Tony Simotes replaces Tina Packer

Thesp-helmer Tony Simotes will take over as the new a.d. of Shakespeare & Company, the 32-year-old regional in Lenox, Mass., of which he is a founding member.

He takes over for founding a.d. Tina Packer, who will remain affiliated with the theater and concentrate on its growth, with goals including the construction of a historically accurate reproduction of an Elizabethan theater.

Changeover in leadership occurs with the company in the midst of a $10 million capital campaign. Org is expanding its programming, and over the summer it opened a new theater space.

Simotes re-joins the org full-time June 1 and will lead planning for the 2010-11 season.

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