Since Jonathan Fox took over directorship of Ensemble Theatre after the late Robert Grand Weiss’ retirement in 2006, he’s injected a lot of daring and controversy into Santa Barbara’s theater scene. Two years ago he oversaw the company’s grand move from the cozy but aging Alhecama Theatre to the lovely remodeled New Vic. That in turn has allowed him to think bigger and bolder, mixing in musicals and huge sets alongside the personal and intimate productions that people associate with the company.
In this hour-long chat we talk about his beginnings, his time working in software development, and whether he’s figured out what Santa Barbara audiences really want. There’s even an anecdote about meeting Bruce Springsteen.
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