The Board of Trustees of Flat Rock Playhouse is pleased to announce that Lisa K. Bryant has been named the fourth Artistic Director in the 62 year history of the theater. Bryant has been serving as the Playhouse’s Acting Artistic Director since May and prior to that was the Associate Artistic Director beginning in 2012.
Bryant brings a long history of artistic excellence, leadership and collaboration to her new role. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, My Fair Lady, Cats, Once On This Island and RENT are just a few of the shows Bryant has directed as Flat Rock Playhouse Associate and Acting Artistic Director. Each has received rave reviews from both longtime patrons and critics alike and delivered solid box office results.
Playhouse Board President Cliff Stalter said “Lisa is admired by several generations of Vagabonds for her artistic vision, her management skills, her passion for the YouTheatre program, and her respect for everyone who works on The Rock. She is the right person to lead Flat Rock Playhouse artistry into the future.
“Since becoming Acting Artistic Director in May, Lisa has demonstrated every attribute we are looking for in our new Artistic Director,” continued Stalter. “It became clear that we do not need to conduct a national search. We have the best candidate right here. The public’s response to both the shows she has directed and the season she has put together for 2015 confirms for us that she has a natural feel for the type of theater our community wants to support.”
“I love Flat Rock Playhouse and am thrilled to be its next Artistic Director,” said Bryant. “I am a product of the incredible artists and stewards who preceded me, and I hope that each day ahead is a positive and meaningful testament to their influence and legacy.”
Bryant began her career with Flat Rock Playhouse as an Apprentice in 1994. Since then she has played a myriad of roles including intern, actor, teacher, writer, Apprentice director, Associate Artistic Director, and most recently Acting Artistic Director.
Over the years Bryant has developed broad experience in a variety of places. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon University and her MFA in Performance from the University of Central Florida. The majority of her career has been as an actress. Leading roles at FRP include Hairspray, South Pacific, 42nd Street, and And Then There Were None to name just a few. She starred in the short film Miss Julianne which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and earned her numerous acting accolades. Additionally, she starred in the Indie film The Karaoke King.
Flat Rock Playhouse also recently initiated a national search for a new Managing Director who will partner with the Artistic Director in leading the institution. The board will provide updates on the progress of this search as it progresses