LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (April 6, 2022) – A renowned Chicago theater company’s administrator with multiple Kentucky ties will become managing director of Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC) in Louisville.


CTC’s board of directors appointed Ian Frank managing director of the performing arts-education organization that engages 55,000 youth and adults in a typical year with the magic of theater – through professionally produced performances, a youth conservatory, classes, camps and outreach programs.


With more than 20 years’ experience in the arts and creative sectors, Frank previously was associate artistic director of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, a $1 million Chicago Equity theatre company known for its acclaimed performances and actors.


While his artistic career took him to Chicago, Frank has numerous ties to Kentucky arts education. He returned to Kentucky for nine summers to serve as faculty in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars program, he’s repeatedly worked with Actors Theatre of Louisville, and previously worked with the Lexington Children’s Theatre. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Danville prior to moving to Chicago to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the Theatre School at DePaul University.  Frank has also worked with the Actors’ Equity Association.


“I’m exhilarated by the challenge of returning to Louisville and adding the skills and insights I’ve learned from working across the country to this distinguished and deeply inspirational organization,” Frank said. “I can’t wait to help CTC flourish and grow as it continues to enrich this community through the power of live theatre.”


Frank’s appointment comes after a six-month national search, conducted by a search committee involving CTC board members, and with involvement from CTC staff and community representatives. Ashley|Roundtree and Associates consulted on the search process.


“What became clear through our review of many qualified candidates was that Ian is both a strategic and collaborative thinker with a passion for where arts and education intersect,” said Mark Gomsak, CTC board chair. “Arts organizations today face many new hurdles and Ian has shown an aptitude for guiding a theater organization successfully through these with purpose and vision. We’re excited to welcome him as CTC looks ahead to its next act, serving our students and audiences with our top-caliber theater education and outreach.”


Frank will begin as CTC’s managing director on April 11. CTC is currently in the midst of its spring semester of the Walden Theatre Conservatory, just wrapped its Young Playwrights Festival, and is preparing for its 23rd Young American Shakespeare Festival. It has a number of Blue Apple school outreach programs underway and is enrolling for a variety of summer camps and academies, for both young and adult actors.


“As artistic director I am especially eager to work with Ian to promote the vision and mission of the organization and to expand the reach and profile of CTC throughout the community and the region,” said Charlie Sexton, CTC’s long-time artistic director. “There are so many hopeful and exciting prospects and dreams on the horizon for us and I am confident Ian will do an excellent job managing the administrative function of the organization as well as help guide us to exciting new heights.”


About CTC

Commonwealth Theatre Center was formed in 2015, after the merger of two Louisville performing arts institutions: Walden Theatre and Blue Apple Players. With a mission to develop youth and our community through excellence in comprehensive theatre education and performance, CTC serves more than 55,000 youth and adults each year from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. Students hail from 63 ZIP codes and more than 300 schools throughout the region.


Many CTC alumni are sought after by the nation’s top BFA theatre programs. Recent graduates have matriculated at Juilliard School, Carnegie Mellon, Brown University, Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University, DePaul University, Indiana University, Centre College, and many more top schools nationwide. CTC is the only youth conservatory in the world to have produced and performed the entire Shakespeare canon. Skills and capacities students acquire – creative problem-solving, commitment, communication, and professionalism – translate well into any career, whether it’s on the stage, in the classroom, or in the boardroom.