Nathan Motta named artistic director of Dobama
Dobama Theatre’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Nathan Motta as its new artistic director, effective Feb. 15. Motta succeeds Joel Hammer, who will become artistic director emeritus.
Motta will be the fifth artistic leader in the theater’s 54-year history, transitioning from associate artistic director there. Dianne Boduszek, Dobama’s current associate artistic director, will remain on staff as artistic associate for production.
"We are delighted to have Nathan Motta step into this role," said Joel Hammer. "It is rare to find a new artistic director with such energy and credentials, as well as a commitment to Dobama’s mission and the greater theater community.”
Laura Anderson, board president, said of Motta, “Not only are Nathan’s artistic abilities and leadership skills exemplary, his passion for Dobama is contagious. We are thrilled that Nathan will lead Dobama, its artists and its audiences into this next phase of the theatre’s artistic mission.”
“It’s a great privilege to follow in the footsteps of people like Don Bianchi, Joyce Casey, Ron Newell and Joel Hammer,” Motta said. “Dobama has a long history of producing Cleveland premieres of important new plays. The work that has been done to bring professional productions of these new works to the Greater Cleveland community is both exciting and vital to the arts culture in the city. I look forward to continuing this work, to helping to grow Dobam's theater community, and to advance this theater’s essential mission.”
Nathan Motta is a professional freelance director, conductor, and composer/lyricist who has worked with Cleveland Play House, Opera Cleveland, Ohio Light Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Opera Rochester (N.Y.), and Civic Light Opera (Pittsburgh).
He was named associate artistic director at Dobama in 2012, and directed “A Bright New Boise” last year. He is the founding artistic director of Dobama’s Emerging Actors program where he teaches acting and has directed productions of “Antigone,” “The Tempest” and “Blood Wedding.” He is also the producer of Dobama’s Young Playwrights programs.
Motta holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. He will be directing Dobama Theatre’s final show of the 2012–13 season—Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons,” which opens April 19.
Jewel Moulthrop is a Cleveland Heights resident, a member of the FutureHeights Board of Directors, and chair of the Heights Observer's Editorial Advisory Committee.