As we celebrate this amazing history, Curious is also looking ahead to the future. The 25th season will include a diverse line up of plays that explore the question “what does it mean to be an American?” with four of the five shows written by BIPOC or female playwrights.
Intentional Succession Plan
Curious steps into the future with a conscious and intentional succession plan for its artistic leadership. After significant planning, Chip Walton and Dee Covington will be working in a collaborative capacity throughout the 25th season to support the leadership transition, as well as directing and acting in shows before stepping away from the organization to pursue their next great adventure.
The board of directors unanimously approved and appointed long-time Curious Artistic Company member, actor and director Jada Suzanne Dixon into the role of Artistic Director. Dixon, who is currently serving as Artist-in-Residence and Associate Producer, will assume the role of Artistic Director in August 2022.
Walton and Covington were part of a group of intrepid artists who started Curious in 1997 after working together in a groundbreaking production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Over the past 24 years, Curious has become a major force for new plays in the Rocky Mountain region. Partners in both work and life, Walton and Covington married in 2011 and have two daughters.
Chip is known for his commitment to new plays and bold season selections focusing on world and regional premieres. He has directed more than 50 shows for Curious over the past 24 years and his work has garnered more than 100 local and national awards, he has served as the President of the National New Play Network, was in the inaugural class of Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellows, and brought Building the Wall to the Aspen Ideas Festival. Starting in August, he will work as an artistic and business consultant for the organization and will direct the final show of the season, On the Exhale.
“It’s been an amazing gift to have had the opportunity, along with Dee and so many other amazing Curious artists and supporters, to conjure, to create, and to cultivate Curious Theatre Company. And now, it is time to celebrate. Over 25 years and more than 100 shows, we’ve all created a remarkable body of artistic work together, through our shared vision, commitment to mission, and exceptional ensemble of artists, and that is an extraordinary opportunity for which I am deeply grateful.” said Walton.