Scott Campbell has taken up the permanent position of managing artistic director at Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma’s oldest community theatre. The position has been maintained by interim director Doug Kerr ever since former director David Duvall was asked to resign last July.
Campbell, who began work at TLT on February 9, has a fairly long history in both Tacoma and its theater scene. He’s lived here for 19 years, and for the past seven of them has been associate managing artistic director at Lakewood Playhouse. His connection with TLT go back to 1999, and he’s been seen onstage there in “Of Mice and Men,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.” His career has also included 12 years of producing, directing and writing for television. Most recently, he co-starred with Marcus Walker in a myriad of roles in Lakewood Playhouse’s comedy “Greater Tuna.” Here he is as the daffy, determined cheerleader (on right):
“I’m pleased to be able to work in the town I live in,” says Campbell, who says he’s planning on a lot of collaboration for TLT with Lakewood Playhouse.
Campbell certainly has a job ahead of him with the finances of TLT. The community theater, now in it’s 90th season, has been struggling lately, with staff reduced. Campbell says he’s learned a lot at Lakewood about how to put a theater company on stable ground.
“There’s some online marketing techniques I’m going to use,” he says. “But we turned Lakewood around by producing the best quality we could. That energizes people. We’re also going to explore the relevance of theater in the 21st century. In this post-digital age, people are looking forward to connecting on a personal level. It’s not a matter of limiting repertoire, but responding to the time and place we’re in.”
One of the first steps Campbell will take as director is organizing a barn dance on March 6 on the stage of the theater. Local bluegrass band Deadwood Revival will play. “It’s a blatant fundraiser,” laughs Campbell, whose wife plays in the band, which has gigs up and down the Northwest coast.
The Barn Dance is at 8 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.tacomalittletheatre.com.</div>