Chris Serface, former educational director at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, will leave his position April 30 to take over as managing artistic director at Tacoma Little Theatre. That position has been open since former director Scott Campbell left a year ago, with TLT’s production manager Brie Yost acting in an interim capacity.
“I felt that it was time to take on a new challenge and help keep the arts flourishing in our community,” said Serface in an email.
For the last five years Serface has managed the large educational program at TMP, including camps, after-school programs and performances. A Pacific Northwest native, Serface has also worked with other theaters around the country as an actor, director, technician, manager, educator and musician, and was a district supervisor for Hollywood Entertainment for seven years.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director, Jon Douglas Rake, said in a press release: “Chris has been a great asset to the TMP family, and we are sorry to see him leave. With Chris’ energy and creativity, TMP’s education department has grown into one of the largest theatre education programs in the Puget Sound. We wish him the best in his new position at TLT.”
“We are very fortunate to have a leader like Chris Serface taking the helm,” said George McClure, TLT’s board president. “He brings a breadth of experience with him, both on and off stage. With Chris as Managing Artistic Director, TLT will continue to enhance the Tacoma theatre scene.”
Tacoma Little Theatre, now in it’s 95th year, is one of the oldest continuously-running community theaters in the nation. It has seen high turnover in the director position over the last few years, as well as financial difficulties, but continues to present a six-play main-stage season, a couple of second-stage works, and educational offerings for adults and youth.