Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) announced that Henry Christensen III will be retiring as Chairman of the Theatre's Board, a position he has held since 2012. "Health reasons" were cited as the reason for his retirement.
According to a press release, under Christensen, TFANA "grew to serve 154,000 patrons during its first four years at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, nearly twice as many in the same number of years before TFANA moved to Brooklyn." Some of the most notable productions under his leadership include A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Julie Taymor, Eugene Ionesco's The Killer starring Michael Shannon, Soho Rep's production of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's An Octoroon, and Yale Repertory Theatre's production of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days starring Dianne Wiest.
Theodore C. Rogers will succeed Christensen as chairman, with Robert Buckholz stepping in as vice-chairman. Rogers previously served as chairman from 1993-2012. Christensen will continue as a member of the board of directors.
Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, TFANA produces Shakespeare alongside other major authors from the world repertoire, such as Harley Granville Barker, Edward Bond, Adrienne Kennedy, Wallace Shawn, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. TFANA has played off and on Broadway and toured nationally and internationally.
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