“I’ve been the Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare since 2013. I met my wife, Tina Jo Wallace, when we were actors with Kentucky Shakespeare. She’s now an actor and producer of children’s theatre at Derby Dinner Playhouse. We’ve lived here since 2001 and have two daughters.”
Describe Louisville’s spirit: Resilient, creative and eclectic. A bigger city feel with smaller town warmth and charm. Feels like home.
Must-do Louisville experiences: The free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, of course! Our beautiful parks system, Big Four Bridge, Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Science Center, 21c, and always Churchill Downs. Can’t wait to visit the new Old Forester Distillery.
Favorite local festivals and events to attend: Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Derby Festival, Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, St. James Art Show and Actors Theatre’s Humana Festival of New Plays.
Go-to places to eat and drink: Buck’s, Volare, Hell or High Water, and Anselmo’s on a date night; the Bard’s Town, The Post, and Oskar’s with the kids; Toast on Market and Heine Bros. in the morning, and Amici, Proof, or the Bard’s Town for a post-show drink.
What do you love most about Louisville? I love the arts scene, the arts community, loyal audiences, and the generous arts supporters. The arts in Louisville are growing, getting even better – becoming more inclusive, more collaborative and more accessible. We’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s certainly an exciting time for the arts in Louisville.