Clark named Woodford Theatre director

Trish Clark, second from left, in SummerFest's 2010 production of 'Pride and Prejudice.' She returns to the stage next year in The Woodford Theatre's 'Harvey,' but her main role at the theater is as its artistic and executive director. © Herald-Leader staff photo by Rich Copley.

Trish Clark, second from left, in SummerFest’s 2010 production of ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ She returns to the stage next year in The Woodford Theatre’s ‘Harvey,’ but her main role at the theater is as its artistic and executive director. © Herald-Leader staff photo by Rich Copley.

The board of The Woodford Theatre in Versailles has removed the word interim from executive and artistic director Trish Clark’s title. The former Paul Laurence Dunbar High School drama teacher and Lexington Shakespeare Festival artistic director has taken the permanent post at the theater, based in the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center.

Clark succeeds Steve Arnold, who left the theater in October 2012 after just over a year in the post. He had succeeded retiring Beth Kirchner, who made the Versailles troupe one of the region’s premier community theaters during her 16-year run.

Since coming on as interim director, Clark programmed the theater’s current season, which continues this and the next two weekends with A Tuna Christmas. Most artistic directors make their first artistic contributions to their theaters directing shows, but Clark will make an on-stage turn in the next production, playing Veta Simmons in the February and March production of Mary Chase’s Harvey. The season will conclude in April and May with Big River, directed by Bo List, who is now the drama instructor at the Sayre School.

The Woodford Theatre has three full-time and four part-time employees on staff including business manager Mike Tuttle.

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