The Houston native was selected to fill the vacancy left at Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre when Ed Smith left the post earlier this year.
Tre Garrett, 29, was been working as a show director with Walt Disney Entertainment in San Francisco since 2005. He attended Houston’s equivalent to Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School — the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts — graduated with a BFA in directing from North Carolina School of the Arts and a master’s from Academy of Art University.
He was the assistant director for the Broadway production of Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington. Garrett is a Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference Directing fellow, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographer’s John Gielgud Directing Fellow and Kenan Institute for the Arts Directing Fellow. He was also the 2005 director-in-residence for the John F. Kennedy Center.
The full press release follows:
Jubilee Theatre Announces New Artistic Director: Tre Garrett
Fort Worth, TX – November 19, 2010 – The Board of Trustees of Jubilee Theatre is proud to announce the selection of its new artistic director, Tre Garrett.
Tre Garrett is a native of Houston, Texas, where he attended its prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He holds a BFA in Directing from North Carolina School of the Arts and a MFA in Directing from Academy of Art University.
Since 2005, Garrett has worked with Walt Disney Entertainment, directing over 150 productions ranging from live entertainment to videos. Garrett was also honored as a Kennan Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center from 2004 – 2005, developing new works through staged readings and assisting in major Kennedy Center shows and tours. His theatrical experience includes an extensive list of regional work as well as serving as the Assistant Director in the Broadway production of Julius Caesar, starring Denzel Washington.
“Tre’s impressive list of directing accomplishments and undeniable enthusiasm for the theatre make him a natural fit for Jubilee. We are excited to have him join Jubilee and look forward to the theatre’s growth under his direction,” said Joy Thomas, Board President. Garret will join Jubilee Theatre in January and will make his directing debut with the final production of Jubilee’s 30th Anniversary Season. The production, slated to run July 22, 2010 through August 21, 2010, will be chosen by Garrett and announced next spring.
“I have always been in love with theatre. Growing up in Houston, Texas, I dreamed of the day that I would create and share my love with others. It feels good to be living a dream,” said Garrett. “I’m excited to begin this journey with Jubilee Theatre and I am committed to producing works that inspire, engage and entertain.”
About Jubilee Theatre
Jubilee Theatre was founded by Rudy and Marian Eastman in 1981 with a mission to create and produce theatrical works that reflect the African-American experience. Since its inception, Jubilee Theatre has grown to become an important part of the Fort Worth arts community, reaching over 18,000 individuals last season. This season, Jubilee Theatre celebrates its 30th Anniversary of sharing the African-American experience as told through live theater.