David Ivers named Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company
After a nationwide search Arizona Theatre Company, the state's largest and most influential theatre, announced David Ivers, (MFA‘95) will become its new artistic director in July. Most recently Mr. Ivers served as the artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival for seven years, having acted and directed in more than 50 productions over two decades with that company. His predecessor at ATC, David Ira Goldstein, also a Uof M grad (BFA '76; MFA '82) headed the organization as artistic director for 21 years.
Both alumni played in University Theatre productions and worked on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat during their studies on the Twin Cities campus. David Ivers appeared in The Mousetrap (1993) staged by Charles Nolte on the last production on the original boat, General John Newton, before it was dry docked for repairs. David Ira Goldstein acted in the Showboat’s repertory in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Tavern, and Trial by Jury (1974) and in Hazel Kirke (1981) under the direction of the department’s legendary "Doc" Frank Whiting.
Mr. Ivers as Utah Artistic Director helped usher in a $40 million expansion of facilities that included two new theatres, a new rehearsal hall, costume shop, and administrative offices. Mr. Ivers also spent 10 years as a resident artist building over 40 productions as actor/director with the acclaimed Denver Center Theatre Company.
Early in his career, Mr. Ivers was the Associate Artistic Director of Portland Repertory Theatre and appeared in productions at some of the country’s top regional theatres, including Portland Center Stage and The Oregon, Alabama, and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, among others.
In the last several seasons he has directed work at the Guthrie Theater (where he will return in November to direct Blithe Spirit), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Hand to God, One Man Two Guvnors), The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Coconuts, Taming of the Shrew), South Coast Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, and others. In addition, Mr. Ivers has taught at several colleges and universities and gave his first TEDx talk in 2015.