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Entrances and Exits for December 2012

From the Old Globe to Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, a flurry of staff changes around the country.

The Old Globe of San Diego, Calif., has appointed Barry Edelstein as its new artistic director. Edelstein began the job in November and will move to San Diego in January. Edelstein was previously in New York City, where he has served since 2008 as director of the Shakespeare Initiative at the Public Theater and, before that, as artistic director of Classic Stage Company.

The co-founders of 7 Stages in Atlanta, artistic director Del Hamilton and producing director Faye Allen, are ushering in their successors. Current education director and production manager Heidi S. Howard will take over as artistic director in January, and Mack Headrick, director of finance and operations, has been promoted to managing director. They will be joined by Michael Haverty as associate artistic director.

Peter Flynn, artistic director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, N.Y., is stepping down from his position to pursue artistic work in New York City. Associate artistic director Stephanie Yankwitt will serve as acting artistic director through fall 2013.

Lamplighters Music Theatre’s artistic director Barbara Heroux has announced that she will step down from her position in the spring, at the end of the San Francisco theatre’s 60th season. Heroux joined Lamplighters in 1974 as a company member.

Christopher Hibma has been named the new producing director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. He continues to partner with the program’s longtime leader Philip Himberg, whose title has changed to artistic director.

The Gamm Theatre in Rhode Island has announced that its executive director, Yvonne Seggerman, will retire, in January 2013. Seggerman joined the theatre in 2003 as managing director. Former Gamm board president David M. Wax is serving as acting executive director.

The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation in New York City has promoted Bennett Rink, senior director of development and external affairs, to executive director. Rink succeeds Sharon Gersten Luckman, who will step down in early 2013.

Brian Beirne has joined 59E59 Theaters in NYC as managing director. He was previously the director of operations at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and the vice president of operations for the New Victory Theater in NYC. 

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