CHICAGO: Haven Theatre has announced Ian Damont Martin as the organization’s incoming artistic director, and Angela Salinas as its incoming managing director.
Martin, previously associate artistic director, will succeed Josh Sobel, who served in the role since 2014. Sobel, who will be attending the MFA Directing Program at California Institute of the Arts, will continue to be part of the theatre and serve as associate artistic director through the end of this season. Salinas, previously the general/production manager, will succeed Carol Cohen, who will now serve as Haven’s board president.
“I am thrilled to be taking the reins of artistic director of Haven, joining a small but powerful network of arts and culture leaders of color,” Martin said in a statement. “I look forward to stewarding the continued growth of the company, building on the remarkable foundation laid by my predecessor, Josh Sobel, and the whole Haven family. Haven’s mission is ‘Next Generation, New Canon, Social Profit.’ I look forward to further realizing that mission. I look forward to the future of Haven and to the opportunity to help define the future of the American theatre.”
In addition to his work with Haven, Martin is the program manager of Enrich Chicago, a non-profit that works to realize anti-racism and racial equity in the Chicago arts community.
“For the past two years since being a part of Haven, I truly have grown into someone that I never knew was possible,” Salinas said in a statement. “Both professionally and personally I am better because of this company, predominantly because of the culture that embodies it. There is no place like Haven. No place I have found such a feeling of home and security, yet the freedom to create change in my community. No place that celebrates more of who I am, where I’ve come from, and the type of leader I want to be.”
Haven Theatre aims to support the next generation of theatre artists by supporting early-career playwrights, directors, and actors.