Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Peggy Shannon leaves STC

Peggy Shannon Accepting Toronto Opportunity

SACRAMENTO, CA. - With “nostalgia and optimism,” the Board of Directors at Sacramento Theatre Company has accepted the resignation of its long-time Artistic Director, Peggy Shannon, effective June 30. Ms. Shannon has accepted a position as Chair of the Theatre School at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Peggy,” said Linda Clifford, STC Board President. “We are grateful for the talent and growth she brought to STC and appreciate that this is a chance for her to take on a big, new challenge. At the same time, her decision creates a wonderful opportunity within our own theatre to make some exciting changes.”

Matt Miller has been named interim Artistic Director of STC and Michael Laun will take a more senior role as Producing Director. A national search will begin to permanently fill Shannon’s position, though Miller will be a candidate and remain in the job this season. Shannon, who is credited with starting STC’s School of the Arts and bringing new plays, writers, actors and celebrities to the local stage,reflected on the transition:

“I will miss the people of the area, the beautiful neighborhoods, 2nd Saturdays and the legacy we’ve been building, especially within the school. But, it’s good to go toward things and I’m going toward something fantastic now, while feeling confident about where I’ve been.”

Shannon says that while she is “thrilled” about the opportunity ahead, she is proud of the position STC is in now. Subscriptions are up significantly over last year, the school continues to graduate students who move into college programs and professional theater work, and her long-time colleague and friend, Matt Miller, will for now, step into her job.

“Having Matt - someone of his talent as an actor - come live here, get married, have a family ... and become part of this community is something I’m really proud of,” commented Shannon. “This is a really exciting moment in our theatre’s history.”

“The timing is immaculate,” added Miller. “It feels natural to take all the experiences I’ve had on the stage and put them into the artistic product at STC.“

Added Clifford, “ We have very high hopes for Matt.”

About the Sacramento Theatre Company

STC is a professional theatre company located in downtown Sacramento and is one of the oldest and largest arts institutions in the region. From September to May, STC theaters feature eight performances each week. STC Entertains, Educates, Inspires, and Enriches. There's nothing else quite like great professional theatre!

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