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Public Theater Announces New Executive Artistic Director


The Board of Directors of The Public Theater of San Antonio is pleased to announce that Claudia de Vasco has been named as the new Executive Artistic Director.

Ms. de Vasco comes to San Antonio from Los Angeles, CA, although she was born and raised in Houston, TX. She comes with significant theater and leadership experience. The Public Theater will be well-served by her talent and passion.

Her academic credentials include a BFA from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with the prestigious Guthrie Theatre through a conservatory program hosted by the University. De Vasco is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Actors Equity Association, NALAC, The Kilroys and Nosotros.

The Public’s Board Chair, Dennis Karbach, commented: “After an extensive national search, we are very pleased that the search firm found Claudia. Her background, experience and vision will fit very well as The Public moves past the pandemic and [to] the exciting times ahead for theater in San Antonio.”

Upon her appointment as the Executive Artistic Director, Ms. de Vasco said, “As an enthusiastic theater and entertainment leader with eclectic work experience featuring a passion for the arts, transforming organizations, and social justice, I am pleased to have found in The Public Theater of San Antonio, an organization that I can immerse myself in and serve through leadership as part of the city’s continued expansion in the field of arts and culture.”

The Public Theater is San Antonio’s largest live professional theater organization, and the city’s only local Actors’ Equity Association Small Professional Regional Theater. Established in 1912 as the San Antonio Dramatic Club and incorporated in 1927 as the San Antonio Little Theatre, it moved into its current home, San Pedro Playhouse, in 1929. It is the most historic theater in South Texas.

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