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Carole Shorenstein Hays Names Kevin Sessums as Curran’s Editor-at-Large

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San FranciscoCarole Shorenstein Hays announced today that author and publishing world legend Kevin Sessums has been named Editor-at-Large of the Curran theatre.  His responsibilities will include managing and overseeing all editorial content for the “Curran: Under Construction” programs, as well as curating and hosting an occasional on-stage series of conversation and performance featuring today’s most compelling thought leaders and artists, called Groundbreakers with Kevin Sessums.


“Kevin is not only an extraordinary writer and a true creative force here in San Francisco, but he also knows first hand the power of reinvention,” Shorenstein Hays said.  “He is a perfect addition to our Curran family.”


“I am so excited to be involved with the Curran’s new and evolving incarnation under Carole Shorenstein Hays’ inspired leadership,” Mr. Sessums enthused.  “After creating FourTwoNine magazine here in San Francisco as its founding Editor in Chief, I was looking for a new challenge.  I am grateful that Carole has offered me one and, by doing so, has enabled me to remain here in San Francisco, a city I have grown to love.  This city is the center of so much innovation and the Curran is going to be drawing on the artistic and technological energy all around us.  I am looking forward to the innovative ways I can contribute to the Curran in my new role as its Editor at Large.  Plus, I get to continue another role I have grown to love here, that of a devoted Giants fan.”


Kevin Sessums began his career as Executive Editor for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine before serving as contributing editor at Vanity Fair for fourteen years where he was also the Fanfair Editor.  He has been a contributing editor for Allure and Parade magazines and his work has appeared in Marie Claire, Elle, Playboy, Out, and Travel+Leisure.  For several years, he was a regular contributor to The Daily Beast.  His Facebook page has a large and loyal following.  Sessums’s two memoirs, Mississippi Sissy and I Left It on the Mountain, have both been New York Times bestsellers. He lives at the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco with his dogs, Archie and Teddy.


Built in 1922, the Curran has housed some of the most important productions in theater history and has maintained a reputation over the course of its life as one of the most prestigious live entertainment venues in North America.  Now, nearly 100 years after it welcomed its first Bay Area audiences, the Curran is undergoing a major restoration and renovation.  Under the curation of eight-time Tony Award winner Carole Shorenstein Hays, the Curran will reopen as a 1,600 seat venue in late 2016 with the new mission.  Inspired by the unique entrepreneurial spirit of the Bay Area, as well as Ms. Shorenstein Hays’s lifelong passion for creatively daring, cutting-edge material, the Curran will provide a home for a handpicked selection of the most exciting stage works being conceived and created anywhere in the world.


“Curran: Under Construction” features an array of wildly inventive and diverse works, each with ties to the Bay Area. This ground-breaking festival began last week with The Events (September 23 – 26) and also includes The Object Lesson (October 14-18), Ghost Quartet (October 22-25 & 28-31), Steve Cuiffo is Lenny Bruce (November 19-21), StewNotes of a Native Song (December 3-5), Story Pirates’ Greatest Hits Show (December 12-13 & 19-20) and Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music (January 17-31). Tickets for “Curran: Under Construction” offerings are priced from $25 to $50 and can be purchased by exclusively via Eventbrite by visiting SFCURRAN.COM, where you can also find all the latest information about “Curran: Under Construction” and plans for the new Curran theatre.

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