Chenango River Theatre Hires New Producing Artistic Director

Chenango River Theatre Hires New Producing Artistic Director (Submitted Photo)

GREENE – After an in-depth, 9 month national search for a replacement for CRT’s founding Artistic and Managing Director Bill Lelbach, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Zach Curtis will come on board in 2021 to take over the lead position at the theatre. 

For the 2021 season, Zach will work in overlap with Bill in a carefully planned transition to ensure that the greater Binghamton area’s only fully professional theatre company is best positioned for continued growth in the coming years. 

Zach has directed over 100 professional productions across the Midwest, appeared in over 125-plus shows (most as a member of Actors’ Equity Association), and has over 100 producing credits to his name.  

In announcing the hiring, Laura Knochen-Davis, Board President, stated, “The Board is excited and honored that Zach has accept the challenge to lead CRT into a new era with his extensive professional experience at multiple theatres around the country. 

 Zach will be a tremendous asset and will have a major impact on the arts in the area as he continues CRT’s legacy of production excellence and strong fiscal management.”

Zach hails from Minneapolis, MN, where he spent 20+ years as a freelance director and actor.  For 9 seasons, he served as the Producing Artistic Director of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, MN (the oldest professional summer theater in the state), making him the longest tenured Artistic Director in their history. Prior to that, he spent 10 seasons as Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Fifty Foot Penguin Theater in Minneapolis, named “Best Independent Theatre in the Twin Cities” by City Pages.  He is currently in his fourth season at Black Hills Community Theater (Rapid City), one of the largest non-profit arts organizations in South Dakota. 

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