STORRS, CONN.: Connecticut Repertory Theatre has announced that Vincent J. Cardinal, artistic director and head of the department of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut, will step down from his position at the end of July. Cardinal is leaving his post to become the Arthur and Martha Hearron endowed professor of musical theatre, chair of the department of musical theatre, and professor of music at the school of music, theatre, and dance at the University of Michigan. Cardinal will direct two shows as part of the Nutmeg Summer Series at UConn before he departs.
“Of course we’re sorry to see Vince leave UConn but thrilled that he has a wonderful opportunity at Michigan,” said Anne D’Alleva, dean of UConn’s School of Fine Arts, in a statement. “We’re very grateful to Vince for all of his many contributions here, and will always regard him as part of the School of Fine Arts creative community. We’ll enjoy all the more this special opportunity to appreciate his work in two shows this summer, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Peter and the Starcatcher.”
During his six-year tenure at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Cardinal’s directing credits included My Fair Lady and Man of La Mancha, both starring Terrence Mann. He also directed Leslie Uggams as Rose in Gypsy. Under his leadership, UConn added an MFA in arts administration, as well as online certificate programs for puppet arts and arts administration. Cardinal led an initiative for a new art production facility, which will break ground this summer.