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Daily Voice Leaders: Michael Ross, Westport Country Playhouse

Michael Ross, the managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse sat down with Daily Voice to talk about some of his favorite moments, challenges and the future of the organization.
Michael Ross, the managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse sat down with Daily Voice to talk about some of his favorite moments, challenges and the future of the organization. Video Credit: Daily Voice

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Taking in a show at the Westport Country Playhouse is a lot more than just local theater; its an experience from the moment you pull in the driveway.

"It's a gorgeous place to come to, especially in the summer months. They come into our beautiful garden that's in bloom and the come into the gorgeous theater." playhouse Managing Director Michael Ross told Daily Voice. "Then, hopefully, the experience by the work we do on stage. In being so impressed with the level of professionalism, the artists we work with, the way we deliver a play to the audience."

Ross joined the Westport Country Playhouse in 2009 and brought a solid resume with him. His previous stops included Centerstage in Baltimore, where he served as managing director. He's also served s an adjunct professor in the Yale University School of Drama Theater Management Program.

Since taking over, Ross has been helping produce shows that will pull people away from all of today's technological distractions.

"Our biggest challenge is getting people off their couch and away from their computer," Ross said. "I think people do appreciate and love the idea that they're going to get away from all of those electronic devices for a few hours."

Ross also discussed:

  • What people should think of when they hear "Westport Country Playhouse." (0:08 into clip)
  • What's surprising about the playhouse? (0:48 into clip)
  • What's different about this season? (2:59 into clip)
  • Ross' favorite events. (3:45 into clip)
  • The importance of community (4:58 into clip)
  • Challenges facing the playhouse. (6:42 into clip)
  • What to expect in 2016. (7:28 into clip)

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