Stephen Hyers, drama center director, dies

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Stephen Hyers, the director of the musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," works with actors during a rehearsal for the show at the Greensboro Cultural Center in downtown Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. (News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Stephen D. Hyers, managing director of the City Arts Drama Center, died Thursday after an 18-year battle with a brain tumor.

Hyers, 47, died shortly before 5:30 p.m. at Beacon Place of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, his wife, Ashley Hyers, said. He had been hospitalized on Sept. 11 and moved to hospice on Sept. 16.

He directed plays, ran several programs including the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum, and taught playwriting and safe techniques for stage combat at area colleges and universities. He became known for his stage combat expertise.

Hyers is survived by his wife and their two children, Andrew, 19 and Page, 14.

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