Today, Oct. 30, Kansas City Repertory Theatre announced two additions to their artistic staff with Jason Chanos, UMKC alumnus, as associate artistic director, and Marissa Wolf as director of new work development/artistic associate.
Eric Rosen, artistic director announced the change which included the addition of the newly created position of director of new work, which Wolf will assume. Chanos, with ties to UMKC, fills a vacancy and begins Jan. 5, 2015. Wolf begins Dec. 10, 2014.
“This announcement is significant for KC Rep, especially during our 50th anniversary,” Rosen stated. “Both Jason and Marissa bring extraordinary talent and achievement to KC Rep and this community. Having Jason as a UMKC alumnus is doubly joyful in that it speaks volumes, not only for the quality of the program but as well for Jason’s commitment to bringing those talents to Kansas City.
“Part of our mission at KC Rep is to develop new works. This newly created position is the best expression of that mission. Furthermore, the 50th anniversary is about honoring KC Rep’s commitment to present the highest quality productions of classics and new works. These two are a perfect example of that commitment. Our audiences should expect to see even greater work coming out of KC Rep.”
Chanos comes to the Rep after serving for six years as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he directed productions in their main stage season, became the Head of Recruiting and Program Assessment, designed and implemented the Voice and Movement curriculum, and taught more than 30 classes. Chanos He also received more than 10 research grants to pursue a Linklater Teacher designation.
Originally from Colorado, Chanos earned his BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. Following that, he was offered a Chancellor’s Scholarship to attend the UMKC Professional Actor Training Program where he earned his MFA in Theatre Arts with emphasis in Acting and Directing in 1997.
Chanos is a member of SAG and AEA and has worked professionally as a regional stage actor for more than 19 years. He has performed across the country in over 20 new works and 30 fully staged productions, including local performances at The Unicorn (“Fully Committed”), The Coterie (“Whale”), Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (“Hamlet”) and Kansas City Repertory Theatre (“The Last Night of Ballyhoo”).
Marissa Wolf joins KC Rep staff after six seasons as the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco, an indie company on the West Coast. Wolf directed several west coast and world premiere productions for the company including “The Late Wedding” by Christopher Chen, “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, “The Bereaved” by Thomas Bradshaw, “Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven” by Young Jean Lee.
Other credits include the world premiere of “77%” by Rinne Groff at SF Playhouse, “Precious Little” by Madeleine George, Act II of “The Lily’s Revenge” by Taylor Mac, “Truce” by Marilee Talkington, “The Music Man” at Berkeley Playhouse, and more.
Additionally, Wolf directed workshops at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Marin Theatre Company, and Playwrights Foundation.
Wolf previously held the Bret C. Harte Directing Internship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for two years. Wolf earned her degree in drama from Vassar College, and received additional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.