Tony Award-Winner William Trice to Lead Arkansas Repertory Theatre

by Sarah Campbell-Miller  on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 9:14 am   2 min read

William Trice

Arkansas Repertory Theatre has named William Trice its new executive artistic director.

Trice, a Little Rock native, has served as Broadway producer in New York since 2010, producing work that has earned him three Tony Awards and five nominations.

"After the year we've been through with suspending productions and re-evaluating our entire operations, we're thrilled to have Will join our team," Ruth Shepherd, The Rep's board chair, said in a news release. "He is uniquely positioned with his vast experience and ties to central Arkansas to lead at this specific point in The Rep's history."

As executive artistic director, a newly created position, Trice will be responsible for management and budgeting in addition to providing the artistic vision. He assumes his new role in August but has been serving as a consultant since December.

"The way this organization has rallied over the past year shows how much The Rep is cherished, and it's an honor to have a role in mapping its future," he said in the release.

Trice has served as a producer for nearly 30 productions on Broadway, the West End and National Tours.

Before becoming a producer, Trice worked as a business analyst with management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, an artistic administration associate with The Metropolitan Opera and as a strategic growth associate with alternative asset managers D.E. Shaw & Company.

He holds degrees from Southern Methodist and Northwestern Universities.

Trice began his theater career on stages in central Arkansas, and he appeared on The Rep stage in 1994, in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers."

"I was lucky enough to grow up in a community that values the arts and supports institutions presenting music, dance, opera, visual arts and theatre – all with superb quality," Trice said in the release. "I can't wait to come back home and help create The Rep's next edition of a great night out."

Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now for the 2019 season, which includes "Chicago," "Native Gardens," "Million Dollar Quartet" and "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play."

The Rep will also present a full-scale production of "Willy Wonka Jr.," featuring actors ages 9-18.

The 2019 season opens Feb. 20 with "Chicago."



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