Thursday, May 26, 2011

Warner leaves New Rep

The New Rep's Artistic Director, Kate Warner, has suddenly resigned, according to the Globe's blog "Culture Desk." The New Rep has "declined to discuss" the departure, and Warner has not replied to requests for an interview. I have to say I'm not entirely surprised by this development (rumors had swirled around the New Rep for months), but it's sad to contemplate such an abrupt and strange ending to a directorship that began with such high hopes.  It sounds from the article as if the New Rep intends to carry on with the season that Warner had planned for next year; a Board member is quoted as saying a search for her replacement will probably take "a number of months."  Stay tuned . . .


  1. It's a week later, and nobody has anything to say about the reasons. When will the story come out?

  2. I don't know much more than you do, Don. The rumor mill has been pretty quiet - probably because Warner remained personally popular to the end. I have heard that she didn't jump, but was pushed - or was about to be pushed; and I've heard for some time now that the New Rep was facing mounting financial difficulties. Add to that a series of programming choices that many found hard to parse, and a lingering sense of unclear identity and direction at the theatre, and you have a situation in which something eventually had to give. I think people are simply surprised that it gave so soon.