Director will lead Off Broadway company

Jonathan Silverstein has been named the new artistic director of Keen Company, the Off Broadway troupe known for its revivals of 20th century plays.

He’ll replace founder and current a.d. Carl Forsman, who departs the company to become the Dean of Drama at the School of the Arts at U. of North Carolina.

Silverstein has been a resident director at Keen since 2007, helming company outings including “Lemon Sky,” “The Dining Room” and “Tea and Sympathy.” He also directed “The Temperamentals,” which proved successful enough in a summer run than it spawned a commercial transfer in 2010.

Founded in 2000, Keen has over the course of its lifespan won a couple of Obies, an Obie grant and a special Drama Desk for its work.

Silverstein starts in his new post at Keen July 1.

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