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Marc Masterson

Artistic Director – South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa

OC METRO's Hot 25 for 2011Published: November 01, 2011

Status: Married with two adult daughters
What motivates you: A complex collaboration
Hot Factor: Marc Masterson is the first new artistic director at South Coast Repertory in 47 years.

An artistic director is the soul of the company. And after more than four decades, South Coast Repertory has a new one. Following long stints in the same role with his own company in Pittsburgh, and then at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ky., he was thrown into a production at South Coast Repertory before he’d even had a chance to buy a house or move his family here. He loves it.
    
“It’s a perfect fit for me,” Masterson says. “This place is just so amazing. We work on two productions at once. I hope this is my last job.”
    
Masterson knows he has big shoes to fill. SCR founders, David Emmes and Martin Benson, have been the artistic directors since starting the company more than 40 years ago. They moved on as founding directors, meaning they will be quasi-official advisors to Masterson. He says they’ll make a strong team.

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