Drama for Houghton

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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