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Cape Playhouse Taps Michael Rader as Artistic Director

Michael RaderPhoto Courtesy Cape Playhouse - Michael Rader

How do you celebrate a 90th anniversary? If you’re the Cape Playhouse, you do so by welcoming a new artistic director.

Last week, the historic theater tapped Michael Rader to the position, replacing interim director Erik Orton. Mimi de Quesada serves as the Playhouse’s managing director.

Rader has an extensive background in the theater as a director, executive and educator. Currently, he is the resident director for the Broadway national tour of “A Christmas Story” where he is managing over 60 actors, musicians and crew members. He was also artistic director for Cirque du Soleil on its international tour of “Varekai” and has served on a variety of productions including The Actors Studio, The Jerry Lewis Telethon and The York Theatre Company.

In addition to his theatrical experience, Rader was a Broadway liaison to the New York State Department of Education, consulting on arts integration and curriculum development in New York City schools.

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“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the exceptional staff and passionate board of directors of The Cape Playhouse as we collaboratively work towards the centennial anniversary of this historic theater,” Rader said. “To have been chosen for this position is a great honor.”

Leslie A. Gardner, vice president of the Board of Trustees for The Cape Cod Center for the Arts which operates the Cape Playhouse, made the announcement, highlighting Rader’s broad experience as a boon for the theater. “He is uniquely equipped to guide the historic Cape Playhouse through the next decade,” Gardner said. “We are happy to welcome him and look forward to his leadership.”

Rader was introduced to the community at The Cape Playhouse’s 90th Anniversary Gala held earlier this evening.