According to Paper Mill representatives, Jones officially resigned June 24 in order to pursue future artistic endeavors. Artistic director Mark Hoebee has assumed the title of producing artistic director in Jones' absence.
A managing director will be hired in the near future to join Hoebee in running the company, a Paper Mill representative told Playbill.com. The representative stated they were not at liberty to disclose Jones' future plans.
Jones came to the aid of Paper Mill when the theatre faced financial woes in 2007 and was in danger of shuttering. He was elemental in securing a deal between the playhouse and the town of Millburn, NJ, which purchased the theatre and leased it back to the organization for 75 years. Prior to his work at Paper Mill, he spent four years as executive director of Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts.
Paper Mill most recently staged the musical adaptation of Peter Pan, which concluded June 27. The upcoming season will open with the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray in September. A new national tour of the international hit Les Miserables will launch at Paper Mill prior to hitting the road, followed by productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum and Curtains.