Director takes over company in spring 2008

Director and dramaturg Eric Rosen has been appointed artistic director for the Kansas City Rep, taking over the helm of the company in spring 2008.

Rosen, 37, is currently a.d. of About Face Theater, a Chicago company he co-founded in 1995, focusing on new works related to gender and sexual identity.

At About Face, Rosen was involved in more than 30 world premieres, and played a key role in developing Doug Wright’s Pulitzer- and Tont-winning “I Am My Own Wife.” More recently, Rosen developed and directed the premiere of Matt Sax’s one-man musical “Clay,” which went on to a production at the Kirk Douglas Theater in L.A. About Face currently is presenting the world premiere of “Wedding Play,” which Rosen wrote and directed.

Kansas City Rep produces in two theaters, the 630-seat Spencer and its new second space, the 320-seat Copaken, which opened in February. The company, which has over 10,000 subscribers and a budget of $6.5 million, has been without an artistic chief since Peter Altman retired at the end of the 2006/2007 season.

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