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One of the founders of an award-winning theater company on the South Coast retires

The co-founder of Ventura's Rubicon Theater Company, Karyl Lynn Burns, has retired.

Ventura's Rubicon Theater Company staged more than 160 productions under the tenure of Karyl Lynn Burns

The co-founder of an award-winning non-profit theater company on the South Coast has retired.

Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil founded Ventura’s Rubicon Theater Company nearly 25 years ago. During their tenure, the company bought a building, and remodeled it into a complete theater complex.

Rubicon produced more than 160 dramas, comedies, and musicals, including more than 20 world premieres. Some of its productions have toured the world, with five of its shows going to New York, and others going to places like London and Tokyo.

Burns stepped down as Producing Artistic Director this week. They’ve turned the reins over to Beverly and Kirby Ward, who have been involved with shows at the theater since 2008, and eventually became staff members.

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