DAVID IRA GOLDSTEINArtistic Director
Mr. Goldstein this year celebrates his twenty-second season as Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company. In over two decades, he has produced over 190 mainstage plays, workshops and presentations including acclaimed appearances by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and the Theatre Royal Bath. He received the 2010 Leader of the Year Award in Arts and Humanities from the Capitol Times and the 2003 Governor’s Arts Award as Individual Artist for his contributions to the arts in Arizona.
This season he will direct Xanadu for ATC. He has directed over 40 mainstage productions for ATC ranging from classics to new plays to musicals, including Next To Normal, The Sunshine Boys, Hair, Much Ado about Nothing, My Fair Lady, Valley Song, The Illusion, The Pajama Game, Side Man, [title of show], How I Learned to Drive, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Scapin, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Boys Next Door, Shadowlands, Fully Committed, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M. S. Pinafore, Willi, Dreams From A Summer House, Other People’s Money, The Heidi Chronicles, Noises Off and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as many world premieres including The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America), Inventing van Gogh, Rocket Man, Private Eyes, Over The Moon and Dracula by Steven Dietz, and Ten Chimneys, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Edgar Award nominee) and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Edgar Award nominee) by Jeffrey Hatcher.
Mr. Goldstein has been a guest director at theatres all across the country including Arizona Opera, The Pasadena Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage, Center Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Laguna Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Illusion Theatre and Village Theatre. His musical A Marvelous Party: The Noël Coward Celebration, which originated at ATC, has played extensively across the US, winning many awards including four Jeff Awards in Chicago (including Best Director), the Elliot Norton Award in Boston, several Bay Area Critics Awards and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Production.
Before coming to Arizona, Mr. Goldstein was Associate Artistic Director of ACT Theatre in Seattle. His many productions there included Glengarry Glen Ross, Hapgood, Breaking The Silence, Lloyd’s Prayer, the world premieres of God’s Country by Steven Dietz and Willi by John Pielmeier, as well as a joint Soviet-American production of The Falcon. He was Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of St. Paul from 1983-86. Mr. Goldstein holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota. He has been a visiting instructor and director at ASU, University of Washington, University of Minnesota and University of Northern Iowa. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, Arts Midwest, and the Arizona, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington State Arts Commissions. Mr. Goldstein is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and Actors’ Equity Association. He is married to KJZZ radio announcer Michele Robins. They share their home with their dog and cats: Rio, Cary, Reggie, and Dexter.
JESSICA L. ANDREWSManaging Director
Jessica L. Andrews returns to Arizona Theatre Company having retired from ATC in July 2009 after eleven seasons as Managing Director and three as Executive Director. From September 2010 – September 2011, she returned to ATC as Interim Managing Director. Following her tenure at ATC, she founded jandrews consulting and is currently consulting with Invisible Theatre, Metro Theater Company (St. Louis), and The Mini-Time Machine Museum. She recently completed consultancies with Borderlands Theater, The Loft Cinema, Pan Left Productions, and The University of Arizona Poetry Center through the Tucson Pima Arts Council. She has also worked with The Vineyard Playhouse (Martha’s Vineyard), Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and Break-Away Tours. In 2008, she received the Governor’s Arts Award and received the 2013 Lumie for Lifetime Achievement from the Tucson Pima Arts Council. In 2007, she was given the Distinguished Achievement in Theatre Management Award from the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and in 2002 she received a Woman on the Move Award from the Tucson YWCA.
During her career, Ms. Andrews served on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres, and on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group. Since her arrival in Arizona, she has served on the Theatre Panel of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, was the president of Arizona Theatre Alliance, on the Board of Directors of the Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture, and Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts, is a member of Women at the Top, served as chair of Nonprofit Executives Together, co-chair of Nature, Arts, Culture, Heritage Organizations and was on the Advisory Board of Arizona Woman magazine. Also, she chaired a task force for the Pima Cultural Plan and served on the Livable Communities Mobilization Council of the Tucson Regional Economic Organization Blueprint.
From 1990-94, Ms. Andrews served as Managing Director of The Shakespeare Theatre and was the Director of the Theater Program for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1987-90. From 1985-87, she was Managing Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre and from 1980-85 was Director of the Theatre Division of FEDAPT, a national service organization. Previously, Ms. Andrews was Managing Director of Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and Hartford Stage Company.
In 2010, Ms. Andrews taught a class on Theatre Management and Organization at Arizona State University. She has guest lectured at University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Yale School of Drama, and has been a reader for the Fund for New American Plays at The Kennedy Center. She served as co-chair of the Arts Committee for the 1997 UK/AZ Festival. During the summer of 1995, she taught a class in theatre management at the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City. She has served on grants panels for nine state arts agencies and on the Theatre Grants Panel for the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture. She has served on the NEA Theater Program’s Professional Companies Challenge Review, Creation and Presentation, and Education and Access panels, and was an NEA site reporter for the Theater and Musical Theater Program.