The American Repertory Theater welcomes a new Executive Director today, Diane Quinn, who joins the group after 11 years with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.
The new hire is the latest in a series of shifts in the Boston theater scene: from the parting of ways between Boston University Theater and the Huntington Theater Company, to the end of CitiBank's sponsorship of the Wang and the Shubert, to the temporary closing of the Colonial.
And yet, the city still has plenty of vibrant shows from the Huntington's "A Confederacy of Dunces," to SpeakEasy Stage Company's Casa Valentina, to the Boston Ballet's seasonal classic, "The Nutcracker."
So what is the future of the theater scene in Boston? And are these setbacks or just transitions to something else?
- "It’s clear that we have a complex set of challenges in our ecosystem of performing arts venues, challenges that were long in the making. The fundamental problem is not that we are losing seats, as most of the press coverage and handwringing would have people believe. Rather, we have too many of one kind of seat and not enough of another."