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Public Theater exec director steps down

Andrew D. Hamingson leaves Off Broadway post

Andrew D. Hamingson has stepped down from his post as exec director of Off Broadway’s Public Theater.

Joey Parnes, who was exec director at the Public from 1994-1996 and has since worked with the theater on Broadway transfers of its shows, will fill in while a search for Hamingson’s replacement is launched.

According to reps at the Public, the sudden move is attributed to personal reasons. Hamingson will remain attached to the theater for two months as a consultant during the leadership transition, with Parnes tapped to stay on board until the upcoming search is completed.

Along with a.d. Oskar Eustis, the exec director position at the Public is one of the top leadership roles at the Off Broadway company. Among the org’s recent activities are a multi-million dollar capital campaign to fund the renovation of the theater’s downtown outpost and a number of commercial Broadway transfers of Public offerings including “The Merchant of Venice,” “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “Hair.”

Prior to joining the Public in 2008, Hamingson had served as managing director at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater. Parnes’ credits include the Rialto productions of “Merchant,” “Bloody Bloody,” “Hair” and “Passing Strange,” as well as a lengthy stint as coordinating producer for the Tony Awards.

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