Exec stages O’Neill exit

Wildman tapped interim manager as search starts

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., is looking for a new executive director. Howard Sherman, who replaced founding executive director George C. White three years ago, has resigned.

The consulting firm of Albert Hall & Associates is undertaking the search.

Sherman remains with the O’Neill through this summer on a consulting basis while he looks for another position that will reunite him with the producing process in the theatrical world. He felt he could not continue as executive director while actively looking for another job.

During his years with the O’Neill, Sherman worked closely with board chairman Tom Viertel, who remains in that top slot.

Robert Wildman has been tapped interim manager during the O’Neill’s upcoming busy summer season. For seven years, Wildman was the managing director of the Connecticut Repertory Theater at the U. of Connecticut at Storrs.

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Activities at the 39-year-old O’Neill each summer include its playwrights conference (June 23-July 20), music theater conference (July 28-Aug. 10), critics institute (July 8-20) and puppetry conference, which concluded Sunday.

The O’Neill Center also runs the National Theater Institute, a college-accredited training program, and owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage in nearby New London, the childhood home of playwright Eugene O’Neill.