Nauffts has held the position of artistic director since 2007, and will remain as part of the Naked Angels board when Donald assumes the role in July. Nauffts will continue to contribute to the company as both a playwright and director.
Donald, a former Public Theater producing associate, joined Naked Angels in 2009 as associate artistic director. He was also part of the Off-Broadway producing team behind Nauffts' Next Fall, which debuted to acclaim at Naked Angels prior to a Broadway transfer. The short-lived Broadway run garnered Nauffts a Tony nomination for Best Play.
"I couldn’t be more thrilled with the board's choice for my successor as artistic director of Naked Angels," Nauffts said in a statement. "Andy reflects the new generation of Naked Angels and has already made a huge impact on shaping the future of the company. In all truth, I’m really not going anywhere – Naked Angels will remain my creative home, as it has been for the past twenty-five years, and I will advise on artistic matters from my role on the board of directors. I will continue to develop my writing with Naked Angels, and plan on directing future Naked Angels productions. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments Naked Angels has made under my tenure, and I can’t wait to see how the company continues to grow under Andy’s leadership."
The Naked Angels season will include Footprints: An Issues Project (March 24-April 2); Bekah Brunstetter's A Long and Happy Life (June 14-July 24); and Zayd Dohrn's Outside People in the fall.