WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thalian Association announced Monday that it has hired local stage and theater veteran David T. Loudermilk as its new full-time Artistic Director.
The position consolidates the two previous part-time artistic director positions for the theater company's Main Stage and Children's Theater (TACT) productions.
"David brings a wealth of experience in acting, directing and teaching to Thalian Association," said Danny Brock, Chairman of the Thalian Association Board of Directors. "His leadership will take Thalian Association to the next level and will help us expand our theatrical and educational offerings in both scope and quality."
The decision to merge the two part-time positions upset some people in the theater community. They took to Facebook to rally support behind the two men who previously held those two jobs. Click here to read more: http://bit.ly/1lBX620
Loudermilk will assume the new Artistic Director position full-time on June 1. He will work part-time until then with a primary focus on the Red Barn Studio Theater's new summer season.
Thalian Association's current Artistic Director Tom Briggs will stay on through May 26 to oversee the production of Wonderful Town.
TACT part-time Artistic Director Jason Aycock will also stay on to oversee the Children's Theater programs and the season finale TACT Radio, Hits through the Ages.
"Our two part-time artistic directors, Tom Briggs and Jason Aycock, have done a fantastic job guiding our Main Stage and Children's Theater respectively," said Brock. "Each has made significant contributions to the growth and vitality of Thalian Association and their legacy will always be valued. We wish them both well in their new endeavors and hope each will continue to stay engaged in acting and directing at Thalian Association."
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