After six seasons with Bangor’s Penobscot Theatre Company, Scott R.C. Levy, 35, announced Monday that he will step down as producing artistic director in June.
He will be traveling west to accept a position as the producing artistic director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company, which includes a museum, the Bemis School of Art, a restaurant and a bar in addition to the theater.
“It’s a very interesting model — it’s a whole center of activity,” Levy said Monday. “It’s definitely the leader of arts organization in Colorado Springs.”
As a director, actor and producer, Levy has worked on, off and off-off Broadway; at the New York and Edinburgh Fringe festivals; and in more than 60 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
For his work at Penobscot Theatre, Levy has received the community revitalization award from Maine Preservation, the organizational impact award from the Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Fusion Bangor’s Horizon Award. He was named to MaineBiz’s NEXT list as one of the top 10 people shaping the future of Maine’s economy.
“There’s absolutely no animosity at all. I did cherish my time here in Bangor,” Levy said Monday in a phone interview. “I’ve made a commitment to life in the theater, and having that life means that I explore many opportunities. This new one in Colorado Springs marks a significant leap in the business for me and presents new opportunities.”
Members of the Bangor arts community voiced appreciation for Levy’s contributions.
“We are sorry to see Scott go, but we feel fortunate to have had his talent, passion and vision for the past six years,” Penobscot Theatre Company board of directors President Bob Kelly stated in a release.
“He has been very active in the community and has worked tirelessly to make Penobscot Theatre a more prominent player in the region,” Kelly said. “Under his guidance, Penobscot Theatre has become an even greater part of the downtown Bangor community, playing a significant role in helping to shape the future economic and cultural development of the area. We wish him continued success as he takes the next steps in his career.”
Levy’s wife, Joye Cook-Levy, is PTC’s education and outreach director and will make the move to Colorado with her husband, but will leave a few weeks later at the end of June to ensure that the summer programs, such as Northern Writes, are up and running.
Scott R.C. Levy said a move such as this is a natural progression for those who make a career out of theater production.
“I will always treasure my tenure at Penobscot Theatre and the time my family and I have had in Maine,” Levy said. “This new opportunity represents an exciting challenge, and I am looking forward to the move out West and also the next four months of creating theater here in Bangor.”
Levy added new programming during his time at PTC, but most visibly, he largely was responsible for giving the Bangor Opera House, which houses the theater, an approximately $500,000 exterior face-lift. Built in 1920, the opera house is an early example of Art Deco-Egyptian Revival architecture.
Beyond the theater’s mainstage season, it is host to the annual Northern Writes New Play Festival and has a year-round education program that is the largest in the state, serving thousands of Maine students in schools with workshops, touring performances, student matinees and internship opportunities.
“I leave the organization in a really good place and with a really good administrative team in place, and as far as I know, they’re not going anywhere,” Levy said. “I have all hope that the work that we’ve been able to do over the last six seasons will continue and only get better.”
Levy said he expects that the PTC board of directors will create a search committee to determine what characteristics it would like to see in a new director before a formal search begins.