Actors Guild of Lexington has designated associate artistic director Eric Ryan Seale as its interim artistic director.
Seale said Tuesday afternoon that his charge is to complete the 2009-10 season and begin planning for the 2010-11 season while the Actors Guild board considers its next moves.
“I’m looking at bringing on some staff so we can get back to work,:” said Seale, who is also readying Studio Players’ production of Sam Shepherd’s “True West” to open next week. “We hope to mount new shows pretty quickly.”
Actors Guild had a season set by former artistic director Richard St. Peter last spring. But those plans were abandoned as the theater became embroiled in a financial crisis and St. Peter and managing director Kimberly Shaw left to pursue other opportunities.
Seale said December’s hit production of David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” and a $32,000 grant from the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation for community outreach and partnership have reinvigorated the theater. He said he expects to announce productions for the rest of this season soon.
“We’re going to finish the season for our subscribers,” Seale said. “That’s our obligation.”