The Omaha Community Playhouse made a big announcement earlier last week when it named New York City director Hilary Adams as it’s next Artistic Director. Adams will begin at the Playhouse full time on May 1, 2014 and take over Artistic Director responsibilities on July 1st, the start of The Playhouse’s 90th Anniversary Season. Adams will taking over for the retiring Carl Beck who has been with the Playhouse for over 30 years, spending the last 15 years as Artistic Director. Before Carl Beck, the job belonged to Charles Jones.
Born and raised in Washington DC, Hilary Adams spent last several years working in New York City where she has directed multiple productions for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, at the Manhattan Theatre Club and at many other venues across the city. Her Broadway credits include assistant directing Aida, Titanic, Collected Stories starring Linda Lavin and Reckless. In 2004, she was nominated for a Drama Desk award for her direction of Moby Dick.
Adams has assistant directed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as well as other regional theatres across the country. She holds a BA in theater from Evergreen State College in Washington and an Masters in applied theatre from the School of professional studies at the City University of New York.
Adams cited her excitement of continuing to create professional quality theatre in the Omaha area while at the same time engaging the very community that supports it. She has spent the last few months back and forth between cities, catching productions of Les Miserables and currently taking in rehearsal of A Christmas Carol.
The process of finding a new Artistic Director at the Omaha Playhouse started with over 78 applicants and lasted over 6 months. The process was narrowed down to 9 for video interviews and then 4 who came to Omaha Theatre for final interviews.
Omaha Playhouse President Tim Schmad said theatre couldn’t be more excited for Adam’s hiring saying “She brings a wealth of experience at a very high level of theatre to go along with great enthusiasm, innovative ideas and a true sense of what community theatre is all about.”
While the big job of replacing Carl Beck is now complete, the next step for the Omaha Community Playhouse is announcing the replacement of Associate Artistic Director Susie Baer Collins. The Playhouse said the announcement will be made in the near future.
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