Announcing our new Artistic Director
The Board of Directors of Virginia Repertory Theatre proudly announces Nathaniel Shaw as the new Artistic Director. Shaw will consult with Virginia Rep remotely from New York starting July 1 until he relocates to Richmond permanently in October with his wife Lisa Rumbauskas and their children. After 41 years as the Founding Artistic Director, Bruce Miller will transition to Founding Producer and will focus his efforts on education and fundraising. Phil Whiteway will continue as Managing Director.
Board member Don Garber led the transition team that interviewed candidates from a national pool of 52 applicants. “We are delighted to welcome Nathaniel to Virginia Rep. He impressed the board committee with his broad experience as a director, actor, dancer and choreographer, and with his energy and respect for what Bruce and Phil have accomplished. We think he is the right person to build on their legacy.”
Managing Director, Phil Whiteway, also spoke of the process. “It was important to us to have buy-in from all of our stakeholders. As a guest director for Peter and the Starcatcher last fall, Nathaniel worked with many of our staff and theatre artists. This spring, he met with an extended group of board, staff, theatre artists and leaders in the community. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and reflects Nathaniel’s comfort level. His experience in developing new works is particularly exciting to us as we seek to expand our impact within this area locally and beyond Richmond.”
Virginia Rep will hold several events in the fall to welcome Shaw, who spoke of his excitement. “I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful staff and devoted board of Virginia Rep, and the passionate and talented Richmond theater community. My wife and I are extremely excited about raising our family in the vibrant city of Richmond. I cannot wait to start this wild and wonderful ride.”
Shaw was born in Menlo, California, but spent much of his childhood in Arizona. He began his career as a professional dancer, following in the footsteps of his parents who were both in modern dance until they assumed tenured faculty positions at Arizona State University. After receiving a BA in Musical Theater from the University of Northern Colorado, Shaw moved to New York to pursue a career in theater and dance. He was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for three years with featured roles in many Taylor classics and originating roles in new productions such as Spring Rounds and Banquet of Vultures. Nathaniel Shaw’s father, Cliff Keuter also danced for Mr. Taylor.
In 2006 Shaw returned to theatre where he served as the founder and Artistic Director of The Active Theater in New York for six years. For the company, Shaw directed the first New York City revival of The Violet Hour, which received an Innovative Theater Award Nomination for Best Revival, the world premiere of Bridgeboy, and the world premiere of Body Language, which received four nominations at the Midtown International Theatre Festival.
In 2013, Nathaniel joined the team of the Tony Award-winning production of Once as an Associate Choreographer for Tony Nominee Steven Hoggett. In addition to oversight of both the Broadway production and First National Tour, Nathaniel traveled with Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany and Music Supervisor Martin Lowe to cast productions in both South Korea and Australia.
Currently, Nathaniel Shaw works with the Tony and Olivier Award-winning producers Glass Half Full as Development Director, 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.
Acting and dance credits include iconic roles such as Will Parker in Oklahoma starring with Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara and Tony Nominee Will Chase, Curly in Oklahoma and in the same production Dream Curly for choreographer Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance), Zach in A Chorus Line, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, Rooster in Annie, Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty, Jesus in Godspell, Riff in West Side Story, Ren in Footloose, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, Younger Brother in Ragtime, and The Emcee in Cabaret.