The resident director and former associate producer at New York's Public Theater will succeed Nicholas Martin, who is slated to leave in June 2008. DuBois' position takes effect July 1, 2008.
"I am delighted to welcome Peter DuBois to the Huntington," said managing director Michael Maso in an announcement, "and congratulate the search committee on an inspired choice. Peter has the energy, artistry, and experience to be one of the country's finest institutional theatre leaders. With great enthusiasm I look forward to the excitement he will bring to our partnership and to the theatre community in Boston."
"I'm thrilled to inherit one of this country's most artistically vital and important theatre companies," stated DuBois. "Michael and Nicholas have done a marvelous job building the institution to its next level. I look forward to unifying all elements of the Huntington into a vision that embraces the best of the American theatre, for the benefit of the artists who work here, our subscribers, and the Boston audiences.
"Making the Huntington part of the next chapter in my life as a director is truly thrilling. I grew up in New England, and Boston feels like home to me; I can't wait to be there."
Also a former artistic director of Alaska's innovative Perseverance Theatre Company, DuBois' recent work at the Public has included the Obie Award-winning production of David Grimm's Measure for Pleasure; Richard III starring Peter Dinklage; and the LAByrinth Theatre Company's co-production of Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz, Beth Cole and Daphne Rubin-Vega. One of his current projects is the development (with Sam Shepard) of a new version of Shepard's The Curse of the Starving Class, which he will direct at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre in the spring of 2008.
He is also at work on a musical by writer Rachel Sheinken (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Tony Award-nominated composer Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party) and singer-actress Lea Delaria (The Rocky Horror Show); a new interpretation of Clare Booth Luce's The Women with Rosie Perez; a contemporary update of The Mikado; and a revival of Moliere's Tartuffe with Peter Dinklage.
Huntington next presents Kate Moira Ryan and Judy Gold's 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (Dec. 18-31). The season will continue with Wendy Wasserstein's Third (Jan. 4-Feb. 3, 2008), Conor McPherson's Shining City (March 7-April 6, 2008), Sinan Unel's The Cry of the Reed (March 28-May 4, 2008) and the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick-Joe Masteroff musical She Loves Me (May 16 June 15, 2008).
For more information, visit the company online at huntingtontheatre.org.