Erin Daley, who has been serving as interim artistic director of Off-Broadway's Primary Stages, will stay on with the company as its next artistic director, officially succeeding Andrew Leynse, who passed away in 2023. Daley begins in the role immediately.
“The Primary Stages Board of Directors could not be more excited about what the future of our company holds with Erin at our artistic helm,” says Primary Stages Board of Directors President Marla Persky in a statement. “Her vision, sensibilities, and commitment to modern American playwrights is only matched by her energy and enthusiasm. Personally, Erin’s artistic vision entices me as a theatre lover and supporter. The future of the entire Off-Broadway industry rests in how we resonate with audiences. Erin’s capable and visionary hands place us in good stead.”
Daley began her career with the company in 2016, then serving as associate artistic director. Productions with the company include Dig, On That Day in Amsterdam, peerless, The Confession of Lily Dare, Little Women, God Said This, Pride and Prejudice, Downstairs, and Feeding the Dragon. Before Primary Stages, Daley worked with The Flea, Arena Stage, and La Banda Films.
“Having worn many hats over the years with Primary Stages: actor, playwright, playwright-in-residence, Gala Honoree and current board member, I feel I can speak from a place of knowledge and assurance when I say that the organization could not be in better hands with Erin as Artistic Director,” adds playwright Sharon Washington. “I’m truly excited by her vision and enthusiasm. Erin leads with love and support for the work and the artists who create it. As a debut playwright creating a world-premiere work myself, I so appreciated her approachability—her door was literally open—and she encouraged me to come in and chat—not just about the piece and the production, but about my life and interests and ideas beyond the production. She truly believes in nurturing the whole artist.”
The company will next present Ibsen's Ghost, with performances beginning March 2 ahead of a March 14 opening night.