Gregory Boyd, artistic director of Houston's Alley Theatre, has announced his retirement at age 66. Boyd, who has been at the theatre's helm since 1989, said in a statement that he had originally planned on retiring last fall but decided to put his plans on hold following Hurricane Harvey.
As previously reported, the Houston theatre was severely impacted when Harvey made landfall August 25, 2017. Rather than retire in the wake of the disaster, Boyd postponed the announcement to assist with the theatre’s recovery efforts.
Director and actor James Black, who has worked with The Alley for 30 years, will serve as the interim artistic director while the board searches for Boyd's permanent replacement. The search is expected to take six to nine months, during which the theatre will plan its next season.
“It will be difficult to replace Gregory Boyd. His creativity and talent have helped build the Alley into a premiere regional theatre. The Board is committed to finding a strong replacement to take the Alley to the next level,” Butch Mach, president of the Board of Directors, commented in a statement.
“Leading this extraordinary theatre company in this wonderful city for over a quarter century has been an artistic dream fulfilled,” said Boyd. “With the marvelous efforts of the artists, staff, and Board, we created a state of the art theatre-making complex with performance, production, and administration all in a brilliant, expansive space that welcomes theatre-goers in a unique and exciting way. The Alley's achievements have been a great source of satisfaction for me and I look forward to new achievements to come in the next era.”
During his tenure, Boyd has produced over 100 new productions and has directed more than 40 shows at The Alley. Some of these have been featured in major Festivals in Europe (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale), on Broadway, and on tour across 40 cities in the United States.
“It has been an honor to work with Greg for twelve of his twenty-eight illustrious years at the Alley Theatre and we are forever grateful for his work in making the Theatre one of the flagship theater companies in the United States,” added Dean Gladden, the theatre's managing director. “Through his creativity and passion for the theatre, Greg helped elevate the Alley’s visibility and reputation on a global scale.”
The Alley Theatre’s 2017–2018 season will continue January 26 with Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society, directed by Kevin Moriarty in the mainstage Hubbard Theatre. For more information on the upcoming season, visit AlleyTheatre.org.
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