The Human Race Theatre Company Selects Katherine Kilburn as Executive Director

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Katherine “Kappy” Kilburn.

Looking toward a bright future, The Human Race Theatre Company is proud to announce the addition of a new Executive Director

(Dayton, OH) — The Human Race Theatre Company is proud to announce the addition of a new Executive Director to their staff. Katherine “Kappy” Kilburn will join HRTC October 9.

“We are delighted to be giving Kevin Moore, President and Artistic Director, the management partner he has wanted for many years. The job is too big for any one person and Kappy will be Kevin’s perfect complement,” says Anne Brown, President of the Board of Trustees. “She is bright, energetic and loves the idea of making a difference in the Dayton community through The Human Race.”

Kilburn, who brings a wealth of theatrical management experience, will move from New York City, where she has proven leadership in not-for-profit and commercial theatre. Previously, she worked in Los Angeles with the Center Theatre Group and the Pasadena Playhouse. Most recently, Kilburn worked with Snug Harbor Productions and Puppet Phactory, a group focused on multi-disciplinary storytelling.

Kilburn holds an undergraduate degree from University of Missouri in Technical Theatre and a MFA from Columbia University in Theatre Producing and Management. Her passion for theatre and new works is exceeded only by her dedication to the careful management of the theatre. Kilburn, who specializes in contract negotiations and fiscal management, is looking forward to leading The Human Race toward a bright future.

Kilburn, whose father grew up in the Dayton area, is excited to come full circle and return to this community. “Theatre (and art in general) is always important in communities,” says Kilburn. “It reminds us that we are humans at our core and need to connect. The Human Race Theatre Company is a place to encourage and allow civil conversation and connection in these trying times. Having spent the last four years working between the not-for-profit and commercial theatre worlds, I look forward to bringing a fresh insight on managing work at the highest level of quality.”

As Kilburn assumes the business management of The Human Race, President and Artistic Director Kevin Moore is now able to focus his energies solely on the artistic functions of the company. “For the past eight years I have worn two hats as both Artistic Director and Executive Director of The Human Race,” stated Moore. “In that time, there have been many challenges for the company and the community. I look forward to passing the Executive Director hat to Kappy Kilburn, whose diverse theatre background makes her a perfect addition to The Human Race family. For my part, I look forward to being able to concentrate 100% on the artistic direction of the company. I believe that this combination will allow us to soar to new heights.”

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2018-2019 marks the 32nd season for The Human Race Theatre Company, “Dayton’s Official Professional Theatre Company.” Founded in 1986, The Human Race moved into the Metropolitan Arts Center in 1991, taking up residence in its current home, the 212-seat Loft Theatre. In addition to the Eichelberger Loft Season, The Human Race produces new works development and special event programming. Under the direction of President and Artistic Director Kevin Moore, the company also maintains outreach programs, as well as artist residencies in area schools and a summer youth program. Human Race organizational support is provided by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, Culture Works, the Shubert Foundation, the Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation, the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The 2018-2019 Sustainability Sponsors are the ELM Foundation, Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason, and Morris Home. The 2018-2019 Loft season sponsor is the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of the Dayton Foundation.

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