Dr. George Black, producing artistic director of TheatreVirginia in Richmond for the past eight years, will step down after the current season but remain as an "artistic participant" in coming years, the theatre announced Oct. 3.
As the nonprofit looks to expand its horizons in a relocation to Richmond's downtown theatre district, Dr. Black, 65, said it is "an ideal moment to bring new ideas and perspectives to TVA's leadership." The relocation is expected to happen sometime after the 2002-2003 season.
A search committee has been formed to find a successor for the 2001-2002 season. On Dr. Black's watch, TheatreVirginia staged the world premiere burlesque musical, Scandals, and programmed a staging of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with an African-American cast — thought to be a first on a professional stage. Christopher B. Werner, TVA's board president, said Black was "instrumental in TheatreVirginia's rebirth as a company of regional and national stature."
The current season at TheatreVirginia includes The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo's A Wonderful Life, Art, Moon Over Buffalo and the folky musical, Fair and Tender Ladies.
— By Kenneth Jones