About Face Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean Carpenter as its new Managing Director. Carpenter succeeds Corinne Neal, who stepped down early this year. "We are very proud to welcome Dean to the About Face Theatre staff as we head into our 20th anniversary season," comments Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. "We're excited to have him as part of our leadership and I know that Dean's breadth of knowledge and experience will be instrumental as we look towards the future," adds Volkoff.A Chicagoland native, Carpenter recently moved from New York City where he worked in both non-profit and commercial theatre. He served as General Manager to Second StageTheatre from 2011- 2013, managing several world premiere productions including: Water by the Spoonful, All New People and Dogfight, as well as revivals of How I Learned to Drive and The Last Five Years. Prior to Second Stage Theatre, Carpenter worked on the General Management teams for the worldwide productions of Wicked and Jersey Boys. As an independent producer and manger, he has brought many new works to the stage including: 'til Divorce Do Us Part, Peninsula, Hell's Belles and (Mary) Todd among others. He is on the Board of Directors of Off-Broadway League board and serves as Secretary, as well as chair of the Marketing Committee. Prior to his career in theatre, Carpenter worked in the consumer advertising industry and has an extensive background in consumer marketing and research. He earned an undergraduate degree in Theatre fromNorthwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University.
About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.
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