BALTIMORE: Baltimore Center Stage (BCS) has named Adam Frank their new managing director, succeeding Michael Ross, who left the post in June after a total of 12 years in the position. Frank will assume the role on Dec. 13.
“We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Adam Frank to Baltimore,” BCS board of trustees president Sandy Liotta said in a statement. “From an extensive list of qualified candidates, Adam was selected for his track record of empathetic management, operational rigor, community outreach, and support for vibrant, ambitious theatre.”
Frank comes to BCS from Waterwell, a theatre and arts education nonprofit in New York, where he has served as managing director since 2018. His work helped double Waterwell’s organizational budget and avoid staff furloughs and layoffs throughout the pandemic. Frank has also served in general management, marketing, and artistic capacities at theatres and festivals throughout the country, including the Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Music Center in Los Angeles. He holds a joint MFA in theatre management and MBA from Yale University, and previously served as a board member of Columbus House, a homelessness services provider in New Haven, Conn.
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining Baltimore Center Stage,” Frank said in a statement. “BCS is an institution that creates beauty and belonging, making great theatre that builds bridges and community in powerfully innovative ways. I could not be more excited to join Stephanie Ybarra and the extraordinary BCS staff and board as we nurture and grow our mission to be more equitable, sustainable, and accessible.”
“Adam is a brilliant choice for this moment in BCS’s evolution,” artistic director Stephanie Ybarra said in a statement. “I’m feeling like the luckiest artistic director to get to work in partnership with him.”
Baltimore Center Stage, the state theatre of Maryland, aims to provide the highest quality theatre and programming for community members, including youth and families. Baltimore Center Stage strives to ignite conversations and imaginations by producing an electric season of professional productions and providing active and open accessibility for everyone. As of 2021, the theatre’s budget was approximately $10.2 million.
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