A.D. to exit as org reaches $6.6 mil coin goal

WASHINGTON — Jerry Whiddon, producing artistic director of Silver Spring, Md.’s Round House Theater, will ankle the post next June after 20 years at the fast-growing organization.

Departure of the 56-year-old actor and honcho will coincide with the completion of expansion plans and the achievement of the org’s $6.6 million capital campaign goal. Whiddon has been a key player in the theater’s transformation from a street theater program to an Equity house. He helped lead its expansion into two new theaters in Bethesda and Silver Spring, and will see the upcoming debut of the Round House Theater Education Center.

Under Whiddon’s guidance, Round House has become a solid artistic performer and earned more than 100 Helen Hayes Award nominations. Round House won the Hayes award for resident play three out of the past four seasons (“The Glass Menagerie” in 2001, “Home” in 2002 and “The Drawer Boy” in 2004) and the 2003 Charles MacArthur Award for new play for the world premiere of “Shakespeare, Moses, and Joe Papp” by Ernie Joselovitz.

“Round House has been a significant part of who I am for most of my adult professional life,” Whiddon says. “During the coming year, it will be business as usual as I continue to act in, direct and oversee Round House productions. After that, I certainly hope to continue my relationship with Round House in other ways.”

Round House board topper Donald M. Boardman says he hopes Whiddon will continue working with the organization in an as an actor, director or other capacity. The board will begin a national search for a new artistic director next fall.

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