Jason Loewith began his tenure as artistic director of Olney Theatre Center of Maryland in February. Loewith is the former executive director of the National New Play Network, a position he held since 2009. He takes over for Martin Platt, who left Olney in December.
In related news, Nan Barnett has replaced Loewith as executive director of the National New Play Network. She was most recently the executive director of Actors Express in Atlanta; she will join NNPN in May.
Randy Reyes will succeed Rick Shiomi as artistic director of Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis. Shiomi, the theatre’s co-founder, will step down in August. Reyes will be assuming his role in September; he is a former member of Mu’s Core Artistic Group.
Jane Unger has stepped down as artistic director of Profile Theatre in Portland, Ore., a position she held since founding the company in 1997. Adriana Baer took over the helm going into the 2012–13 season. Unger left the theatre to focus on her directing career.
WSC Avant Bard in Arlington, Va., has announced Tom Prewitt as its new artistic director. Prewitt is the former artistic director of Serenity Players in Washington, D.C. He succeeds Christopher Henley.
Brave New World Repertory Theatre of Brooklyn has selected Shannon Sindelar as its new producing artistic director. She is the former managing and program director at Manhattan–based Ontological-Hysteric Theatre.
Leigh Wilson Smiley has been promoted to director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. She is formerly the associate director of the school and was also the head of the performance program MFA.
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