Jon Carr has been named the artistic director of Dad's Garage Theatre, a plucky improvisational comedy group that has grown to become a mainstay of Atlanta's theater community. CONTRIBUTED: DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE

Jon Carr new director of Dad’s Garage Theatre

Jon Carr has been named the new artistic director at the plucky improvisational outfit, Dad’s Garage Theatre.

Carr began working as interim director of the theater group last fall, after longtime leader Kevin Gillese stepped down.

Gillese had served in that role since 2009, taking over from founding member Sean Daniels.

Carr has worked as marketing director at Dad’s Garage and in marketing and on the artistic side at the Alliance Theatre.

He has also been an ensemble performer at Dad’s since 2014. 

At the theater company Carr will share duties with managing director Lara Smith, who handles business operations. 

“This is my dream job,” said Carr in a statement. “Dad’s was started by young artists who wanted to create and be in work they were excited about and weren’t seeing elsewhere. That stands true to this day, almost 25 years later.”

Jon Carr, a steady member of the Dad's Garage Theatre ensemble since 2014, will share duties with managing director Lara Smith. CONTRIBUTED: DAD'S GARAGE THEATRE

Carr will host the TheatreSports show, a fast-paced improv competition, at Dad’s Garage on Saturday, Feb. 8. For information: dadsgarage.com/theatresports

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