Herrmann fills the position vacated in April by Kevin Moore, who moved on to become the managing director of Cleveland Play House.
"I am thrilled with the selection of Jeffrey Herrmann to help lead Woolly Mammoth through our next phase of growth," stated Howard Shalwitz, Woolly's artistic director. "He has accomplished amazing things in Alaska, and I know he will bring the same zeal, insight and charisma to his role here at Woolly Mammoth. The level of national interest in our managing director position was very high and the selection process extremely competitive, but Jeffrey stood out because of his ability to understand and articulate our unique mission and his readiness to tackle the challenge of building our future."
Herrmann has been with Perseverance Theatre since 1999. He oversaw the production of 11 world premieres and eight statewide tours, and simultaneously the theatre completed a $1 million endowment campaign and is currently in the final stages of a $1.1 million facility renovation and expansion project. A native of West Hartford, CT, he received his BA in English at Vassar College and his MFA in theatre management at the Yale School of Drama. Prior to his enrollment at Yale, he served as managing director of the Albany Berkshire Ballet in Pittsfield, MA. During his time at Yale, he worked at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and as associate managing director of the Yale Repertory Theater. He sits on the boards of the Foraker Group and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation; he has also served as a panelist for the Alaska State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.
He has taught "Arts Administration and Grant Writing" at the University of Alaska Southeast since 2002 and has been a guest speaker in other UAS theatre courses and business administration classes. In addition to these administrative and teaching duties, he also regularly worked as a sound designer at Perseverance Theatre.
* Now entering its 28th season, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is devoted to contemporary works for the stage. Its mission is "to ignite an explosive engagement between theatre artists and the community by developing, producing and promoting new plays that explore the edges of theatrical style and human experience, and by implementing new ways to use the artistry of theatre to serve the people of Greater Washington, DC."