VCUarts Theatre Faculty Kikau L. Alvaro has been named the new Associate Artistic Director of the Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Alvaro teaches Musical Theatre and Movement for the Actor at Virginia Commonwealth University and will continue his teaching position in addition to his new role at Virginia Rep. The Associate Artistic Director position was recently vacated by Chase Kniffen who served in that role for seven years. Kniffen has been recognized by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle six times as Best Director of a Musical and directed many of Virginia Rep’s biggest hits including The Color Purple and Dreamgirls.
Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw commented on the transition, “While it is sad to see Chase Kniffen go, I am eager to see what happens for him creatively in his future endeavors. I’m also excited for the opportunity this transition provides Virginia Rep in the restructuring of artistic leadership and production coordination. Bringing on Kikau Alvaronot only provides Virginia Rep an opportunity to rejuvenate our processes, but will enliven, and deepen, the existing relationship we have with the excellent theater department at VCU.” Sharon Ott, Chair of Department of Theatre at VCU, added, “One of the many things that has excited me as I begin my life here in Richmond is the developing collaboration between Virginia Repertory Theatre and the VCU Department of Theatre. Kikau Alvaro‘s appointment as the Associate Artistic Director of Virginia Rep further cements this important relationship. It is a win/win/win for all of us.”
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