Los Angeles Theatre Companies Under New Leadership

News   Los Angeles Theatre Companies Under New Leadership The Wallis Annenberg Center and LA Stage Alliance are under new leadership.

The LA Times reports that David Bohnett, former chairman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and board member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will serve as chairman of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Bohnett succeeds Jerry Magnin in an effort to make the Wallis Annenberg Center a major cultural player.

Rachel Fine, former executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will succeed Tania Camargo as managing director.

Bohnett will officially step into his role as chairman Nov. 18. In an interview with the LA Times he said, "The main thing I've learned is that first and foremost, across these institutions, it's the quality of the programming that drives everything."

LA Stage Alliance will also be under new leadership, as Steven Leigh Morris, a longtime LA theatre critic, has been appointed executive director.

Morris succeeds Terence McFarland, who resigned to become associate executive director of the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge.

According to the LA Times, Stage Alliance board chairman Brian Kite said that Morris was chosen because he is "a talented, inspiring and creative force" who has been "a true leader" in LA theatre.

In an interview with the LA Times, Morris said, "I don’t feel I’m the kind of critic who goes out of my way to pan people. I always see what’s possible in a production that might not have hit the mark, and that’s what I emphasize. That perhaps might explain how I got this job. People saw me as an advocate for the community, and for an art form. I have enemies, but I’m not sure they’re in theatre."

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