Erika Mallin will step down as executive director of Signature Theatre.
Erika Mallin will step down as executive director of Signature Theatre.
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Signature Theatre board chairman Edward Norton and incoming board president Nina Matis announced today that Erika Mallin will step down from her position as executive director to pursue new opportunities after 10 years with the company. As Signature launches a national search for its next executive director, Mallin will continue to provide transition support to the board and staff through the end of this year.

Mallin, alongside founding artistic director James Houghton, led the company's transition to the Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center, the largest new theater center in New York City in nearly 50 years. Signature has tripled in size during Mallin's tenure, producing six to eight plays a year through its three residency programs (Residency One, Residency Five, and the Legacy Program), and has continued to democratize access to theater through the Signature Ticket Initiative under her leadership. In 2014, Mallin and Houghton accepted the Regional Theatre Tony Award on behalf of Signature.

"I love to make big things happen, and Signature, with its bold mission and ambitious aspirations, has been the perfect place to do that," said Mallin. "I'm incredibly proud to have shepherded the building of the Pershing Square Signature Center and to have helped Signature become the vibrant and accomplished institution it is. Over the last 10 years, it has been my privilege to work with so many iconic artists and passionate supporters and to partner with Jim, Paige, and our wonderful board and staff."

"Signature is a different company now than it was 10 years ago, and much of the credit for its tremendous growth and success this past decade must go to Erika Mallin," said incoming board president Nina Matis. "Watching her navigate the construction of the Center and expansion of operations, I was impressed by her intellect, strategic savvy, and leadership. Signature will miss her, but I look forward to seeing where she will make an impact next."