Dobama names Wise managing director

Trevor Wise

After a national search, Dobama Theatre’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Trevor Wise to be the theater’s new managing director.

“As we approach our 60th year, the Dobama board is very excited to welcome Trevor to Cleveland as our new managing director,” said Board President Marcel Duhamel. “Trevor brings skills and experiences that will help lead Dobama into a new decade of growth.”

“I am thrilled that Trevor will be joining Dobama to help lead the theatre at this exciting moment in the theatre’s history,” said Artistic Director Nathan Motta. “Trevor is one of the most talented new leaders in the field, and his training, knowledge and personality make him the ideal person to guide Dobama as we move forward toward a promising future and remarkable new possibilities. I look forward to introducing Trevor to Dobama’s dedicated supporters and the incredible Greater Cleveland community.”

Wise came to Dobama from Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., where he was donor relations manager. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in theatre with an emphasis in arts administration from Texas Tech University, and an undergraduate degree in theater with an emphasis in writing for performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Wise formerly worked as development manager of Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa., and was part of the staff of The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center when it received the 2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Beyond theater, Wise was raised on a farm in Missouri, is conversationally fluent in German, and is a proud alumnus of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program.

“I am honored and thrilled to be joining the Dobama Theatre team as it enters its 60th anniversary season,” said Wise. “I look forward to working with Nathan, the board, and the amazing staff as we move Dobama forward and strengthen the vibrant theatre that has become synonymous with Off-Broadway theater in Cleveland.”

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Colin Anderson

Colin Anderson is Dobama's general manager and festival manager for the Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festival.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:29 AM, 06.28.2019