It's Musical Chairs at the Top of U.S. Resident Theatres

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This week's announcement that Paige Evans was named new artistic director of Signature Theatre Company in New York is only the tip of the iceberg. The New Year has rung in with a flurry of arrivals and departures at the top level of theatre companies around the U.S.
Exterior of Pasadena Playhouse
Exterior of Pasadena Playhouse

Here are a few of the most significant moves. More may be announced in coming weeks:

Signature Theatre Company: Currently artistic director of LCT3 at New York's Lincoln Center, Evans will take the helm at Off-Broadway's Signature July 1, replacing founding artistic director James Houghton, who is relinquishing his chair after 25 years due to health issues.

Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Kentucky company is losing its managing director, Jennifer Bielstein, who will pack her bags in April to assume the same position at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. She has guided AToL for a decade. Plans for a successor have not been announced.

Pasadena Playhouse: Sheldon Epps announced that he will step down as artistic director at the end of the 2016-17 season (its centennial year), and will become director emeritus. The company will begin a search for a replacement shortly.

Geva Theatre Center: Christopher Mannelli announced that he is leaving the post of managing director he's held since 2011 at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre Feb. 26, heading east to take over as executive director of Geva in Rochester, NY. VG is beginning the process of picking a successor. Bailiwick Chicago: Another Windy City company will say farewell to one of its captains: Lili-Anne Brown, who has served as artistic director since 2012. She will stay at the post until the end of 2016, but has not announced plans beyond that. Bailiwick reportedly is undergoing "restructuring" and has not announced a replacement.

Syracuse Stage: The upstate New York regional will welcome Robert Hupp as artistic director this July. He comes to Syracuse from Arkansas Repertory Theatre, where he was producing artistic director for 20 years.

Theatre Communications Group: Not a theatre company, but a nexus for all the U.S. resident theatres, TCG is getting a new chief development officer, Joyce Friedman, a publicity and marketing expert, from Pace School of Performing Arts, where she was a major gift officer.

American Ballet Theater School: The changes extend to the world of ballet, where Cynthia Harvey has been named artistic director of ABT's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, replacing retiring Franco De Vita. Harvey is a former principal dancer with the company.

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