CT TheaterWorks Founder Steve Campo Exits Company; Search Begins for Successor
By Kenneth Jones
TheaterWorks, the resident Equity company in Hartford, CT, announced on June 13 that its executive director and founder Steve Campo has stepped down due to health issues.
Michael G. Albano, president of the board of directors of TheaterWorks, made the announcement. On medical leave since December 2011, "Campo elected to leave the theatre to focus on his health." Campo founded TheaterWorks in 1985 and "guided the company's business and artistic functions" since that time.
Until a new executive director is in place (a search committee is being assembled), Rob Ruggiero will continue to serve as the theatre's interim artistic director.
Ruggiero, a partner in the artistic leadership of TheaterWorks since 1993, has directed more than 40 productions for the theatre including High, Take Me Out, Lobby Hero, Rabbit Hole, The Little Dog Laughed and the current production I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. Ruggiero has directed productions at major regional theatres around the country (he co-created the biographical musical Ella, seen at many venues), as well as on Broadway (High and Looped) and Off-Broadway (Make Me a Song).
Under Ruggiero's artistic direction, TheaterWorks recently announced its five-play 2012-13 season, which will include the small-cast plays Venus in Fur by David Ives, Almost Maine by John Cariani, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall and Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies. Ruggiero is currently negotiating the rights to the fifth play of the season.
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