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SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY NAMES ADAM DAVIS MANAGING DIRECTOR

(Lenox, MA) – After an extensive national search, Shakespeare & Company announced today that Adam Davis, long-time Managing Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and former Company Manager of the La Jolla Playhouse, has been named as the Company's new Managing Director.

"We are incredibly excited to have Adam Davis joining the Shakespeare & Company team," said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. "To have someone with his experience, vision, and sense of humor will be a major asset to our organization and arts community. He's also a Massachusetts native who's excited to bring his family back home, and we're glad to be a part of that move!"

Board Chair Ken Werner added, “We’re thrilled that our nation-wide search to fill this position produced a candidate as exceptional as Adam. The Board is looking forward to working with him and Allyn to realize our shared vision for the Company.”

Davis stated, “It's an honor to join Shakespeare & Company, with it's forty-year history of theatrical excellence, innovative training, and award-winning educational programming. I'm looking forward to bringing my energy and experience to the Kemble Street property, and work towards making our physical home worthy of our performances on stage. There are so many opportunities to revitalize our campus, and further strengthen our relationship with the Berkshire community.”

A native of Weymouth MA, Adam Davis has fulfilled leadership roles in theatre management for more than 15 years. He comes to Shakespeare & Company from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where he was Managing Director of productions in charge of programming and day-to-day operations for more than 230 events annually. During his tenure at the commission he had a major impact on the county-owned John Anson Ford Theatre, a historic venue in the Hollywood Hills presenting a culturally diverse summer season of music, dance, theatre and family offerings.

Davis supervised and strategized fundraising for a $67 million renovation of the Ford completed in 2016. He also launched two free programs to extend the Ford brand: The Ford on the Road to create awareness of the arts in underserved communities and JAM Sessions that brought together Ford artists and members of the public in arts engagement activities. He produced the L.A. County Holiday Celebration, an annual event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of Los Angeles featuring 600 performing artists from the county’s myriad cultural communities. The show is televised live and Davis received an Emmy award for the 54th edition of the celebration in 2013.

Earlier in his career, Davis served as Theatre Operations Manager of the Center for the Arts, a three-theatre complex at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and Company Manager at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California. While on the west coast, he contributed to the work of regional organizations as a board member of California Presenters, and participant in the Southern California Leadership Network. Adam Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Principia College. Davis is in the process of relocating to the Berkshires, and will be full-time at Shakespeare & Company as of April.

Shakespeare & Company recently announced its lineup for the 2017 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays: Cymbeline, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream; plus two Edith Wharton comedies, Roman Fever and the newly adapted The Fullness of Life. Additional titles include the Obie Award winning 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog; New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Recipient, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage; and Tony Award Winner, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza. In celebration of the Company's 40th Season the summer program will also include a special event series, Storytellers and Songwriters.

Tickets for the 2017 performance season are on sale now. For more information on the summer performance season, or the Company's year round programming, call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353 or visit www.shakespeare.org.

About Shakespeare & Company

Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the country. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 30,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to Shakespeare & Company’s internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and nationally renowned and award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org.

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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