David Ivers was most recently Artistic Director of the The Utah Shakespeare Festival, where he has acted and directed over 50 productions in a relationship spanning 20 seasons. As Artistic Director, he helped usher in a $40 million expansion of facilities that included two new theatres, a new rehearsal hall, costume shop, and administrative offices. His tenure is marked by a significant re-brand of the organization and several key initiatives including the launch of WORDS (cubed) new play program, which will feature the World Premiere of Neil LaBute’s How to Fight Loneliness, which he will direct in August. Mr. Ivers also spent 10 years as a resident artist building over 40 productions as actor/director with the acclaimed Denver Center Theatre Company.
Early in his career, Mr. Ivers was the Associate Artistic Director of Portland Repertory Theatre and appeared in productions at some of our country’s top regional theatres, including Portland Center Stage and The Oregon, Alabama, and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, among others.
In the last several seasons he has directed work at The Guthrie Theatre (where he will return in November to direct Blithe Spirit), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Hand to God, One Man Two Guvnors), The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Coconuts, Taming of the Shrew), South Coast Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, and others.
In addition, Mr. Ivers has taught at several colleges and universities and gave his first TEDx talk in 2015. He is thrilled at the opportunity to join Arizona Theatre Company, is grateful to the ATC board and staff, and is eager to live with his wife Stephanie and boys, Jack and Elliot, in such a thriving and culturally rich community.
Billy Russo has served as Acting Managing Director of Arizona Theatre Company since 2015 and permanently took on the position beginning on July 1, 2017.
Previously, he was the Managing Director of American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University, where during his tenure, they produced All The Way, starring Bryan Cranston, and Finding Neverland. He served as the Managing Director of the New York Theatre Workshop, a major Off-Broadway theatre company in New York, where he led a financial turnaround of the organization, retiring an organizational deficit and rebuilding cash reserves. During his time there, he produced the original productions of the musical Once and the play Peter and the Starcatcher, both of which transferred to Broadway in the 2012 season, garnering 13 of the 26 competitive Tony Awards handed out that year. He also served as General Manager of Playwrights Horizons in New York, where he helped oversee the construction of a new 6-story facility in the heart of Times Square. Notable productions during that period were the world premieres of I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award for Best PLay and Pulitzer Prize for Drama), and the musical Grey Gardens. He was also the Associate General Manager at Manhattan Theatre Club.
In London, Mr. Russo was the Associate Producer with David Pugh, Ltd., where he produced – among other plays – the English language premiere of Yasmina Reza’s Art in the West End, starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtney, and Ken Stott.
Mr. Russo was an adjunct assistant professor for Columbia University’s Theatre Producing and Management MFA Program where he taught Advanced Theatre Budgeting. He received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
David Ira Goldstein has served 25 seasons 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.
He has directed over 40 mainstage productions for ATC ranging from classics to new plays to musicals, including Wait Until Dark, Xanadu, 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. His musical A Marvelous Party: The Noël Coward Celebration, which originated at ATC, has played extensively across the U.S., 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 Arizona State University, 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, Rocky, Cary, Reggie, and Dexter.