When Susan Baird Trapnell announced her resignation as A Contemporary Theatre's managing director in August, 1999, the Seattle company began a nation-wide search for her replacement. Ironically, they found her sucessor at home in the person of Jim Loder, the group's general manager.
Loder, 37, has 12 years experience in theatrical management with five year's at Seattle's Intiman Theatre as general manager and five years company managing with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He also spent two years with Seattle Repertory Theatre.
As managing director, Loder will oversee ACT's $5.5 million budget while working with the company's board and artistic director, Gordon Edelstein, to fulfill the various artistic, financial and institutional goals of the theatre.
Trapnell resigned her position after being named Executive Director of the Seattle Arts Commission.
Recent A Contemporary Theatre performances have included Warren Leight's Side Man, Alan Ayckbourn's Communicating Doors and the world premiere of the Flying Karamazov Brother's L'Universe. The 2000 season promises the world premiere of Donald Marquiles' adaptation of God of Vengence, the American premiere of Tony Award winner Martin McDonagh's The Skull in Connemara, Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winner Talley's Folly Lisa Kron's performance piece, 2.5 Minute Ride, and a revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. -- By Christine Ehren