Juilliard nabs new drama director

Juilliard School has tapped producer, theater administrator and director James Houghton to be the school’s Richard Rodgers director of drama starting with the 2006-07 academic and performance season.

The founding artistic director of Gotham’s Signature Theater Company, Houghton will remain there as he takes on his new post at the Juilliard drama division, a four-year conservatory for actors and playwrights.

Houghton succeeds Michael Kahn, who completes a 14-year tenure as Richard Rodgers director at the close of the current academic term. Kahn, who has been a drama faculty member at Juilliard since the division was created in 1968, will continue as a teacher at the school.

As artistic director of the not-for-profit Signature Theater, Houghton set the company’s agenda of single-playwright seasons, with playwrights such as Edward Albee, Lee Blessing and Horton Foote.

Additionally, Houghton is an artistic adviser to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, a position he has held since 1998.

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