became the producing artistic director. General Manager Jen Rogers said she’s excited to see how the addition of the two directors will impact the future of Playmakers.
“I think they’re coming to us with great experiences and ideas,” Rogers said. “They’re a great addition to the team as a part of this new sort of generation of Playmakers Viv is leading with all of us.”
Ruiz said Benesch and her vision for Playmakers was one of the most appealing aspects of coming to the theatre company.
“I did my research before I applied, and found that her direction aligned with the work I want to do and my vision for my career artistically and the kind of thing I want to be doing,” he said.
The new group of leaders have already begun forming ideas for future seasons, one of which is creating a play festival revolving around social justice.
Haslett said he’s excited to see how the new leadership team will impact the theatre with Benesch in charge.
“I think the upcoming season is dynamic showing of vision and passion of live theatre Vivienne has,” he said. “It’s a wonderful capsulation of what makes her tick and make us a truly significant player.”
Haslett said he’s excited about the opportunities the town of Chapel Hill will bring as well.
“I’m really excited to move to the area,” Haslett said. “The three days there were wonderful, surrounded by warm, charming, delightful people in a beautiful town. I can’t wait to be part of the community and I can’t wait to be there and I can’t wait to get started.”