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Edgar Miramontes becomes executive and artistic director of CAP UCLA

Royce Hall is pictured. Edgar Miramontes will be the UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance’s next executive and artistic director. (Daily Bruin file photo)

By Catherine Hamilton

May 24, 2023 12:04 a.m.

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance appointed Edgar Miramontes as its executive and artistic director Thursday. He will start the role in August.

Miramontes, a 2002 UCLA alumnus who has worked in the arts for more than 18 years, currently serves as the deputy executive director and curator at the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater – which is the California Institute of the Art’s downtown performance center – according to the press release announcing his appointment. He took up the position in 2019 following his tenure as the associate director.

CAP UCLA oversees theater, music, dance and other performances in Royce Hall and The Theatre at Ace Hotel, according to its website. It will soon also start hosting shows at the new UCLA Nimoy Theater, which will open on Westwood Boulevard in the fall.

Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture Brett Steele appointed Miramontes as the executive and artistic director following an international search. He will succeed Kristy Edmunds, who became the director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2021.

“Edgar’s appointment aligns with the start of an exciting new chapter for CAP UCLA that includes the eagerly anticipated opening of the UCLA Nimoy Theater,” said Chancellor Gene Block in the press release. “We look forward to having a distinguished alumnus at the helm of our flagship performing arts program, joining other campus leaders who are dedicated to advancing the arts at UCLA and further elevating our university’s standing as one of Southern California’s great cultural centers.”

Miramontes also serves as a board member of the National Performance Network and an advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project. He also co-curated and co-produced the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA in 2018, where more than 200 Latin American and Latino artists and performers showcased their work across Los Angeles, according to the press release.

“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected as executive and artistic director of CAP UCLA, and to join one of the nation’s greatest public research universities – and my alma mater – in this capacity,” Miramontes said in the press release. “It is a true privilege to join the leadership team, staff and artists, and uplift CAP UCLA’s legacy of presenting world-class programming that supports diverse artistic visions.”

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Catherine Hamilton
Hamilton was the 2023-2024 News editor and a Copy staff member. She was previously the 2022-2023 national news and higher education beat editor and a national news contributor.
Hamilton was the 2023-2024 News editor and a Copy staff member. She was previously the 2022-2023 national news and higher education beat editor and a national news contributor.
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