Dobama Theatre’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that on August 1, 2012, Nathan Motta will join the Dobama Artistic staff as Associate Artistic Director. In this new role, Mr. Motta will work alongside Artistic Director Joel Hammer and Associate Artistic Director Dianne Boduszek. Mr. Hammer will continue to provide overall artistic guidance for the theatre and oversee the Mainstage productions.
Mr. Motta’s history at Dobama Theatre dates back to 2009. He is the founder of the successful DEAP (Dobama Emerging Actors Program) and the Dobama Young Playwrights Competition, and he produced the 34th Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival this summer.
Nathan Motta is a professional director, conductor, and composer/lyricist who has worked with Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Opera Cleveland, Ohio Light Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Opera Rochester (NY), and Civic Light Opera (Pittsburgh). He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Dobama Emerging Actors Program and produces Dobama’s Young Playwrights programs. Nathan acted as Assistant Director on Cleveland Playhouse’s productions of Brecht’s Galilieo (the inaugural CPH production in the Allen Theatre) and Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, (collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra). Nathan’s first original musical Little White Gloves was an adaptation of the screenplay All I Wanna Do and premiered in February 2010. His second original musical Midsummer (based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will premiere in October 2012. He holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music. Other directing credits include Antigone, The Tempest, Blood Wedding, Our Town, Pippin, Into the Woods, A Funny Thing…Forum, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, and Almost, Maine. As a conductor, his recording of the operetta Der Vogelhändler with the Ohio Light Opera Company was released on the Albany Records label in 2008.
Dobama opens its 53rd season in the beautifully renovated theatre at the Heights Library on Lee Road. Season subscriptions are available for sale by calling the box office at (216) 932-3396 or may be purchased online by visiting www.dobama.org.
Dobama Theatre is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC). The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars designated to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
Dobama Theatre is also generously supported by many individual donors and the following foundations: The Cleveland Foundation, The Cyrus Eaton Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation, The Robert D. Hill Family Foundation, The David and Inez Myers Foundation, The Dianne Boduszek Family Foundation and The Roe Green Foundation.
Dobama Theatre’s mission is to premiere the best contemporary plays by established and emerging playwrights. Through educational and outreach programming, Dobama Theatre nurtures the development of theatre artists and builds new audiences for the arts while provoking an examination of our contemporary world.