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New Alley Artistic Director Rob Melrose Discusses Vision For The Theater

Melrose, an award-winning director and writer, was named to the post in November.

Rob Melrose, Alley Theatre
Rob Melrose is the new artistic director at the Alley Theatre.

Rob Melrose is busy planning the 2019-2020 season at the Alley Theatre as he takes the creative helm of Houston’s largest theater company.

Melrose, an award-winning director and writer, was selected for the post in November and just relocated to Houston. He’s the former artistic director and co-founder of Cutting Ball Theater, an experimental, avant-garde theater in San Francisco and has worked nationally as a freelance director.

He succeeds former artistic director Gregory Boyd, who departed last year after numerous current and former Alley employees accused the Tony-winning director of abusive behavior. Boyd abruptly retired with two days’ notice last January and was given a $383,000 severance package.

In the audio above, Melrose discusses why he wanted to come to Houston, his creative vision for the Alley, and how he plans to create a safe working environment for staff and collaborators.

The Alley Theatre
The exterior of the Alley Theatre.

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