Founder and artistic director Carole Rothman announced the appointment on July 12. Reitz will join the award-winning company full-time in early September. The troupe is planning to take over Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, which will raise the profile of the company, respected for its Off-Broadway work.
As director of development at The Public Theater in New York City, Reitz is responsible for contributed revenue representing 70 percent of the Public's annual $21 million budget in addition to a $35 million capital campaign to renovate the Public's historic headquarters at 425 Lafayette Street. Prior to coming to The Public, he held the position of director of individual giving at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Earlier in his career, Casey was the director of development at Actor's Express in Atlanta, GA, and a consultant for Webb Management Services, an arts management consulting firm in New York. He has been a guest lecturer at Yale University and New York University. He holds an MFA in theatre management from Yale University and a BA in theatre from the University of Alabama.
Second Stage Theatre board of trustees chairman Stephen Sherrill said in a statement, "Casey is the perfect person to help build upon Second Stage's ongoing achievements as we enter into our 32nd season. His leadership potential and extensive experience with the funding community is a tremendous asset to Second Stage and we are very pleased to welcome him to the company."
As previously reported, Second Stage Theatre has acquired the right to purchase Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, located at 240 W. 44th Street. With this new home, Second Stage will be the only theatre company on Broadway dedicated exclusively to the development and presentation of contemporary American theatrical productions. (Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club and Lincoln Center produce new plays and revivals.)
Second Stage will also become one of only four non-profit theatre companies that own and operate theatres on Broadway. The company will continue to lease and operate their original Off-Broadway theatres on the city's Upper West Side and in midtown Manhattan. Second Stage Theatre is currently concluding its 31st season with the world premiere of Paul Weitz's dark comedy Trust, directed by Peter DuBois and starring Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, Sutton Foster and Ari Graynor. It begins previews July 23 and opens Aug. 12. Second Stage Theatre’s acclaimed Uptown series continues this summer with the comedy Bachelorette, written by Leslye Headland and directed Trip Cullman. Currently in previews, the production opens on July 26.
The company's upcoming 2010-2011 season will feature the world premiere of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, the new comedy from Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Intimate Apparel), directed by Jo Bonney, as well as the New York premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries, directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis.
The season will also include a new production of Arthur Kopit's 1978 drama Wings, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company), and a fourth production still to be announced.