Off-Broadway's HERE has announced that Producing Director Meredith Lynsey Schade will depart the company this fall after seven years with the company. Her exit follows the recent departure of Director of External Affairs Brenna Thomas.
The company is conducting a nationwide search for a managing director who will work with Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting. The administrative shift will give way to a new leadership model within the company.
"I am deeply grateful for the time that I’ve spent at HERE over the last seven years,” says three-time Tony-winning producer Schade. "HERE is a unique organization that centers artists in all aspects of our work, and the dedication of the staff to these artists is bar none. Watching our organization rise up during the pandemic to become such an essential resource to the arts community both in New York City and nationally has been so meaningful to me. It has made the decision to leave all the more difficult. HERE is on the cusp of a great transformation, and I am eager to watch as that comes into fruition."
"We’ve been so thankful to have Meredith’s leadership at HERE," says Founding Artistic Director Marting. "Her incredible support for artists and staff here has been instrumental to the organization’s success, and we will miss her dearly."
Schade began as a general manager at HERE in 2015, before joining the leadership team in 2019. In addition to her role at HERE, she has produced Broadway productions of The Inheritance; Hadestown; Network; What the Constitution Means to Me; Hello, Dolly!; and Spring Awakening.
Founded in 1993, HERE and its artists have received two Pulitzer Prizes and seven Tony nominations. Previous productions include Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers, Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, and James Scruggs’ Disposable Men.