American Theater Company Welcomes New Managing Director

American Theater Company Welcomes New Managing Director

American Theater Company (ATC) and Artistic Director Will Davis have welcomed resident stage manager Katie Klemme as ATC’s new managing director, effective immediately.

Katie Klemme

“American Theater Company has been my artistic home since 2008, so it only seems fitting to join the staff in this new role as ATC begins a new chapter with Artistic Director Will Davis,” says Klemme. “We have big plans for the small, but mighty warehouse at 1909 W. Byron.”

Katie Klemme was previously Pegasus Players’ Managing Director from 2004-2007 and Organic Theater Company’s Managing Director from 2000-2004. She has worked with Geva Theatre Center, Rochetster, NY; Northlight Theatre, Theater Wit, About Face Theater, Windy City Playhouse, Arts Emerson, Boston; TODD + BRYAN Present, Las Vegas, NV; among others. At ATC, she has been the Production Stage Manager for 22 productions, 10 directed by late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli. She has also been on faculty at Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine & Performing Arts since 2007 teaching courses in Stage Management.

“I could not be more thrilled to have Katie taking on this crucial role in the company as we move ATC towards a vibrant future together,” says Davis. “Katie brings with her so much institutional knowledge, an incredible energy for implementing new ideas and systems, and the kind of ambitious spirit I need on this new adventure.”

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Abigail Trabue

Abigail has worked as an actor/director in Chicago for over ten years, and along with husband Jason Epperson founded Lotus Theatricals in 2015, and PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City in 2016 (where she serves as Managing Editor of both publications). When not talking shop, Abigail is raising three padawans with Jason, drinking lots of coffee, converting school buses into RV's, and eating all the foods at Disney World. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue