MINNEAPOLIS: The Guthrie Theater has announced that James Haskins will be its new managing director, working under artistic director Joseph Haj. Haskins replaces Jennifer Bielstein, who left the theatre to help run American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Haskins comes to the Guthrie after 12 years as managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. He will start his new job on March 25. “I am inspired by the vision, values and artistry that Joseph Haj brings to the Guthrie, and I am thrilled to collaborate with him, the board and the staff to advance the organization’s mission,” said Haskins in a statement. ” As the country’s premier regional theatre, the Guthrie leads not only the Twin Cities, but the nation, in engaging our next generation of theatregoers. I am committed to advancing the goals of the Guthrie by sharing universal stories that speak to the human condition.
Haskins work history also includes being managing director of InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, and serving on the board of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. As part of his job at the Guthrie, he will oversee the organization’s $28-million budget.
“James is a broadly experienced LORT [League of Resident Theatres] manager who is inspired by and leads with art and mission,” said Haj in a statement. “The hiring committee found him to be a thoughtful and compelling thinker and communicator and was excited by his creative ideas for the future of the Guthrie. He is accustomed to a very broad portfolio of work and will be an outstanding leader in the organization.”
Founded in 1963, the Guthrie is one of the largest theatres in the country.