Artists Rep has hired a new firm to help find an art director

Artists Repertory Theater has announced that Arts Consulting Group, a firm specializing in executive search, will guide its search for a new artistic director.

“The Search Committee selected ACG because, like ART, it recognizes the essential role theater plays in our culture and national conversation and accepts responsibility for bringing about positive change through our work, practices and policies. “, said Drea Schmidt, chair of the search committee. A press release. “We believe the ACG team brings a depth and breadth of experience to identifying a visionary AD for Artists Rep.”

Artists Rep Board Chairman Pancho Savery promised the search would consider a wide range of applicants from across the United States.

“This will only be the third artistic director in ART’s history,” Savery added. “ART was the first LORT [League of Resident Theatres] theater in the United States to hire a Latino DA, a forward-thinking move. ART continues its commitment to innovate and create space for extraordinary theater from new voices.

Artists Rep announced it was looking for a new artistic director last October when Dámaso Rodríguez, who had held the position for nine years, decided to step down.

During Rodríguez’s tenure, Artists Rep produced several landmark pieces, including E. M. Lewis’ five-hour Antarctic epic Magellanica. Whoever succeeds him will have a daunting legacy to respect and will inherit the company’s financial difficulties.

For years, Artists Rep has been involved in an expensive renovation. While the company sold half of its space to a development company for $9 million and received millions more in donations, much of that money was used to pay off debts. A capital campaign of more than $10 million was needed to fund the renovation – and last year Rodríguez estimated construction would not be complete until 2023.

This isn’t the first time Artists Rep and ACG have connected. Last year, ACG announced that Rodríguez would be its new vice president.

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Laura J. Boyer