By Howard Pousner
After 33 years, co-founders usher in new leadership at 7 Stages
7 Stages, the longtime Little 5 Points troupe whose stagings frequently show a strong activist streak, has announced a passing of the torch.
Though artistic director Del Hamilton and producing director Faye Allen, who co-founded the company in 1979, will remain active as artistic associates, they have announced a new handpicked artistic and management team, a rare occurrence in Atlanta theater.
Heidi S. Howard, 7 Stages’ education director and production manager, will assume the role of artistic director in January. Michael Haverty, director of the Object Group, will join as associate artistic director. And Mack Headrick, director of finance and operations, will rise to managing director.
Allen said that watching Howard and Headrick develop their talents for more than a decade made it clear that a national search for new leaders was unnecessary.
Howard said she was ready for the challenge of running the Euclid Avenue playhouse, which also is home to a number of smaller performance groups.
“Along with my long-term devil’s advocate Mack Headrick, and now the amazing Michael Haverty, I am so excited to carry this torch forward by collaborating with our new team, guiding our vision for the future and keeping our doors open to projects that challenge and inspire,” she said in a statement.
Haverty, who staged the highly personal and well-received “The Colour of Her Dreams” last year at 7 Stages, will continue as a frequent artistic collaborator at the Center for Puppetry Arts. A recent recipient of a 2012 Princess Grace Award, a fellowship prize that will help underwrite his work at 7 Stages, Haverty also will direct for Dad’s Garage and the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young in 2013.
7 Stages closes its world premiere run of “Dracula: The Rock Opera” Oct. 14. Next on the boards is Teo Castellanos’ “Fat Boy,” a social commentary on poverty, hunger and American consumerism, opening Nov. 8. More on 7 Stages: www.7stages.org.
ART Station announces lineup
Stone Mountain’s ART Station, one of only a handful of professional theaters outside I-285, has released its theater slate for 2012-13.
Tickets, $25 adults and $21 seniors/students, are on sale at 770-469-1105, www.artstation.org.
National role for Alliance GM
Alliance Theatre General Manager Max Leventhal has joined the board of Theatre Communications Group. For five decades, TCG, whose ranks include 700 member theaters and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide, has had as its mission to “strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theater.”