After 47 years of leading Costa Mesa's acclaimed South Coast Repertory theater company, co-founders David Emmes and Martin Benson will soon finally relinquish their shared role of artistic director to Marc Masterson, an outsider from out of state.
"I don't think anyone should expect drastic change or sudden shifts of direction, but I do think that there is a new perspective … A different set of connections and a different way of working perhaps," Masterson told the Daily Pilot in a phone interview on Friday, during a brief visit to Southern California.
"New perspectives can bring good things for everyone and that's what I'm hoping for," he added.
The company's board of directors and a search committee spent more than a year searching nationwide for the right candidate to fill the legendary stage duo's shoes. The recruiters sifted through 90 applications that came from all corners of the country.
Eventually, the list of candidates was whittled down, and the search ended in the blue grass of Kentucky. There they found Masterson, who has served for 11 years as the artistic leader at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.