Can Theater Enable Community Transformation?
Curt Columbus became Trinity Repertory Company’s fifth artistic director in January 2006, and under his direction the company has deepened its commitment to education. Columbus has strengthened the connection between Trinity’s education programs and its other unique feature, its resident acting company. Many Trinity company actors are passionate teachers, at the heart of Trinity's education programs.
Trinity Rep’s K-12 Educational Enrichment program has grown threefold under Columbus' direction. Adult education offerings have also expanded, including weekly “talkbacks” for audience members, who get a chance to ask actors and directors questions and tell them what they loved and hated about what they saw on stage. Columbus also heads Trinity Rep’s MFA program in acting and directing, offered jointly with Brown University.
Columbus' directing credits for Trinity include Merchant of Venice, His Girl Friday, Camelot, Cabaret, The Odd Couple, The Secret Rapture, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Memory House, Blithe Spirit, Cherry Orchard, and the world premiere of Stephen Thorne's The Completely Fictional — Utterly True — Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe.
Columbus' plays Paris by Night, The Dreams of Antigone, and Sparrow Grass all premiered at Trinity Rep. His published works include an adaptation of Crime and Punishment, and translations of the Anton Chekhov plays Chekhov: The Four Major Plays and The Dreams of Antigone.