SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: MOXIE Theatre has announced a number of leadership transitions. On July 1, artistic director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and founding member Jo Anne Glover stepped into advisory roles, and founding member and former associate artistic director Jennifer Eve Thorn became the executive artistic director. Callie Prendiville is taking over the associate artistic director title.
“It was always understood she [Thorn] was next in succession,” said Sonnenberg in a statement. “She’s so talented and so smart. I always call Jen just to bounce ideas off of. She’s one of the artists I trust the most. And I love MOXIE enough to know it needs to keep growing.”
Thorn was originally an intern for Sonnenberg at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, then served as a partner at MOXIE Theatre. Sonnenberg led the theatre for 12 years, and the succession plan for Thorn to take the reins was in place since the theatre’s inception in 2005.
“MOXIE is developing future leaders,” said Thorn in a statement. “We’re growing leadership from the ground up. We believe this strengthens our community and encourages talent to stay local.”
Prendiville first came to MOXIE Theatre as a performer in the company’s 2010 production of The Crucible.
“From my first read at the auditions, I was in love with the MOXIE philosophy,” said Prendiville in a statement. “These women were creating incredible art, they had babies and families, and there was never a sense of having to choose between making theatre and making a family. As a young woman starting out in the professional theatre, it was really a revelation. I’m thrilled that my relationship with MOXIE has come full circle in this exciting way.”