Hartford Stage Artistic Director Announces His Resignation

A search committee will start looking for Wilson's replacement next month

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Announces His Resignation
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Hartford Stage Artistic Director Announces His Resignation

The longtime artistic director of Hartford Stage, Michael Wilson, has announced he will leave the theater after next season. WNPR's Ray Hardman has more:

Michael Wilson came to Hartford Stage twelve years ago, and is largely credited with bringing the award winning theater to national prominence. During his tenure, Wilson oversaw a 10 year Tennessee Williams marathon, commissioned new plays by prominent playwrights such as Edward Albee and Christopher Shinn, and successfully took several Hartford Stage productions to Broadway. Wilson was also instrumental in securing $4 million to renovate the Theater. Wilson says in the future he want to spend more time directing plays:

"The institutions have become more complex, and theaters have had to work more agressively to compete, so therefore an artistic director of a major company like Hartford Stage can't retreate in the rehearsal halls. So you've gotta be out there helping fundraise, helping market the institution, and that's a job that i've loved, and i think now is a moment for me, I'm 45 years old, and I'd love to give myself the opportunity to spend a larger percentage of my time in the rehearsal hall."

With Wilson's departure next year, Hartford Stage managing director Micheal Stott has extended his contract through 2014 and the transition of a new artistic director. A search committee will start looking for Wilson's replacement next month.

For WNPR, I'm Ray Hardman.