KNOXVILLE, TN – David B. Byrd, Managing Director of the Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) for the past four years, has announced his resignation. Byrd will assume the Managing Director role at Virginia Stage Company (VSC) in Norfolk, Virginia. He will remain with the Clarence Brown Theatre through mid-June, 2017.
“Since David joined CBT in 2013, his energy and skill has brought great change to our organization and to recent successes in marketing, fundraising, and in community outreach especially. As a management partner he has been a valuable advisor to our artistic mission and a trusted steward of our operations. Our audiences have grown and our engagement with the community has been strengthened by his vision. On many levels, we all will miss him. I will certainly miss him. We wish him the very best as he moves on to his next challenge,” said Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean.
“In working with the Clarence Brown Theatre Advisory Board, David encouraged us to become more involved not only with the people and workings of the CBT but also with its efforts to reach different parts of our community in new and innovative ways,” said Brooks Clark, Advisory Board Chair.
With a dual mission to train the next generation of theatre artists and to provide top quality professional theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is one of only 13 academic LORT (League of Resident Theatre) institutions in the nation. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean, the CBT season runs from September through May and features eight productions ranging from musicals to drama.