Connecticut's Sharon Playhouse has announced the appointment of Alan M-L Wager as the theatre's new artistic director and Robert Levinstein as the new managing director. The duo will be responsible for the management and programming of the 2018 season and beyond.
Wager and Levinstein bring with them years of production experience. In 2011, the two founded 22Q Entertainment, the company behind Off-Broadway's Would You Still Love Me, and Always...Patsy Cline in Los Angeles, among many other productions.
The 2018 season will be announced shortly.
Wager and Levinstein succeed outgoing artistic director Johnson Henshaw and managing director George Quick, who oversaw a bold new season at the Sharon this past summer. While the 2017 director-driven season saw a steady flow in ticket sales, it also caused some controversy, with one production almost shut down.
"Robert and Alan are the ideal team for the Playhouse," says Emily Soell, Board Chair in a press statement. "Their knowledge of and love for classical and contemporary musical theatre is impressive, no question. Their enthusiasm for all things 'theatre' is exhilarating. But, at the end of the day it was their understanding of our culture and the embrace of our mission and vision for our future that sold our Board and me."
"Robert and I look forward to bringing back mainstage shows and specialty events that will excite and engage this thriving theatrical community," Wager comments.
For more information on the Sharon Playhouse visit SharonPlayhouse.org.