Quinlan, 37, is currently managing director at Great Lakes Theater Festival, the classic professional repertory company in Cleveland. He was chosen after a five-month national search led by Gregory Kandel of Management Consultants for the Arts, based in Cos Cob, CT. City Theatre's search committee was headed by lifetime board member Thomas Hollander and included artistic director Tracy Brigden and Tony Ferrieri, City Theatre's director of production and resident scenic designer, as well as members of the board.
As managing director of Great Lakes Theater Festival, Quinlan was instrumental in initiating a new operating model for the company, which included realizing efficiencies in operations, introducing a new schedule and pricing, and forging strategic partnerships with other area theatres. He originally joined Great Lakes Theater Festival as production manager in 2000.
Quinlan also served as production manager for Minneapolis' Hey City Theater, producer of Tony and Tina's Wedding in Minneapolis as well as in Portland, OR, Cleveland and Baltimore. His stage management credits include work for Hey City Theater, Musical Theater Company, and Artists Repertory Theater. Quinlan grew up in the Los Angeles are and holds a B.A. in theatre and physics from Reed College.
Quinlan will replace former managing director David Jobin, who left City Theatre in February to become managing director of San Jose Repertory Theatre in California.
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