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Dexter Brigham, Executive Artistic Director, Festival 56

Dexter Brigham, Executive Artistic Director

Born and raised in Princeton, Dexter Brigham spent 6 years living in New York City and working around the country as an actor in Broadway musicals and opera. The highlights of his performing career include the title role in the Off-Broadway revival of The Robber Bridegroom, the national tour of Frank Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel and Fred/Petruchio in the 2003-4 Broadway national tour of Kiss Me, Kate.

On the Festival 56 stage, Dexter has been a frequent guest artist in roles such as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and Benedick in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

In New York, in 2003 he co-founded The November Ten, a theatrical production company which subsequently brought the first cast of professional actors to Princeton, where they presented Showstoppers at the Prairie Arts Center. While in Princeton, Dexter met Terri Zearing, who helped to found Festival 56 in the summer of 2004. Dexter has served as the Executive Artistic Director of Festival 56 since then.

He is the 2009 recipient of the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Artist award.


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