Richard Rose announces plans to retire as Barter Theatre director

Published 8:14 am Monday, October 28, 2019

In conjunction with the unveiling of Barter Theatre’s 2020 season, Richard Rose has announced his plans to retire from the organization December 31, 2019.

Rose is leaving his post as producing artistic director after a long and storied career, including 27 yearsof dedicated service at Barter Theatre and over 150 productions directed. He is known throughout the region and the country as a bold and innovative leader who propelled Barter Theatre to unprecedented success and acclaim.

“It is hard to accurately portray what Rick Rose has meant to Barter Theatre, or how great of an impact he has had on the arts in our region,” said Kyle Macione, president of Barter’s Board of

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Trustees. “Anyone who knows Rick understands his deep, unwavering love of Barter Theatre, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, we sincerely thank him for his many years of leadership and wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

Rose will serve as producing artistic advisor throughout the remainder of the year, facilitating a smooth transition in leadership and directing one of his favorite plays this holiday season with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” the holiday classic tale of joy and goodwill.

“I’ve had the honor to be able to lead Barter Theatre over the last 27 years. Interacting with all of the truly wonderful patrons, the many passionate and excellent members of Barter’s Board of

Trustees, and the truly exceptional talent that has graced the Barter stage are among the greatest joys of my life,” said Richard Rose. “We have been planning a leadership transition for Barter Theatre over the past several years, and now is the time for this transition to occur. In my life, it is time for me to spend more quality time with my wife, Amanda, and enjoy a new chapter in our life as well.

In keeping with the organization’s Board-approved succession plan, Katy Brown, Barter’s associate artistic director, has been appointed producing artistic director, taking over leadership of the theatre. Brown becomes the fourth artistic director in the theatre’s 86-year history and the organization’s first female chief executive. In her twenty-first year at Barter, Katy Brown has directed over 100 professional productions, and she has served as artistic director for both The Barter Players and The Barter Players Encore Company.

“I am so grateful to have had the chance to learn and grow here at Barter, and I am especially grateful to Rick Rose for all the opportunities he has given me and this company over the years,”

said Katy Brown. “Barter is made up of an amazing group of artists and dedicated professionals, and I could not be more excited to collaborate with them, and the people of this region, in

building a strong and sustainable future.”