New Prez Named for NJ's Tony-winning But Struggling Crossroads Theatre

News   New Prez Named for NJ's Tony-winning But Struggling Crossroads Theatre The financially struggling Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has announced a new president.

The financially struggling Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has announced a new president.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that Marguerite Mitchell-Ivey, a long time AT&T employee who is the president of the AT&T New Jersey Pioneers, has been named president of the New Jersey theatre company. Mitchell-Ivey succeeds Rhinold Ponder, who recently resigned after two years in the position.

In a statement, Mitchell-Ivory said, "With our new executive director, Roberta Coleman, the commitment of our community and strong board, Crossroads is poised for success." Such success was in doubt last week for the theatre — a 1999 Tony Award recipient for Outstanding Regional Theatre — which is nearly one-and-a-half million dollars in debt and is battling with its landlord for use of its theatre space.

The Crossroads Theatre, which closed two years ago because of massive debts, recently announced a new theatre season scheduled to begin Oct. 24 with An Evening of Comedy with 'Moms' Mabley. Clarice Taylor is scheduled to star in the nine-performance run. The theatre is located is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, at 7 Livingston Avenue.

—By Andrew Gans