The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Adds Baltimore’s Hana Sharif as New Artistic Director
If you live in the St. Louis area, it’s likely you have attended a production at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis or heard of the company’s productions, ranging from contemporary favorites like “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” and “A Christmas Story” to classics like this season’s “Evita.” Locally known as The Rep, the world-class theatre nestled in the idyllic Webster Groves neighborhood has drawn guests from across the region to its vast genres of performance since it first opened in 1966.
With the upcoming retirement of long-time leader Steven Woolf, the organization has chosen a new talented artistic director, Hana Sharif, from Baltimore Center Stage. The exhaustive process began with the organization’s search committee, and ended once the leadership and board mutually decided upon a final candidate. The Rep’s President of the Board of Directors, Arlue Briggs, notes, “In an incredibly deep and distinguished field of candidates, Hana Sharif stood out. In addition to her artistic qualifications, we were enamored with the radiant passion for theatre that shone in each of our interviews with her.”
Sharif will assume the new role next season when Woolf, who served in the role for over three decades, says farewell. Sharif’s wealth of experience in Baltimore included overseeing a similarly wide range of productions for the east coast audience, where she directed stage productions of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” and “The Christians,” all to critical acclaim.
First image courtesy of Carmen Troesser for GUIDED: Saint Louis.
Stage image courtesy of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.