Stage Left Announces New Artistic Director

Stage Left Announces New Artistic Director

Stage Left Theatre Company has announced that James Yost will be their new Artistic Director beginning immediately. Following a search process, Yost was selected by the Stage Left ensemble and board “because of his passion for Stage Left’s mission, his strong background as an artistic leader in Chicago, his skill as a director, and his energetic vision for the future of the company.” a statement read.

Most recently, Yost served as Co-Artistic Director of Interrobang Theatre Project, where he directed several critically acclaimed productions. Before moving to Chicago, he founded and served for 12 years as producing artistic director for BareBones Theatre Group in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Yost says “Stage Left Theatre is in the midst of some exciting changes. As the company moves into its next phase, I am dedicated to continuing the development of new work and implementing more artistic and organizational diversity that will broaden our artistic reach, while producing plays that lift the level of debate.”

Stage Left Board President, Angelique A. Sallas, Ph.D. commented, “I wholeheartedly welcome James into the Stage Left family.  His background and experience bring not only artistic skills but also organizational, fundraising and managerial talents that are so important to the operation of a successful theater.  James will be a great asset to the long traditions and continuing success of Stage Left Theatre.”

Long-time Ensemble Member and current Interim Managing Director, Drew Martin said, “I am so excited to have James on board at Stage Left. His clear artistic and leadership talents are exactly what is needed to inspire our company’s artists and audience with stories that engage and heal our community in a time of political turmoil.”

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Jason Epperson

Jason is a producer, manager, and designer with 17 years of experience in Chicago, New York, and in the touring market. In 2015, he founded Lotus Theatricals - the publisher of Performink, and an independent commercial producing company - with Abigail Trabue.

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