AURORA | Bryce Alexander, artistic director at Phamaly Theatre Company for the past 18 months, announced his resignation Wednesday, Aug. 31, marking the end of a nine-year stint with the troupe.
Alexander will be heading south to take a position as the artistic director for The Naples Players in Florida, according to a news release.
“While Phamaly has been a wonderful artistic playground, it is the people of Phamaly that I will miss the most,” Alexander said in a statement. “Having learned many lessons in leadership from all of those who have surrounded and nurtured me these many years, I am excited to put these lessons to good use in a new environment.”
Alexander took the artistic reins at Phamaly from the company’s longtime artistic director, Steve Wilson, in February 2015. Prior to that transition, Alexander served as the company’s associate artistic director and production manager.
“Bryce has raised the bar during his time with Phamaly Theatre Company,” said Maureen Johnson Ediger, Phamaly’s executive director. “His passion for including artists living with all disabilities combined with his innate talent for nurturing thought-provoking theater made him a profound artistic leader for our company. Beyond the actors on the stage, Bryce has also made theater more approachable and accessible to audiences and other theater organizations through his work with sensory friendly programming. He will be missed and we wish him great success in Florida.”
Formerly known as The Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League, Phamaly produces plays and musicals across the metro area using casts of performers with varying physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Now based in Englewood, the company was founded in Denver in 1989. Phamaly also regularly performs at The Aurora Fox Arts Center.
Regan Linton, a former Phamaly actress as well as a staff and board member for the company, will be succeeding Alexander as Phamaly’s artistic director in residence.
“She is the ideal candidate to pick up the torch and seamlessly move the company forward with their mission to inspire people to re-envision disability through professional theatre,” Tamara Arredondo, Phamaly’s director of development and marketing, said in a statement.
Linton is slated to begin her duties when Alexander leaves Phamaly at the beginning of October.