After a nationwide search, the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) board of directors has named David Ivers as ATC’s new artistic director. Ivers will begin his new role on July 1.
ATC’s current artistic director, David Ira Goldstein, will remain with the company until June 30 when his 25-year tenure will officially come to end and he moves on to pursue new challenges and opportunities. He will become artistic director emeritus.
“The search process, guided and organized by consulting and executive recruiting firm AlbertHall & Associates, was extensive and, ultimately, incredibly rewarding with the hiring of David Ivers,” said ATC board chair Lynne Wood Dusenberry. “There were a number of truly wonderful candidates for the position, but David was clearly the right person to build upon David Ira Goldstein’s remarkable artistic legacy and guide Arizona Theatre Company to the next level of success.”
Ivers served as artistic director at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for seven years, having acted and directed in more than 50 productions with the company over 20 years.
During his tenure, Ivers, a native of San Rafael, Calif. who holds a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Minnesota, helped lead a $40 million facilities expansion that included two new theatres, a new rehearsal hall, costume shop and administrative offices.
“Because of the richness of the cultural offerings and heritage in both Phoenix and Tucson, I’m humbled and excited about Arizona Theatre Company’s impact, contribution and potential as we start the next half century,” Ivers said. “ATC has been and should be the crown cultural jewel of Arizona and, though we bring great, thoughtful and quality theater to two different communities, we serve the entire state.”