The Black Hills of Dakota Will Never be the Same Drama Alum Appointed Artistic Director of Historic Theatre

The New School for Drama alum Dennis W. Gleason (Directing, ’03) has been appointed the managing artistic director of the historic 42-year-old Black Hills Community Theatre in Rapid City, South Dakota, located near Mount Rushmore.

In addition to directing several shows a year, Gleason will produce all productions of the theatre’s six branches: the Mainstage (a five-show adult subscription series), the Youngstage (a three-show subscription series of shows for children), the Cherry Street Players (theatre classes for children resulting in a two shows), the Well Done Players (an acting troupe of senior citizens), Storybook Island Theatre (summer theatre in the park for children and families) and the Dinner Theatre (located in anearby hotel). Black Hills Community Theatre is one of the most unique theatres in the country with more than 400 performances a year. Gleason just finished directing their production of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley and is currently directing Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers.

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