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Entrances and Exits for October 2013

Staff changes and transitions take place from Missouri’s Kansas City Rep to the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn.


Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, N.Y. has a new artistic director: Scott Schwartz. During his more than 17 years of experience as a director, Schwartz has supervised such productions as Golda’s Balcony on Broadway, Murder for Two at New York’s Second Stage Theatre and Secondhand Lions at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

Thembi Duncan is the new producing artistic director at African Continuum Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Duncan has been a teaching artist at Ford’s Theatre Society for the past four years. She replaces executive director JoAnn M. Williams, who has retired.


Also in the D.C. area, at the Strand Theater Company in Baltimore, Elissa Goetschius has begun her work as artistic director. She is a local director and dramaturg. Goetschius takes over for Rain Pryor, who resigned at the end of last season.

Kentucky Shakespeare in Louisville has invited Matt Wallace, a former artistic associate, to rejoin the theatre as its artistic director. Wallace is previously the artistic director of Shakespeare Behind Bars and director of audience development at Derby Dinner Playhouse.

The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, Wash., has named Seattle University professor Ki Gottberg as its new artistic director. She began her new job on Sept. 1.

Chris Garcia Peak has stepped down as executive director of Theatre for Young Audiences USA, after three years at the helm. Michael Van Kerckhove will take over as interim executive director until the end of the fiscal year.

Nicholas F. Manos has resigned as president of Theater of the Stars in Atlanta, to focus on his executive producing duties on the touring shows Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story and White Christmas.

After 23 years with People’s Light & Theatre in Pennsylvania, managing director Grace Grillet retired in September. She will continue at the theatre on a consulting basis. The new executive leadership structure at the theatre will include existing artistic director/CEO Abigail Adams, joined by Ellen Anderson (general manager/CFO) and Zak Berkman (producing director).


Angela Lee Gieras is the first-ever executive director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Missouri. She will oversee the management of the theatre and work with artistic director Eric Rosen. Gieras is the former director of development at Florida Theatre and associate managing director at Dallas Theater Center.

Dan Sullivan has resigned as director of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. Sullivan has headed the program since 1999. He will remain as a faculty member at the center.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland has appointed Martin Wolles as its executive director. Wolles was formerly the artistic director of ArtPower! at the University of California–San Diego.

Justine D’Zmura is the new artistic director and theatre arts department chair at California State University–Long Beach’s theatre department.

Corey Madden has been named the executive director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Madden was the founding artistic director of L’Atelier Arts in Los Angeles.

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