Bonnie Metzgar Will Exit as Artistic Director of Chicago's About Face

News   Bonnie Metzgar Will Exit as Artistic Director of Chicago's About Face
 
Chicago's major resident theatre devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer and ally (LGBTQA) experience is losing its artistic director. Bonnie Metzgar will be stepping down at About Face Theatre following the 2012-13 season, its board announced.

AFT is one of the nation's largest, not-for-profit theatres with an LGBTQA mission. In her five seasons at About Face, Metzgar produced award-winning productions including The Kid Thing, Rent and Immediate Family and directed The Homosexuals by Philip Dawkins, Stupid Kids by John C. Russell and The Young Ladies Of… by Taylor Mac.

Metzgar said in statement, "I came to About Face with three goals — to create financial stability in uncertain economic times, build a vibrant core of artistic associates and lead the organization through a strategic plan to develop a 3-5 year vision for the company. I am so proud that during my tenure at the helm of this important artistic institution that I accomplished these goals. With a terrific board of directors, artistic associates and staff, About Face is positioned perfectly for ongoing success in one of the greatest theatre cities in the world."

Metzgar's final season at AFT will include the premiere of We Three Lizas in November/December at The Steppenwolf Garage, a remount of About Face Youth Theatre's popular What's the T? and a soon-to-be-announced spring/summer production at Victory Gardens' Richard Christiansen Theater, which she will direct.

The About Face Theatre board has formed a search committee to lead to national search for AFT's next artistic director.

Since its founding in 1995, About Face Theatre has developed and produced more than 50 new productions, including 45 world premieres by emerging and nationally recognized theatre artists. AFT has been connected to the development and history of works that have won awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, 13 Joseph Jefferson Awards and 14 After Dark Awards. AFT also runs the award-winning About Face Youth Theatre, an outreach and education program.

About Face Theatre was founded by Kyle Hall and Eric Rosen in 1995. Visit aboutfacetheatre.com.

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