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Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 21 2020 9:40 AM

(Birmingham, AL; July 21, 2020) – Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s Executive Artistic

Director Brandon Bruce will be stepping down his post after leading BCT since 2016. Mr.

Bruce will be relocating to North Carolina, where his spouse has received a senior level

position with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bruce will be replaced by Ashley

Woods, who will assume the title of Interim Executive Artistic Director in early August.

“The past 4 years at BCT have been absolutely magical for me,” says Brandon Bruce. “I am

extremely grateful to BCT’s Board of Trustees, staff, and every single artist with whom I have

collaborated since 2016. Most of all, however, I am grateful to the children, teachers, and

parents who have left a permanent mark on my life. I hope to work with BCT regularly in the

future and will forever remain a friend and ally of this organization.”

Ashley Woods, who has been with BCT since 2017, is excited to tackle her new leadership

role. "As we face one of the most unusual seasons in BCT’s 73 year history,” Woods says, “I

am inspired by the creativity of our team and energized by the possibility of finding new ways

to create and connect with our community. I am grateful to Brandon for his leadership, and

honored to carry forward BCT’s essential mission to educate, enrich and entertain the youth

of Alabama."

While the Board of Trustees is sad to see Brandon Bruce leave after such a successful

tenure, they are excited to see where BCT can go under Woods’ leadership. “Birmingham

Children’s Theatre continues to be an asset to the Birmingham community and Alabama,”

said Chris Cain, the President of BCT’s Board of Trustees. “Our area is fortunate to have

one of the nation’s oldest professional theatre companies for young audiences and is in a

select group of cities to host such an organization. The Board is excited to have Ashley

Woods lead BCT given her vision, creativity, and determination. She will further the

enthusiasm and commitment to quality of BCT’s previous Executive Artistic Director Brandon

Bruce. Brandon’s dedication to BCT was greatly appreciated and the Board wishes him well

with his future endeavors.“

About Birmingham Children’s Theatre

Birmingham Children’s Theatre exists to educate, enrich, and entertain through the magic of

professional theatre. One of the nation’s oldest and largest professional theatre companies for

young audiences, BCT produces high-quality, professional theatrical entertainment and

curriculum-relevant arts education experiences for children and families. Established in 1947,

BCT has touched the lives of over thirteen million students throughout its seven-decade history.



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