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Egyptian gains new leadership

ANNA BLOOM, Of the Record staff

Two new faces will steer the Egyptian Theatre Company this year, as Terence Goodman steps up as artistic director and Paul Dorius takes the reins in the executive director’s position.

Both appointments were announced this week, however, Dorius has been serving as the theatre’s executive director since the end of May.

Dorius has lived in Utah for more than 35 years and in the Park City area for 15, working for International companies and heading his software company, eXegeSys.

Over the last seven years, Dorius has been a part of the Egyptian board in a variety of capacities, including acting executive director and president two years ago.

"I think that in the coming year, my hope is that we can strengthen our financial position to do more of the things Park City wants of us that we can continue our tradition of excellent productions and expand our outreach programs," he said.

While Dorius will be strengthening the business side at the 85-year-old theatre, Goodman will manage the artistic content, ensuring that programs appeal to and challenge audiences.

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Goodman replaces Dana Durbano, whose credits at the Egyptian include an eight-year stint as the original director of the youth outreach program.

In the last four years as artistic director, Durbano has brought edgy theatre to "this side of the Wasatch," brainging shows like "Jesus Christ Superstar" and this winter’s "Tommy" to the Egyptian.

But after a good 12-year run with the Egyptian, she says she is prepared to move on to other opportunities.

"I had my goals set out for myself at the theatre and I feel I have set a new standard of professionalism at the Egyptian with the quality productions and the seasons I selected," Durbano explained. "I’m just at the point where I feel I’ve accomplished my goals and I’m ready for some new challenges."

Durbano continues to live in Park City and has taken the time off to travel. She looks forward to seeing Goodman’s productions, and says she’s told Egyptian board members, and Goodman, she hopes to be invited back to direct in the future.

In this week’s press release announcing his hire, Goodman explained his intention as the Egyptian’s new artistic director is to build upon Durbano’s legacy.

"I hope to continue to improve upon what Dana Durbano has found successful, and that is smart, edgy new musicals," he said. "I would also like to introduce some hilarious new plays using my many New York friends and fellow Broadway actors to attract an audience."

Goodman relocated from New York City to Park City with his wife, Catherine, and son, Jack Patrick, in 2005 and quickly became involved at the Egyptian. His onstage debut at the theatre was a role as Caldwell B. Cladwell in last summer’s satirical musical "Urinetown." In April, Goodman served as director of the theatre’s annual lampoon, "Park City Follies."

Goodman’s Broadway credits include a part in the original cast for "Jesus Christ Superstar," and Captain Smith in "Titanic." His film experience includes roles in "Ode to Billy Joe," "Ruthless People" and "Final Rinse." In television, he has appeared on "Laverne and Shirley," "Three’s Company" "Hill Street Blues" and "Everwood."

Currently, Goodman is in the final week of rehearsals at Logan’s Old Lyric Repertory Company, where he is directing "The Member of the Wedding," a Southern coming-of-age play set in the 1940s.