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DTC Actor Lee Trull to Become DTC New Play Development Director

In addition to being its casting director, Lee Trull has been a resident actor company member at the Dallas Theater Center — often playing villainous sorts onstage from Cain in In the Beginning to Edmund in King Lear, although he’s currently onstage as Speed in The Odd  Couple.

But that’ll be his last onstage acting appearance.  Now he’ll be working as a combo dramaturge and producer as he heads up the company’s development of new plays.
The full release follows:

Dallas Theater Center Announces Lee Trull as Director of New Play Development

DALLAS (April 1, 2013) – Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty announced today that DTC Associate Artist and Brierley Resident Acting Company member Lee Trull has been promoted to Director of New Play Development. In his new position, Trull will produce readings, workshops and productions of new plays and musicals, manage new play submissions, serve as a member of the theater’s senior staff, engage in education and outreach efforts, and participate as a member of the theater’s artistic staff. Trull began working for Dallas Theater Center and joined the Resident Acting Company in 2008.

“From my early work reading stage directions for Fresh Ink/Forward Motion, to my first union acting job in A Christmas Carol, to my years serving as casting director, literary associate and resident acting company member, DTC has been a central part of my development as an artist,” said Trull. “I am humbled and enthused to begin the next leg of my journey with DTC and look forward to the challenges and adventures that lie ahead.”

In addition to developing and producing new works for DTC, Trull will serve as associate director to Moriarty on DTC’s brand new production of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, premiering at the Wyly Theatre in 2013 and he will direct the production in 2014. He will also provide dramaturgical information for DTC’s productions.

“Lee has been a valuable member of our acting company, contributing signature performances in roles ranging from his comic turns in Arsenic and Old Lace and The Tempest to his dramatic performances in Cabaret and King Lear, among others,” said Moriarty. “Though I will miss collaborating with him as an actor on stage, I am immensely happy for him and proud of him as he makes the transition to artistic leadership and explores new opportunities as a producer, dramaturg, and member of DTC’s senior staff. I am certain that Lee will be a meaningful contributor to our artistic team at DTC and that he will have a bright future in the American Theater for many years to come.”

Trull’s final on-stage role as a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at DTC is Speed in The Odd Couple. DTC’s The Odd Couple, called a “comic hit” by Lawson Taitte of The Dallas Morning News and “breezy and hilarious” by Lindsey Wilson of D Magazine’s FrontRow, runs at the Wyly Theatre through April 14. Tickets to The Odd Couple are available for as little as $15 and can be purchased online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202.

LEE TRULL is the Director of New Play Development and a former member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at DTC where his credits include: King LearNext FallThe TempestCabaretArsenic and Old LaceThe Beauty PlaysA Midsummer Night’s DreamIn the Beginning; and A Christmas Carol. Work at other theaters includes: Trinity Repertory Company; Kitchen Dog Theater; Classical Acting Company; Theatre Three; WaterTower Theatre; Stage West Theatre; Dallas Children’s Theater; and Shakespeare Dallas. Directing credits include The Midwest TrilogyDying City (Second Thought Theatre) It’s a Bird It’s a Plane It’s Superman (DTC, Assistant Director) and numerous readings at KDT’s New Works Festival. Playwriting credits include: Huck FinnGift of the Magi (CAC); Puppet Boy (Stage West Theatre). Mr. Trull is an artistic company member at Kitchen Dog Theater, an artistic consultant for Second Thought Theatre, and he serves on the National New Play Network’s Ambassadors Council.