of the Rockies, among others. Van Fleet holds a BA in musical theatre from the University of Northern Colorado.

“I knew from my very first season as a company member that I wanted to be a part of CRT’s future,” Van Fleet said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be ushering CRT into this next phase and look forward to building lasting relationships with its patrons and community through entertaining, inventive, and inspiring storytelling.”

Van Fleet will replace Kate Berry, who has served as CRT’s interim artistic director since last October, when longtime leader John DiAntonio left to lead Utah Shakespeare Festival. Berry will continue as marketing director.

Creede Repertory Theatre is an artistic home for the rural community of Creede, Colo. and beyond. CRT is committed to being a haven for artistic excellence, belonging, and intrinsic joy. As of 2021, the theatre had a budget of approximately $1.8 million.

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