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REDCAT theater in Los Angeles.
REDCAT theater in Los Angeles.

Executive Director Mark Murphy to Depart Los Angeles’s REDCAT Theater

Mark Murphy, the founding executive director of REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater in downtown Los Angeles, has announced that he will step down at the end of the current season. Edgar Miramontes, the theater’s associate director, will assume his responsibilities until a successor is appointed.  

During his more than seventeen years at the helm of the contemporary and performing arts space, Murphy helped transform REDCAT into an important resource for local artists to develop new work and a stage for international artists, collectives, playwrights, and performers such as dumb type (Japan), Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Mariano Pensotti (Argentina), Christiane Jatahy (Brazil), Guillermo Calderon (Chile), Gob Squad (UK/Germany), and Teatro Línea de Sombra (Mexico).

“It has been consistently thrilling to present and organize more than 150 events year-round for sixteen seasons, and I’m very proud of our work, the team we’ve built, and the audience and community that has made REDCAT an important home for innovation and experimentation,” Murphy said. “Now I am excited to pay close attention to specific creative projects and curatorial programs with artists and institutions in the US and abroad. I couldn’t expand in this way, or take the time for the travel it requires, while also overseeing the non-stop operation and programming of REDCAT.”

Murphy joined REDCAT, which is located in the landmark Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, in 2001, two years before it opened its doors to the public. Since then, the interdisciplinary arts space has hosted hundreds of creatives, staged events such as the New Original Works Festival and the REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, collaborated with CalArts to develop new programs, and forged partnerships with more than one hundred community organizations.

In 2018, Murphy organized and served as lead artistic director for the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, which featured more than two hundred artists in seventy-five performances across the city, and was executive producer and cocurator of two major international theater festivals (Radar LA 2011 and 2013). Prior to his arrival at REDCAT, he served as the artistic director of On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts center in Seattle, for fifteen years.

“Very few performing arts programs have been as innovative as the one Mark Murphy created for REDCAT,” said Ravi Rajan, president of CalArts, “I cannot think of any other contemporary programs that have been as influential on its community as the one Mark created for us. CalArts, and all of LA, owe Mark a debt of gratitude for his vision.”