Seattle, WA– Theatre Puget Sound, the Seattle area’s leading arts service organization for performing arts organizations, artists and audiences, today announced the hiring of Andy Jensen into the newly created position of
Director of Programming, replacing Sam Read, who has accepted a position at Theatre Bay Area in San Francisco. Jensen will join Theatre Puget Sound full-time on April 1.
Jensen, who currently serves as the Education Administrative Manager at Seattle Children’s Theatre, brings a solid track record of program management and community engagement experience to Theatre Puget Sound. He has been deeply involved with the Seattle theatre community for many years. He is currently on the Steering Committee for 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival. Previously, he served as Studio Director at On the Boards and PR / Marketing Manager for Book-It Repertory Theatre. He has worked as an actor, director and teacher in Seattle for Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT Theatre, and 5th Avenue Theatre, among others. His direction of the plays Piledriver and The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico won a Seattle Times Footlight Award and a “Top Ten of the 90s” from The Stranger, respectively.
“I am thrilled to welcome Andy as our new Director of Programming,” said Theatre Puget Sound Executive Director Karen Lane. “His knowledge of our community as an active artistic participant, as well as his years of service in many aspects of programming and communications makes him an ideal addition to the TPS staff. I look forward to his contribution to our team.”
“I am very excited to sustain and build on the existing programs that have meant so much to so many in the region,” said Jensen. “I am looking forward to working with our members and the rest of the theatre professionals and audience in the region to make TPS the best arts support organization in the country.”
In his new role at Theatre Puget Sound, Jensen will assume leadership of the organization’s successful Arts Crush program, a month-long, multi-disciplinary festival that serves as a collaborative marketing and community engagement tool for the regional arts community.
About Theatre Puget Sound
Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is a leadership and service organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services. TPS is now one of the Northwest’s leading arts advocacy and leadership organizations, providing programming and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community. TPS has a two-fold mission: To promote the spiritual and economic necessity of theatre to the public, and to unify and strengthen the theatre community through programs, resources, and services. TPS membership includes more than 1,700 individual artists and 140 performing arts organizations. Furthermore, their Space for the Arts program, Arts Crush and educational programming serves more than 200 non-theatre arts organizations and innumerable individual artists annually.