Black Hills Community Theatre announces the hiring of Zach Curtis as Artistic Director after a national search. Curtis is a freelance actor and director from Minneapolis, MN – where he has been involved in the theater scene for over 20 years. BHCT Executive Director Nick Johnson says the search attracted over twenty candidates. “We had many very qualified candidates apply for the position so there was a great effort by a committee of our board members to review qualifications and vet those who rose to the top. It wasn’t an easy process but we feel that Zach Curtis emerged as the best qualified candidate for Artistic Director. The staff and board are really looking forward to working with Zach.” Board president Holly Godber also added “Zach comes with vast experience and knowledge of theater. We’re all so excited to have him leading the artistic planning of Black Hills Community Theatre.”
From 2006-2015 Curtis was the Artistic Director of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Minnesota’s oldest running summer stock theater, in Bemidji MN. His nine seasons made him the longest tenured Artistic Director in the theater’s 67 year history. Previous to that he helmed the independent Fifty Foot Penguin Theater in Minneapolis for ten seasons.
Curtis has directed over 100 productions, including work at Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Fifty Foot Penguin Theater, Park Square, Pioneer Place Theatre Company, the Commonweal, Actors Theatre of MN, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Lyric Arts and the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.
As an actor, Curtis has appeared in over 110 productions, most of them as a now 17 year member of Actors Equity Association. Curtis was named “Best Actor in the Twin Cites 2015” by City Pages for his performance in The Whale with Walking Shadow Theatre Company. He has been seen onstage at dozens of Twin Cities’ theaters, including the Guthrie, Great River Shakespeare Festival, PBP, Park Square, Mixed Blood, Children’s Theatre Company and Theatre Latte Da, as well as Virginia Stage (Norfolk VA) and the Springer Opera House (Columbus GA)
“It’s really a thrilling time to be joining BHCT”, said Curtis. “Between the mainstage seasons, the excellent education programming and the highly intriguing Shadow season, BHCT is really utilizing the best of a strong theatrical community. I can’t wait to dive in and become a part of it.”
Curtis will take over as Artistic Director at the beginning of April and BHCT will announce their 2017-18 Mainstage Season shortly afterwards.