Dorset Theater Festival announced new managing director

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DORSET >> Dorset Theatre Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Molly Hennighausen as its new managing director. Reporting to the Dorset Theatre Festival's board of directors, and working in partnership with Artistic Director Dina Janis, Ms. Hennighausen will be responsible for the administrative and operational aspects of Dorset Theatre Festival's activities.

On accepting the position, Hennighausen said: "I am thrilled to join [Artistic Director Dina Janis], the staff, and the board at this moment of time. Dorset Theatre Festival is a tremendous organization with a commitment to producing new plays and fostering relationships with artists. [The organization] is truly the kitchen table of the community, and I look forward to taking a seat."

Board President Megan Thörn said in a statement: "I am delighted to have Molly join the Dorset Theatre Festival team. The Festival has accomplished so much in the past few years. Molly will add a depth of business and theatre knowledge that will enhance the Festival and allow us to continue on what has been an exciting journey."

Holding an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama, Hennighausen has served numerous artistic organizations in a variety of capacities, including Yale Cabaret as managing director, Yale Repertory Theatre as assistant managing director, Center Stage as managing director fellow, and The Philadelphia Singers as general/chorus manager. Hennighausen also serves on the board of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park and the Yale Summer Cabaret.

"I am thrilled to welcome Molly as Managing Director at what is a watershed moment for DTF," Artistic Director Dina Janis said. "A comprehensive national search, during which dozens of top candidates were vetted for this position, led us to Molly, who absolutely stood out as a natural leader. She brings with her an outstanding skill set and an inherent understanding of all that is possible for the Festival at this time. Molly's boundless enthusiasm and unmistakable commitment to our mission and values made her the perfect choice for us, and will allow us to build upon the momentum and success we have achieved during the past five years. I am so excited to partner with her as we embark on this next exciting chapter for the Dorset Theatre Festival."

Board Vice-President Richard Jackson added: "The welcome addition of Molly as Managing Director on the executive staff of Dorset Theatre Festival positions the organization to move to the next level of being the preeminent professional theatre in the region."

About Dorset Theater Festival

Founded in 1976, the Dorset Theatre Festival creates bold and innovative theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring its audience through the celebration of great plays produced with the highest degree of artistry. DTF seeks authentic voices in presenting thought-provoking productions drawn from the contemporary and classic canon, striving to redefine the American theatrical landscape through the development of new plays, new audiences and new artists, all working together to produce theatre that matters.

Every summer, Dorset Theatre Festival welcomes 2,600 patrons at The Playhouse, an intimate theatre built from two pre-revolutionary barns. From June through September, the organization produces five main stage productions with some of this country's most talented playwrights, actors, and directors. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dina Janis, the Festival is changing the landscape of regional theatre. Bold and innovative, Dorset Theatre Festival is garnering accolades for its commitment to new play development. The organization is proud to encourage a new generation of playwrights to test their voices and launch plays that go on to national acclaim. Dorset Theatre Festival also mounts regional premieres of Tony Award-winning plays to bring the best of Off Broadway to Vermont.

The Dorset Theatre Festival leadership believes in the power of the shared intimate experience that theatre provides. The audience becomes like family, and by inviting them in, they are given a sense of ownership in what is built, together. DTF wants to serve as a catalyst for ongoing, meaningful discussion and engagement within its audiences and community, beginning conversations that enhance lives and foster personal growth.


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