SOUTH PARIS — Celebration Barn Theater has hired David Bruin as executive artistic director.

Bruin is a dramaturge, producer, curator and scholar of theater and performance. Since 2019, he has served as a co-curator of the annual Prelude Festival, a program of the Martin E. Segal Theater Center at City University of New York. He was a co-artistic director of Yale Cabaret during its 2015-16 season, where he co-curated the inaugural Satellite Festival.

He works as a creative consultant for Jeff Augustin. He is a co-editor, along with Melanie Joseph, of “A Moment on the Clock of the World,” an anthology of new writing inspired by the Foundry Theatre. His current book project considers the role of abjection on the postwar American stage.

Celebration Barn, Maine’s center for physical theater training, creation and performance, opened a national search for the position last May when outgoing Executive Artistic Director Amanda Huotari announced she would be stepping down. Huotari led Celebration Barn for 15 years and saw the organization through many pivotal successes, including the purchase of the barn’s 11-acre property, major upgrades to its facilities, expansion of its faculty and workshop offerings, and deepening of community engagement, both with audiences locally and artists internationally.


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