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Cleveland Play House Managing Director Kevin Moore dies at 59

Moore was a national and Northeast Ohio non-profit leader and advocate of the arts.
Credit: The Cleveland Play House

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Play House community is saddened by the loss of their Managing Director Kevin Moore.

Moore died Saturday, October 24 due to a possible pulmonary embolism or heart attack, according to reports.

Moore joined the Cleveland Play House team in 2007. During his tenure, the Play House relocated to the Allen Theatre in partnership with Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University.

Moore was instrumental in the building of the Outcalt and Helen theatres and renovating the historical Allen Theatre while also shepherding the theatre's move from E. 85th Street and Euclid to the new home at Playhouse Square in 2011.

Before coming to the Cleveland Play House, Moore served as Managing Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C. and prior to that he was Director of Marketing at both La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California  and Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Moore taught theatre management at Cleveland State University and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University.

He was a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Arts Management and served on the Board of Directors of the Arts Cleveland and Theatre Forward and the membership committee of the Commission on Economic Inclusion.

Moore was also former president of both the National New Play Network and the League of Washington Theatres and was a member of the Leadership Cleveland class of  2009.

Moore graduated Moorhead State University in Minnesota and earned a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University.

Moore had been guiding the Play House through the challenges of COVID-19 since March. 

Moore is survived by Baryn Yoon, his loving husband of five years, his mother Margaret, siblings Tom, Helen, and Tara, two goddaughters Stephanie and Nicole and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Gifts in memory of Kevin Moore may be made to Cleveland Play House, 1901 East 13th Street, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 or at the Play House website.


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