Woodford Theatre director resigns

Beth Kirchner. © 2002 Herald-Leader photo by Janet Worne.

Beth Kirchner at the 2002 Lexington Shakespeare Festival where she directed " A Comedy of Errors." © 2002 Herald-Leader photo by Janet Worne.

Beth Kirchner has resigned her post as artistic/executive director of The Woodford Theatre.

In a news release, Kirchner said that with the theater in sound fiscal and artistic shape, it is time for her to hand the reigns to a new director and pursue some of her other interests, including writing.

” Our theatre business has never been stronger,” she wrote. “We continue to attract dedicated and talented volunteers with our growing reputation for quality and excellence. Our financial picture is stable and secure thanks to the support of our patrons, sponsors and local government. Our operational systems, policies and procedures are well defined and functioning effectively. In short, the goals we set for the theatre have been achieved. What better time to turn the reins over to a successor than when the business is poised for continued success. I’m very proud to have been a part of creating what has become one of the best community theatres in the region.”

During Kirchner’s 16 years on the job, the theater moved into the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center and staged ambitions seasons that have attracted performers from around the region.

Kirchner will continue until June 30, and a search for her replacement will begin immediately. Applicants are asked to visit the theater website or send email to woodfordtheatrerecruiting@gmail.com.

The theater has already announced the shows in its 2011-12 season: Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge: The Musical, John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, Charles Morey’s adaptation of The Three Musketeers and Connie May and Alan Bailey’s Smoke on the Mountain.

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