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Jubileee Theatre hires new director

Posted 7:42am on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010

FORT WORTH -- A new artistic director is set to take the stage at the Jubilee Theatre.

Tre Garrett, 29, a Houston native and San Francisco resident, is slated to begin work Jan. 15.

"We really hope Tre will help take us to the next level," said Benjamin Espino, Jubilee's managing director. "Tre worked at Disney for three years. He also worked on Broadway. We're very excited."

Jubilee, now in its 30th season, focuses on the African-American experience, has a $750,000 annual budget and stages six plays per season. The position of artistic director has been vacant since March, when former Jubliee head Ed Smith, 72, stepped down.

Garrett said he's excited about getting back to his home state, bringing new audiences to Jubilee's Main Street venue and bringing new productions to downtown Fort Worth.

"I know lots of new playwrights and directors," said Garrett, who attended the High School for Performing Arts in Houston and won an undergraduate directing degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

"If it's buzzing in New York, if it's buzzing in D.C., it should be buzzing in Fort Worth."

Garrett worked as assistant director in a Broadway production of Julius Caesar, was a Kennan Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center and in 2005 began working with Walt Disney Entertainment, where he directed more than 150 productions.

He is directing a film as part of his graduate work at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has won two awards as a playwright.

"I'm not selling myself as a playwright," Garrett said. "I want to put the best play out."

"Tre's impressive list of directing accomplishments and undeniable enthusiasm for the theatre make him a natural fit for Jubilee," Joy Thomas, Jubilee's board president, said in a statement.

John Austin, 817-390-7874

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