The director assumes his post for the company "as a part-time, year-round artistic advisor for Roundabout productions," according to an announcement. "This new position was created to provide an additional voice for Todd Haimes and his colleagues as they make artistic decisions for one of this country's leading not-for-profit theatre companies."
"Doug Hughes is not only a talented director, he is a dear friend of the theatre," said artistic director Todd Haimes in a statement. "I have seen a significant benefit to the institution from our longtime collaboration with artists such as Scott Ellis (associate artistic director). I look forward to expanding our relationship with Doug, by sharing the ideas and skills of one of the finest artists working in theatre today. Doug's intellect and opinions will be a valuable asset in contributing ideas to the play-selecting process for our eight-play season."
For the Roundabout (as an associate artist for the past two years), Hughes has staged the Off-Broadway runs of Howard Katz, The Paris Letter and McReele (Laura Pels Theatre) and the Broadway productions of A Touch of the Poet (Studio 54) and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (American Airlines Theatre). Other credits for the director include Doubt (which earned him the 2005 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play) as well as Frozen, Inherit the Wind, The House in Town, Defiance, Last Easter and Engaged. Hughes also directs the upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway run of Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius.
Hughes joins Roundabout's current artistic staff, which includes Haimes (artistic director), Scott Ellis (associate artistic Director), Jim Carnahan (director of artistic development) and Robyn Goodman (artistic consultant to the Roundabout). Associate artists include Mark Brokaw, Scott Elliott, Bill Irwin, Joe Mantello and Kathleen Marshall.
Harold Wolpert continues as managing director with Julia C. Levy as executive director. The Roundabout Theatre Company is located on the web at roundabouttheatre.org.