MTC Artistic Director Lucas Near-Verbruggh

Mendocino Theatre Company adds new artistic director Lucas Near-Verbrugghe

The following review appeared in the Mendocino Beacon, 2/1/2024

The Mendocino Theatre Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Lucas Near-Verbrugghe as the newest member of its esteemed Leadership Team. Lucas will join the existing Artistic Directors, Betty Abramson, Mark Friedrich, and Producing Director, Beth Craven, in overseeing the leadership of the 48-year-old company. Lucas replaces outgoing Artistic Director Roxy Seven. The Mendocino Theatre Company is excited to have Lucas’ fresh and dynamic artistic perspective, as well as his exceptional background in the performing arts.

A native of San Francisco, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe brings a wealth of talent and experience to the role of Artistic Director. With an MFA in Acting from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a BA in Theatre from UC Santa Barbara, Lucas has honed his skills as a versatile actor, director, and teacher in prominent theater productions around the country. His creative vision, commitment to artistic excellence, and dedication to community engagement make him a perfect fit for the Mendocino Theatre Company.

Throughout his career, Lucas has demonstrated a deep passion for storytelling and a keen understanding of how theater can connect with audiences on a profound level. His extensive experience in both classical and contemporary works ensures a diverse and captivating repertoire for the Mendocino Theatre Company. Lucas’s collaborative spirit, combined with his ability to nurture and elevate the talent of fellow artists, will undoubtedly contribute to the continued growth and success of the company.

Lucas expressed his enthusiasm about joining the Mendocino Theatre Company, stating, “I am honored to join the Artistic Committee here at Mendocino Theater Company.  MTC  has a long and rich history as a cultural center on the coast, and I look forward to building upon that legacy.  I am so thrilled to be working alongside Betty Abramson and Mark Friedrich to continue to produce high-quality, thought-provoking, and inspiring theater experiences for the community.”

Producing Director Beth Craven, Betty Abramson, and Mark Friedrich, current members of the Mendocino Theatre Company’s Leadership Team, extend a warm welcome to Lucas and express their excitement about future collaborations. They believe that his diverse background and artistic vision will invigorate the company’s creative endeavors, ensuring an unforgettable theatrical experience for audiences.

The Mendocino Theatre Company eagerly anticipates embarking on a new era under the leadership of Lucas Near-Verbrugghe. With his unique artistic sensibilities, passion for storytelling, and dedication to community engagement, the company aims to continue its tradition of presenting exceptional theater productions that foster cultural enrichment, entertainment, and a sense of community.