Bruce Lumpkin has joined the staff of Theatre Under the Stars as artistic director.

The artistic director position at TUTS was previously held by the organization's founder Frank Young. In his new role, Lumpkin will maintain artistic oversight of the theater company's productions and provide creative direction to TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre.

A Houston native, Lumpkin's experience includes working with Tommy Tune on the Broadway productions of Grand Hotel, Nine and My One and Only. He also co-directed Grand Hotel on London's West End, served on the creative team for the national tours of Dr. Doolittle and Nine and has directed regional productions at respected theatres across the nation. Lumpkin received the Barrymore Award for Best Director and Best Musical for his revisionist look at Cabaret. His most recent works at TUTS include White Christmas and Miss Saigon.

Theatre Under The Stars was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform for free to the public when it was founded in Hermann Park in 1968. Today the company produces an annual season of musical theater shows staged at the Hobby Center.