Producing Artistic Director
Kent Thompson was named Artistic Director of the Denver Center Theatre Company in 2005. Since coming to the company, he has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, Dusty and the Big Bad World
, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
, King Lear
and Measure for Measure
Prior to moving to Denver he was Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 years. His production of Macbeth
was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), to tour 13 US military bases in the fall of 2004. In 1991 Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project (SWP), designed to commission and develop new plays that presented 16 world premieres during his tenure.
Two of Kent’s major accomplishments since moving to Denver have been the Colorado New Play Summit, a premier national festival for new American plays, and the establishment of the Women’s Voices Fund, commissioning and developing of new plays by women.
He served for eight years on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as its president for three years. He has served on peer review panels for the NEA (also chair), TCG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Fulbright Scholars Program, The Wallace Funds, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.