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Entrances and Exits for December 2013

Staff changes and trasitions are taking place from the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville to The Murphy Theatre in Wilmington.

Janet Allen
Janet Allen

At Indiana Repertory Theatre, Janet Allen has been promoted to executive artistic director and chief executive officer. Allen has led the theatre as artistic director since 1996. Additionally, Suzanne Sweeney has replaced Steven Stolen as managing director. Sweeney is also the chief operating officer at IRT.

Eric Vosmeier, producing artistic director of Know Theatre of Cincinnati in Ohio, has announced that he will step down in June 2014. Vosmeier joined the theatre in 2007. Know Theatre resident scenic and lighting designer Andrew Hungerford will take over as producing artistic director. Hungerford has also been with the theatre since 2007.

Jenny Gersten, artistic director of Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, will step down at the end of the year, to become the executive director of Friends of the High Line in New York City. She has led the theatre since 2010.

Terrence O’Brien, founding artistic director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, N.Y., will leave the position at the end of the year. O’Brien founded the festival in 1987 with actress Melissa Stern, setting it­ in an open field. He has not yet announced his future plans.

Dan Markley is the new executive director and producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. He takes over for festival founder Isaac Robert Hurwitz, who left the post to become a consultant for 20th Century Fox’s Broadway division.

Shattered Globe Thea­tre in Chicago has named Sandy Shinner as its first-ever producing artistic director. Shinner is formerly the associate artistic director at Victory Gardens Theater. Former artistic director Roger Smart, who led Shattered Globe since 2010, has joined the teaching staff of West Virginia University. He will remain in the theatre’s ensemble.

Zoe Alexis Scott
Zoe Alexis Scott

Zoe Alexis Scott is the new managing director at Seattle Public Theater. Scott is the former executive director of The Grand, a theatre in Maine, which she led for five years.

Thomas Eldon Anderson has started work as the new producing director at the Hippodrome Thea­tre in Gainesville, Fla. He takes over for Hippodrome’s co-founder and producing director Mary Hausch, who has led the theatre for 41 years.

The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn has appointed Jackie Alexander as its new artistic director. Alexander is a frequent actor, director and playwright at the theatre.

John E. Alexander has stepped down from his position as executive director of Diversionary Theatre in California. He was at the theatre for two-and-a-half years and will remain in San Diego to work on personal projects.

At Jet City Improv in Seattle, Renee Mona has stepped down as managing director after two years in the position. Nancy Osborn Nicholas will take over as interim managing director.

Tanya Snarr, executive director of The Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio, has left her position after two years on the job. Rhonda Wheasler has taken over as interim executive director.

Marty Childers has resigned as executive director of the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestensbury, Ky. He led the theatre for more than a decade.

The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Mich., has a new managing director: Katie Doral, former general manager at First Stage Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Doral is a 2003 graduate of the Purple Rose Apprenticeship Program.

The Collegiate Chorale in New York City has added two additional executive team members: Ted Sperling joins as artistic director and Edward Barnes will be producing director.

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