Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw
Nathaniel Shaw was selected during a national search to succeed founding producer Bruce Miller and began his inaugural season in July of 2016.
On Broadway, Nathaniel served as an Associate Choreographer for the Tony Award-winning musical Once. Off-Broadway, he served for six seasons as Artistic Director of the Active Theater. Directing credits include TOUCH at 59e59 in New York City, West Side Story and A Chorus Line at Cortland Rep, the first New York City Revival of The Violet Hour with The Active Theater, South Pacific, Damn Yankees, and Hair amongst many others. Nathaniel made his Richmond debut directing the critically-acclaimed Peter and the Starcatcher for Virginia Rep.
Performing credits include many iconic roles including Curly in Oklahoma!, Zach in A Chorus Line, The Emcee in Cabaret, Pale in Burn This, Riff in West Side Story, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, and Will Parker in Oklahoma! alongside Tony Award Winner Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase from ABC's Nashville. In addition to his work in the theater, Nathaniel danced for three years with the world renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Nathaniel worked as Development Director with the Tony and Olivier Award-winning producers Glass Half Full, responsible for sourcing new projects for development and eventual production. Glass Half Full is best recognized for the Tony Award-winning productions of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Twelfth Night and Richard III starring Mark Rylance, and the Olivier Award-winning Sunny Afternoon.
Nathaniel relocated to Richmond from New Jersey. He and his wife, Lisa, and their two young sons are pleased to call Richmond home.
Managing Director, Phil Whiteway
Phil is a key leader in Virginia's arts management community. Along with Bruce Miller, he co-founded Theatre IV in 1975 as Virginia’s first professional theatre for young audiences. In 2001 he also assumed the role of Managing Director of Barksdale Theatre. In 2012 he led the efforts to merge both companies to form Virginia Repertory Theatre, one of the largest performing arts organizations in Central Virginia. Under Phil's leadership, these nonprofit companies have received the Outstanding Service Award from the Central Richmond Association and the Dominion Shining Star Award.
Phil was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Arts Consortium and the Broad Street Association. Under his leadership, Theatre IV purchased and renovated the November Theatre, helping to spur the revitalization of Broad Street. Phil is a graduate and past Board member of Leadership Metro Richmond. He is active with the Richmond Chamber and has participated in annual leadership visits to our nation's major cities. He has served on the Governance Board of Partners in the Arts and as Treasurer of the Board of Virginians for the Arts. Phil served as an advisor for the development efforts of the Modlin Center and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Heritage Theatre Festival at the University of Virginia.
Phil has received numerous awards. Among the most notable are the Excellence in Arts Instruction Award from the Board of Education, the Governor’s Award, and Style Weekly’s “100 Most influential Richmonders of the 20th Century.” Phil is forever grateful to his wife, Donna, and their four children - PJ, Jennings, Alex and Gordon.
Founding Producer, Bruce Miller
After 41 years as the Founding Artistic Director, Bruce Miller transitioned to Founding Producer of Virginia Rep in 2016. He co-produced the world premieres of Rules of the Lake by Irene Ziegler, Four Part Harmony by Marcus Fisk and Douglas Minerd, War Story by Bo Wilson and Songs from Bedlam by Douglas Jones. Other producing credits include James Joyce’s The Dead, Proof, How I Learned to Drive, Beehive, Mice and Men, My Children! My Africa!, and Quilters. In the final two decades of the Phoebe Awards, Bruce’s productions earned Best Play or Best Musical of the Year 20 times.
His work as a director has been seen around the country at prominent theatres including the Kennedy Center and the Paper Mill Playhouse. Richmond directing credits include Barksdale’s productions of The Lark, Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, The Crucible and The Little Foxes, and Theatre IV’s productions of Having Our Say, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Do Lord Remember Me.
Bruce has received six Phoebe Awards as Best Director of the Year. For TV and radio, he directed The Ugly Duckling released nationally by PBS, and a production of folk stories broadcast internationally over Radio Free Europe.
His Barksdale acting credits include Red Hot and Cole and Diamond Studs (Phoebe Award, Best Supporting Actor). Other credits include Arnold in The Boys Next Door, Berenger in Rhinoceros, Clov in Endgame, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, and Yank in The Hasty Heart.
Bruce is co-author of Hugs and Kisses, the child sexual abuse prevention play that will soon begin the 25th year of its record-breaking run. His play Buffalo Soldier was selected by the Pentagon as a morale booster after 9/11, becoming the first professional play in history to be performed within the Pentagon’s walls.
He served as a site reporter for three years with the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a professional theatre panelist with the Lila Wallace—Reader’s Digest Fund in New York City. He is an alumnus of the University of Richmond, and is privileged to credit three teachers as mentors: Jack Welsh, and the late Marion Waymack and Bernard Schutte. He also thanks those who taught by example: Pete and Nancy Kilgore, Muriel McAuley, Buddy and Betty Callahan, and Lou and Fran Rubin.
In the spring of 1999, STYLE Weekly honored Bruce and Phil Whiteway by selecting them as two of the “100 Most Influential Richmonders of the Century.” In 2008 Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced the Governor's Awards for Arts 2008, which have only been awarded three times before - in 1979, 1985 and in 2000. Bruce Miller and Phil Whiteway share an award with Richmond's Theatre IV as the first professional children's theatre in Virginia, which has performed live for audiences totaling 28 million.
Bruce’s greatest blessings will always be his wife (artist and designer Terrie Powers Miller) and their two wonderful children.