Ogunquit Playhouse announces new managing director Deborah Warren
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OGUNQUIT, MAINE – Ogunquit Playhouse, the crown jewel of the Maine Southern Seacoast and a renowned destination for regional theater, is proud to announce that Deborah Warren will join Ogunquit Playhouse as the new managing director, beginning March 1. Warren’s appointment follows a national search conducted by Tom O’Connor Consulting Group and led by a search committee of Playhouse Board and Staff.
With more than 20 years in the performing arts, Deborah Warren comes to Ogunquit Playhouse from Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, where she’s directed marketing, publicity, advertising and sales campaigns for over 80 productions at the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. Prior to joining Center Theatre Group, Deborah held senior level positions at Disney Theatrical, served as the head of the west coast office of advertising firm Serino Coyne, and worked with Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, New Dramatists, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival, among other prestigious performing arts organizations.
“Deborah’s career has taken her from major cultural forces like Disney Theatrical and Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City to Los Angeles for her distinguished work at Center Theater Group,” commented Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director Bradford T. Kenney. “We are so pleased to have her cross the country once again as a vital new addition to the Ogunquit Playhouse family. Deborah comes to us as we look forward to the theatre’s upcoming renovation and at a time when our vision for our theater’s future is brighter than ever.”
“It is an honor to join Brad in the leadership of this incredible organization,” said Warren. “The Playhouse has a rich legacy and a bright future ahead. I look forward to working with Brad, the Board, the staff, and meeting the community of supporters and audiences.”
Playhouse Board President Ben Auger said, “Deborah brings a wealth of theatrical passion and experience to The Playhouse, with an impressive career spanning the country and 20 years. We are immensely proud to welcome her to Ogunquit.”
Ogunquit Playhouse’s 2023 lineup features the extended regional theater premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (May 11 - June 10), bringing back all of King’s greatest hits; Singin’ in the Rain (June 15 - July 15), the classic Comden & Green movie musical voted history’s top movie musical by AFI; the new international production of Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s On Your Feet! (July 20 - August 19), the true story of two Cuban immigrants’ improbable rise to mainstream music stardom; the American premiere of the new stage thriller The Da Vinci Code (August 24 - September 23), based on author Dan Brown’s best-selling international phenomenon; and the regional premiere of Tootsie (September 28 - October 29), which transports frustrated actor Michael Dorsey from the hilarious ‘80s film to the competitive world of Broadway musical auditions.
Ogunquit Playhouse’s 2023 season runs May 11 through October 29, with five mainstage shows, two Ogunquit Playhouse at The Music Hall offerings, and more. Season passes go on sale today, member pre-sale begins March 21, and single tickets go on sale March 28. For more information, visit ogunquitplayhouse.org.
About Deborah Warren
Deborah Warren is a seasoned theatre professional with over 20 years of experience in the performing arts industry. As the Director of Marketing at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles since 2016, she oversaw the marketing, publicity, advertising and ticket sales for the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. During her time at Center Theatre Group, she generated over $158 million in ticket revenue, $500k in sponsorship revenue, and directed campaigns for over 80 productions. Highlights during her tenure include launching the pre-Broadway shows Amelie, and Ain't Too Proud, as well as the record-breaking LA engagements of Dear Evan Hansen, Slave Play and Zoot Suit.
Before joining Center Theatre Group, Deborah held senior level positions at Disney Theatrical, where she managed productions of The Lion King in Las Vegas and the national tour of Aida. She also served as the head of the West Coast office for the advertising agency Serino Coyne, and was responsible for marketing the sit-down productions of Wicked in Los Angeles and North American productions of Jersey Boys.
Deborah's career in the entertainment industry began as a Broadway publicist at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. She has since held leadership roles at Hartford Stage, New Dramatists, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival. In Los Angeles, she was instrumental in launching two nationally recognized live entertainment venues: the Geffen Playhouse and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Deborah holds a degree from Syracuse University and is originally from East Haddam, Connecticut. Deborah and her husband Andy Crown, daughter Skylar and springer spaniel Tony are excited to relocate from Los Angeles to Southern Maine.
About Ogunquit Playhouse
For 91 years, Ogunquit Playhouse has been the artistic gateway to Maine's southern seacoast, self-producing world-class Regional Theatre and inclusive Arts Education programs, nurturing a creative and communal hearth for all ages. This power coupling of The Playhouse and a quaint seaside village offers visitors and locals a wealth of fabulous experiences. Ogunquit is more than just a beach community, but a destination within a destination for vacationers from around the world. Visit ogunquitplayhouse.org and follow @ogunquitplayhouse on all social media platforms.
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- February 16, 2023
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