Mara Manus will step down as executive director of the Public Theater at the end of the Off Broadway non-profit’s current season in August.
Manus has held the position since 2002, during George C. Wolfe’s tenure as artistic director, and since 2005 alongside his successor, Oskar Eustis. The Public will begin a nationwide search for Manus’ replacement in the coming weeks.
Since joining the Public on the eve of its 50th anniversary, Manus has been instrumental in forging long-range strategic plans, expanding the staff and developing improvement plans for the Public’s landmark downtown headquarters.
The org’s budget has grown from $11 million to $19 million under her watch, with individual support boosted by 270%, corporate support up by 220% and subscriber revenue climbing 134%. Manus also played a hand in returning the Public’s annual free Shakespeare in the Park to two productions each summer.