SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Douglas C. Evans, CEO and executive director of Hartford, Conn.’s 2,800-seat Bushnell theater for the past 10 years, will exit June 30 to become managing director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
He will continue to direct special Bushnell projects through Dec. 31 to complete key assignments related to the building of the Bushnell’s new second theater, fund-raising and programming.
A national search for a replacement for Evans has been launched by a committee of the Bushnell’s board of trustees, and the post is expected to be filled by year’s end.
The Bushnell is Connecticut’s leading presenter of touring theatrical product. Board prexy Arnold C. Greenberg pointed out that under Evans’ direction the theater has grown both in its programming capacity and in its financial stability, with yearly attendance at 400,000 and the current number of annual events at an all-time high of 325.
In June, ground was broken on the construction of a 950-seat theater next to the Bushnell. Plans are for it to open in the fall of 2001. The Bushnell’s current capital campaign aimed at covering the cost of the new theater and other expenditures already has raised over $30 million toward its $45 million goal.
The Old Globe, under the artistic direction of Jack O’Brien, is San Diego’s largest arts institution and among the nation’s top-ranking regional theaters. It’s a producing rather than a presenting house, mounting a minimum of 12 main-stage productions a year in three performance venues: the Old Globe Theatre and the Cassius Carter Center Stage for winter and summer seasons, and the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theater for summer programming.
The Old Globe also provides a variety of educational and outreach programs, including a joint venture with the University of San Diego master of fine arts in dramatic arts program.