Meadow Brook Theatre appoints new interim artistic director

Meadow Brook Theatre introduced a new artistic director for the upcoming 2009-2010 season.

Oakland University alumus, Travis Walter, has worked for Meadow Brook Theatre since graduating in 2002.

Over the past six years, Walter has both acted and directed at Meadow Brook. After being hired in 2003 as an intern for group sales, he worked his way up through the ranks.

“He has worked very hard to prove himself,” said Cheryl Marshall, Meadow Brook Theatre’s managing director.

For the past year and a half Walter served as the artistic administrator succeeding David L. Regal, who left the position in 2007.

“It’s really a title promotion, recognizing the work I have been doing for the past year and a half,” Walter said. “It means the world to me.”

During the previous season, Walter directed two Meadow Brook shows including “Beyond the Rainbow,”  awarded Best Musical at the 8th annual Wilde Awards, which honors the finest productions and performers in Southeast and Mid-Michigan.

“We’re thrilled to give him the title to go along with all he has been doing,” Marshall said.

The promotion comes at an exciting time for both Walter and the Meadow Brook staff. The 2009-10 season features shows that are all Michigan premieres. Walter will direct three of the six, starting with the season opener, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

“It’s a special adaptation for Meadow Brook Theatre, so we’re really excited about it” Walter said.

The Jefferson Garrett adaptation of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will run from Oct. 7 through Nov. 1.

“It’s been very busy, very crazy. I can’t wait to jump into the season,” Walter said.

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