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Bonnie Metzgar to resign from About Face Theater

Updated: October 26, 2012 11:49AM

Bonnie Metzgar, who has served for five years as artistic director of About Face Theatre (AFT) — one of the nation’s largest, not-for-profit “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer and ally (LGBTQA) missioned theaters” — will step down from her position at the end of the 2012-2013 season. A national search is underway for her successor.

During her tenure at About Face, Metzgar was faced with a slew of financial crises and artistic successes. She produced or co-produced such productions as Sara Gubbins’ “The Kid Thing” (at Chicago Dramatists), “Rent” (at American Theater Company), and Paul Oakley Stovall’s “Immediate Family” (at the Goodman Theatre). She also directed Philip Dawkins’ hit drama, “The Homosexuals” (at the Victory Gardens Studio) and John C. Russell’s “Stupid Kids.” Her final season at AFT will include the premiere of “We Three Lizas” (opening in November at The Steppenwolf Garage), a remount of About Face Youth Theatre’s popular “What’s the T?,” and a soon-to-be-announced spring production at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater, which she will direct.

In a prepared statement Metzgar said: “I came to About Face with three goals: To create financial stability in uncertain economic times, build a vibrant core of artistic associates, and lead the organization through a strategic plan to develop a three-to-five-year vision for the company. I am so proud that during my tenure at the helm of this important artistic institution that I accomplished these goals. With a terrific board of directors, artistic associates and staff, About Face is positioned perfectly for ongoing success in one of the greatest theater cities in the world.”

Since its founding in 1995, About Face Theatre has developed and produced more than 50 new productions, including 45 world premieres by emerging and nationally recognized theater artists.

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