Youngblood will succeed Joe Gfaller, who departs the company at the end of the month to join Clear Space Theatre Company.
An experienced director, he will look to deepen and strengthen the company’s working-class programming.
He plans to leave at the end of 2024-25 season, after more than 3 decades at the theatre, and more than 4 decades in theatre administration.
She’ll have run the company she founded for 45 years, after leading it from 2 Off-Broadway theatres to join 3 other nonprofits who also run Broadway houses.
As he caps his 30-year tenure, the University of Chicago Office of the Provost will lead a comprehensive search for his successor in the coming months.
Among his duties will be to help position the theatre for a full leadership turnover, including of retiring artistic director Kenn McLaughlin.
McCraney’s appointment is effective immediately, and he succeeds Matt Shakman, who stepped down in February.
Ariana Sarfarazi has been named the company’s new executive director.
After 13 years in Creede, DiAntonio will relocate to Cedar City in November.
Walker-Webb will assume the role Oct. 1, succeeding interim artistic director Ken-Matt Martin.