PASADENA, C.A.: Pasadena Playhouse announced that Sheldon Epps will leave his post as artistic director after 20 years in the position. Epps will exit at the end of the 2016–17 season and will continue his affiliation with the Playhouse in the role of artistic director emeritus.
“As the theatre approaches its centennial year and begins a search for new executive leadership, it seems an apt moment to announce my intentions for the future,” Epps said in a statement. “I am honored to be part of creating a legacy that will carry the Playhouse into its next 100 years.”
Prior to the Playhouse, Epps served as associate artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego for four years. In addition, he was the cofounder of an Off-Broadway theatre called the Production Company. He has directed plays and musicals at theatres such as the Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Goodman Theatre, as well as television episodes of such series as “Frasier” and “Friends.”
“Through his leadership, we have broadened our reach through diversity and educational initiatives and surmounted significant challenges,” David DiCristofaro, chairman of the Playhouse’s board of directors, said in a statement. “Because of his vision, artistry, dedication, and deep love for this theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse is recognized as one of the great American theatres.”