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L.A.’s Celebration Theatre Shuffles Leadership

Celebration Theatre announced a leadership shuffle Monday, bringing in two former executives to tag-team the role of artistic director. Michael Matthews and Michael A. Shepperd have been brought in by the West Hollywood-based Lgbt playhouse to share the role of artistic director as it heads into its 31st season. Matthews and Shepperd, both Ovation Award winners, have each held the role individually since the theater was founded in 1982. John Michael Beck, who had been serving as artistic director, will shift over to a new role. Beck, who held the job from July 2011 to last December, will continue to serve as a board member and will remain responsible for the theater’s workshop program Ct Tuesdays, which he created. Through that program Celebration has mounted full productions of “The Next Fairy Tale,” which premiered in 2011, and “Revolver,” which is set to premiere in late spring, according to a release. Moreover, Michael O’Hara,
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