Jake Speck may have been a Jersey Boy for two years on Broadway, but his next gig places him in Texas. Beginning August 2017, Speck will serve as executive director of the A.D. Players, one of Houston’s oldest and largest resident theatre companies.
Speck will oversee business and community-related outreach of the company. In addition to his time in Jersey Boys, Speck has appeared on the small screen in Nashville and Netflix’s Master of None. He has performed in regional theatres across the country. As a member of Nashville’s Studio Tenn since its inaugural year in 2010 and as president and managing director of the Tennessee-based company for the last six-and-a-half years, Speck also brings his managerial experience to the new post.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join A. D. Players as their new executive director,” said Speck in a statement. “It is an honor to join an organization with such a rich and storied history, and to be part of the continuing legacy of Jeannette Clift George. I’ve rarely seen a company with more potential and opportunity, and I am thrilled to be the one leading this organization into its next phase of excellence. The arts community in Houston is so rich and diverse—and I very much look forward to being a part of that.”
The upcoming main stage season includes productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvey, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Best of Enemies, Lilies of the Field, and Neil Simon’s God’s Favorite. The Children’s Theater will present Balloonacy, Rock Nativity, A Wrinkle in Time, and David, the Best Slinger in the West.