Marc Masterson
Marc Masterson.

Last July, Marc Masterson returned to Pittsburgh to take the reins at City Theatre after running South Coast Repertory in California. A leader in the national theatre scene — including serving as City Theatre’s artistic director from 1981 to 1999, when he helped build the organization and its South Side facilities — Marc has developed 100 world premieres including Pulitzer finalists and Broadway successes. Things we love: More than 50 percent of the new plays he’s produced were written by women.

A Houston native, Marc is “thrilled to be back home in Pittsburgh with some of the best audiences in the world” and living on the South Side.

What upcoming events are you excited to attend?

A day game with the Pirates at PNC Park.

What are you most excited about in returning to lead City Theatre as artistic director?

I am excited about introducing my old friends to my newer friends. Telling stories with people who I care about in a community that I love.

What will long-time City Theatre patrons find that’s new and different under your direction?

There is a bold new energy in Pittsburgh. I believe that what is on City Theatre’s stages should reflect that.

What’s the best part of your job?

Working with incredible people telling stories for a smart audience.

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City Theatre staff with the cast of Matt Schatz’s The Burdens. Photo by Kristi Jan Hoover.
City Theatre staff with the cast of Matt Schatz’s The Burdens. Photo by Kristi Jan Hoover.

What is your big idea for Pittsburgh?

Believe in the power of imagination and then do something about it.

What book would you highly recommend?

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi  Coates.

What’s been bugging you lately?

The growing lack of tolerance and empathy in our culture.

Ideal date night in Pittsburgh?

The Bash,” which opens at City Theatre on September 7th.

What song in your playlist is on endless repeat?

“Remain In Light” by Angelique Kidjo.

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Marc on a fishing trip.

Your not-so-secret Pittsburgh spot?

I love to hike the South Side Slopes.

Write three words to describe Pittsburgh:

Connected, community, creative.

What is the one thing that would surprise Pittsburghers most about you?

I am a recovering Texan. But I bleed black and gold.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.