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* Gil Cates Jr. has been promoted to the position of permanent executive director of Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. He has been serving as interim executive director since Ken Novice vacated the position in February. Cates, son of Geffen Playhouse founder Gilbert Cates, is also the vice chairman of the playhouse's board of directors, on which he has served on since 2012.

* Tim Dang has announced that he will step down from his longtime position of producing artistic director at East West Players in Los Angeles, at the end of the 2015-16 season. Dang joined the company as an actor in 1980 and became producing artistic director in 1993.

* Park Avenue Armory in New York City has appointed Pierre Audi as its new artistic director. Audi will replace Alex Poots, who will leave the position in October. Audi is the founder and former artistic director of the Almeida Theatre in London.

* Second City of Chicago's Kelly Leonard has announced that he will step down from his post as president of Second City Theatricals and executive vice president of the Second City after 27 years with the live comedy organization. Erica Daniels, a former associate artistic director with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will succeed Leonard as president of Second City Theatricals.

* Collaboration Theatre Company in Chicago has named its first executive director: Darcy Addison. Addison will share responsibility with Anthony Moseley, who has been both artistic and executive director of the company since its inception in 1996.

* Jared Mezzocchi has been appointed as the producing artistic director of Andy's Summer Playhouse in Wilton, N.H. Mezzocchi is currently on faculty at University of Maryland, where he leads the projection design MFA track.

* Rebecca Goodheart is the new producing director at Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven, Conn. Goodheart will take over for founders James Andreassi and Margaret Andreassi, who stepped down in the fall, having served the company for 20 years as artistic and managing director, respectively.

* Suzanne Appel has stepped down from her post as the first managing director of Cutting Ball Theatre in San Francisco. She is transitioning to Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago, where she will serve as the new director of External Affairs. Cutting Ball has not named an interim managing director.

* Miami's Zoetic Stage announced that Nicholas Richberg has been promoted to managing director. He replaces cofounder Kerry Shiller, who will continue to serve on the board from his new Colorado home. Richburg currently serves as Zoetic Stage's public relations director.

* Rob Weinert-Kendt has assumed the title of editor-in-chief of American Theatre magazine, succeeding founding editor-in-chief Jim O'Quinn. Weinert-Kendt was originally hired as associate editor in 2009 and was later promoted to senior editor. Weinert-Kendt previously served as the founding editor-in-chief of Back Stage West, content manager for Theatre Development Fund, and cofounder of StageGrade. He writes about theatre frequently for the New York Times and America magazine. O'Quinn, who helped found the magazine in 1984, will continue to contribute to the magazine from his new home base in New Orleans.

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Title Annotation:NEWS IN BRIEF
Publication:American Theatre
Date:Sep 1, 2015
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