Big Changes: 3 St. Louis Arts Hubs Welcoming New Leadership

Three distinguished St. Louis arts organizations—Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the New Jewish Theatre and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis—are blossoming into the next phase of growth as they welcome new leadership this season. 

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Andrew Jorgensen will leave his post as Interim Executive Director for the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center to become OTSL’s fourth general director on July 2. Jorgensen will contribute his expertise and passion to continue Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 43-year tradition of sustaining the next generation of leaders in opera.

New Jewish Theatre
After three decades of industry experience—including serving as Production Manager at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and 16 years working as the Associate Artistic Director for the New Jewish TheatreEdward Coffield will rise to the role of Artistic Director. Coffield has directed award-winning productions like “The Immigrant, From Door to Door,” and many more, and has been nominated for his direction on several occasions, including the Kevin Kline Awards and the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Following a nine-month national search, the prolific Tom Ridgely has been selected as the new Executive Producer for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Ridgely founded the innovative theater ensemble Waterwell in 2002, where he currently serves as Artistic Director and head of the Waterwell Drama Program at the Professional Performing Arts School. With years of experience building community partnerships, Ridgley will continue Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ legacy of providing a high level of excellence in its stage production, community events and educational programming.

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