Vermont’s Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces the appointment of award-winning actor/director Michael Berresse to the Weston staff. Berresse, who has worked with the company over five seasons, will become its first Associate Artistic Director in January.
A Tony and Olivier-nominated actor and OBIE award-winning director, Michael Berresse has numerous Broadway acting credits which include A Chorus Line, The Light in the Piazza, and Kiss Me, Kate (also on London’s West End). His directing credits include (title of show) on and Off Broadway, Now. Here. This. for New York’s Vineyard Theatre, and The Last Five Years for ACT in San Francisco.
For Weston, Berresse has directed such diverse and celebrated productions as Next To Normal, the world premiere of Paul Gordon’s Analog and Vinyl, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Alan Ayckbourn’s Round and Round the Garden. He will open the company’s 2017 season as director/choreographer for the Vermont Premiere of the Tony-winning musical Once.
“Michael Berresse has become an indispensable member of our company, and we are thrilled to add him to our artistic team” comments Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler. Berresse will assist Stettler in designing new programs and building relationships with artists, theatres, and producers as Weston prepares to open a new year-round studio theatre in the fall of 2017, while maintaining his own active career.
“Weston has become a true artistic home for me,” says Berresse, “and I look forward to helping to grow its family and its contributions to the field. There is something very special happening in this place, and I’m excited to be a part of its ambitious plans for the future.”
Now celebrating its 80th year of professional theatre, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company produces a 7-show summer season on 3 stages as well as year-round Education and New Works programs. Winner of Actors’ Equity Association’s Rosetta LeNoire Award and the New England Theatre Conference’s Moss Hart Award, the company is building programs in incubation, innovation, and inspiration that will bring artists to its rural campus year-round.