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September 26, 2017

The Rep Names John Miller-Stephany Producing Artistic Director


The Arkansas Repertory Theatre on Tuesday named John Miller-Stephany as its new producing artistic director. Miller-Stephany will begin work in mid-October.

Miller-Stephany will become the third artistic leader in The Rep’s 40-year history. He succeeds Bob Hupp (1999-2016) and Founding Artistic Director Cliff Baker (1976-1999), who is currently serving as interim producing artistic director.

The announcement by Board Chair Brian Bush ends a national search conducted by David Mallette of Management Consultants for the Arts. 

“John Miller-Stephany has worked at some of the most significant theaters in the country,” Bush said in a news release. “He is without a doubt the right leader for our organization at this point in our history. His leadership ensures a bright future for The Rep.”

From 1989 to 1996, Miller-Stephany was associate producer of The Acting Company in New York City. From 1996 to 2015, he was artistic administrator and associate artistic director of The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

“By all accounts – and from my personal observations over the past few months – The Rep is one of the most vibrant cultural organizations in Arkansas,” Miller-Stephany said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to join the greater Little Rock community and to work alongside my new neighbors and colleagues as together we write the next chapter in the life of this remarkable theater.”

While Miller-Stephany was at The Guthrie, the theater more than doubled its budget to $27 million. He led more than 200 productions, three of which — “The Music Man,” “Jane Eyre” and “1776” — were among the top 10 highest grossing productions in The Guthrie’s history.

The Rep’s search committee included members of its board of directors, community representatives, and Managing Director Michael McCurdy. The Rep plans a meet-and-greet with Miller-Stephany on Aug. 31.

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre on Tuesday named John Miller-Stephany as its new producing artistic director. Miller-Stephany will begin work in mid-October.

Miller-Stephany will become the third artistic leader in The Rep’s 40-year history. He succeeds Bob Hupp (1999-2016) and Founding Artistic Director Cliff Baker (1976-1999), who is currently serving as interim producing artistic director.

The announcement by Board Chair Brian Bush ends a national search conducted by David Mallette of Management Consultants for the Arts. 

“John Miller-Stephany has worked at some of the most significant theaters in the country,” Bush said in a news release. “He is without a doubt the right leader for our organization at this point in our history. His leadership ensures a bright future for The Rep.”

From 1989 to 1996, Miller-Stephany was associate producer of The Acting Company in New York City. From 1996 to 2015, he was artistic administrator and associate artistic director of The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

“By all accounts – and from my personal observations over the past few months – The Rep is one of the most vibrant cultural organizations in Arkansas,” Miller-Stephany said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to join the greater Little Rock community and to work alongside my new neighbors and colleagues as together we write the next chapter in the life of this remarkable theater.”

While Miller-Stephany was at The Guthrie, the theater more than doubled its budget to $27 million. He led more than 200 productions, three of which — “The Music Man,” “Jane Eyre” and “1776” — were among the top 10 highest grossing productions in The Guthrie’s history.

The Rep’s search committee included members of its board of directors, community representatives, and Managing Director Michael McCurdy. The Rep plans a meet-and-greet with Miller-Stephany on Aug. 31.

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