In June 2010 Wilson announced plans to depart Hartford Stage following the completion of the 2010-2011 season in order to pursue other artistic opportunities. Wilson has served as artistic director of the organization for 13 years.
Tresnjak will assume the title of artistic director in July. He is scheduled to direct John Van Druten's Bell, Book and Candle as well as another work of his selection for the 2011-2012 Hartford Stage season.
In recent years, Darko Tresnjak staged The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham for the Theatre for a New Audience, as well as the Goodspeed Musicals production of Carnival, and spent several seasons as the artistic director of the Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival in San Diego from 2004-2009. He served as the director in residence at the Huntington Theatre Company from 2002-2004 and is currently at work on Titus Andronicus for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.
"It is a great honor to follow in the footsteps of Messrs. Cartier, Weidner, Lamos, and Wilson," Tresnjak said in a statement. "I look forward to working with our managing director, Michael Stotts, and to getting to know the entire Hartford Stage family and the people of Hartford. Years ago, I heard Peter Zeisler, who was the executive director of Theater Communications Group, speak with great affection about Hartford Stage, referring to it as the national theatre of the United States. It is a good thing to aspire to. I want to bring great theatre artists from within our shores - and beyond - to Hartford Stage. And I hope that every premiere and revival will remind our audiences of why they fell in love with theatre in the first place."