FRANK BUTLER, FOUNDER/PRODUCER
Frank's background includes an eighteen-year tenure as Production Director for the Guthrie Theater, under Joe Dowling's artistic leadership. During that time, he led a staff of eighty union and non-union full-time employees. He created partnerships with both international and domestic nonprofit and commercial producers, producing several regional and national tours, as well as Broadway offerings. He served as the theater liaison for the creation of the Guthrie’s new home on the Mississippi River, a $125M three-theater complex designed by Pritzker-winning architect, Jean Nouvel. Prior to the Guthrie, Frank was the Production Manager for the American Repertory Theater, under the artistic direction of Robert Brustein, working with directors such as Andrei Serban, Robert Wilson, Oskar Eustis, Richard Foreman, and Anne Bogart. Frank began his career in the lighting field and has numerous LORT designs to his credit. He holds an MFA in lighting design from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s degree in technical theater from Purdue University. He is a founding member of the Production Manager’s Forum.