Sherman to play expanded role at BoarsHead Theatre
LANSING – BoarsHead Theatre artistic director Geoffrey Sherman will expand his role at mid-Michigan’s only professional resident theater next month when he temporarily assumes the duties of managing director.
He’ll start in that role beginning Aug. 14, when current managing director Kevin Kruse takes on the newly created position of executive director at Young Playwrights’ Theater, a nationally recognized educational theater in Washington, D.C.
Sherman will handle both roles until a new managing director is named.
“Our partnership has been invaluable – and delightful,” Sherman says. “Kevin is one of those rare theater professionals whose business sense is always tempered with a deep dedication to the art. His contributions to the long-term health and stability of BoarsHead will continue to have an impact for the next several years.”
Sherman became artistic director in December 2003, sharing the role with BoarsHead co-founder John Peakes until Peakes stepped down in January of 2004. As artistic director, he is responsible for the planning and production of the artistic season, oversight of educational and outreach programming and control of the artistic side of the theater’s budget.
Kruse has served as managing director since October of 2003. As managing director, he is responsible for BoarsHead’s financial management, day-to-day operations and strategic planning.
“BoarsHead is a vital cultural resource for Michigan that must be preserved,” Kruse says. “My focus of the past year has been to strengthen BoarsHead internally so that we’re prepared to face the challenges ahead and to fulfill BoarsHead’s true potential, and I believe that some of the initiatives I’ve set in motion can help reshape the theater in amazing ways.”
“I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish in a very short time. I leave with the knowledge that BoarsHead is a more vital institution for my efforts, and I’m eager to work just as devotedly to making Young Playwrights’ Theater all that it can be.”
Paul Shaheen, chair of the BoarsHead Board of Directors, notes that the Board is pleased with the theater’s progress under Kruse’s direction and is eager to continue moving forward under Sherman’s guidance.
“We’ve made wonderful progress toward achieving BoarsHead’s goals for the future, and we’re pleased to support Geoffrey Sherman’s leadership as we continue to move forward,” Shaheen says, adding that there is no timetable for a search to fill the position.
BoarsHead’s 39th season opens in September with the comedy “Over the Tavern” starring Carmen Decker. Season subscriptions for the 2004-2005 season are available now at the BoarsHead Box Office at 517-484-7805.