CHICAGO: Lookingglass Theatre Company has named ensemble member Heidi Stillman artistic director. She succeeds founding ensemble member Andrew White, who served in the role since 2010 and will become the company’s first connectivity and engagement director. Lookingglass ensemble members vote on the position of artistic director every three years. Stillman previously served in the role, with David Kersnar, from 1997 to 2000.
“I’m honored and thrilled to have another turn as artistic director of my beloved company,” said Stillman in a statement. “As we head towards our thirtieth season, it’s an exciting moment for us to take stock and envision what the future holds for Lookingglass.”
Stillman is an ensemble member of Lookingglass and has served as the artistic director of new work since 2004. Stillman has written and directed many productions at the company, including Cascabel, The North China Lover, Death Tax, Hephaestus, and The Book Thief. She is the recipient of the 2009 Raven award for The Brothers Karamazov and received five Jeff Awards for her work on Hard Times.
“During my ten seasons with Lookingglass, I have been fortunate to work with Andy White, and before that David Catlin, in the role of artistic director,” executive director Rachel Kraft said in a statement. “In Heidi Stillman, we have another strong voice who will lead us during an exciting period, as the company approaches its 30th anniversary during the 2017–18 season. We are delighted that Phil Smith and Andy White, in the new position of director of connectivity and engagement, will continue working closely with the board and staff, as well as deepen our connection to our audiences.”