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Arts & Entertainment New artistic director at the playhouse

The Highlands Playhouse, the second oldest professional theater in North Carolina, is gearing up to open their 73rd Season on June 16 with the show “Suds: The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera.” At the helm of the Playhouse this year is DV Caitlyn, the theatre’s new artistic director. Caitlyn, an Assistant Professor of Theater at Western Carolina University, is excited to tackle his new role.

Born and raised in California, Caitlyn earned a BA. in Theatre Arts from CSU Fresno and an MFA from U.C. San Diego. He began his professional acting career by performing King John at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, also known as Shakespeare in the Park. His career in New York spanned roles in Broadway and Off Broadway productions with notable actors such as Christopher Walken, Bradley Whitford, Len Cariou, Campbell Scott, Irene Worth and many others. Television roles include a recurring role on “One Life to Live” and an appearance as a fire fighter on “Sesame Street.”

He has appeared in productions at some of the country’s most notable regional theatres including two productions at The La Jolla Playhouse; Actors Theatre of Louisville; and as the originator of the role of Nino in the world premier of Front Street at the St. Genisus Theatre. He moved to Los Angeles after several years working in New York, and immediately began landing roles in film and television, including “21 Jump Street,” “JAG,” “One World, Columbo,” “Father Dowling,” and “Sirens” to name a few, and in films such as “Durango Kids,” “Murder Between Friends,” “And Then She Was Gone,” and “Roger Corman’s Dinocroc,” aka Prime Evil among others. Additionally, he is a produced playwright and an award-winning screenwriter, and is hoping to finish a new play by the end of the summer.

Why the Highlands Playhouse?

“The biggest draws of the Playhouse in my opinion have been its history, its heritage and the passion on the part of the Board of Directors which one can not help but feel when walking in to the theatre, or driving in to town for that matter,” said Caitlyn. He added that he hoped “to add to that list of biggest draws by bringing in highly accomplished, well-known and even some ‘name’ actors who are new to the Highlands Stage, as I have begun to do this season with ‘Harvey’ and ‘Hear What’s in the Heart.’”

When asked for some highlights of the upcoming season Caitlyn said, “I am very excited by the level of talent that will be gracing our stage this season. Absolutely amazing. From the first show ... I think the Highlands community is in for nothing short of a fantastic, energetic, and exciting season — the kind they have been waiting and asking for.”

For ticket information to the Highlands Playhouse, call (828)526-2695.


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