Just one day after the news broke that Michael Jenkins had been fired from Dallas Summer Musicals, there comes another major change in local theater leadership. Terry Martin, who has been artistic director at WaterTower Theatre for 17 years, has announced he is stepping down.
Martin's making the big move to academia, taking the position of head of fine arts at Greenhill School in Addison beginning July 1.
"I am extremely proud of WaterTower Theatre," says Martin in a release. "We have created a special place that serves the community so well and we've collectively created an arts organization that is the envy of so many in North Texas."
Chairman of the board at WaterTower, Derek Blount, added, "His artistic vision has helped fashion WaterTower into one of the jewels of the North Texas arts community. Though we hate to lose him as producing artistic director, we're very excited for Terry's new opportunity to shape young minds at Greenhill School and impress upon them the importance of the arts."
Martin created a strong presence both onstage and off, starring in several of WaterTower's acclaimed productions and directing more than 65. He also taught acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique and helped introduce the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival and newer Discover Series, which allows smaller works to be staged in the theater's studio space.
Blount told CultureMap, "We look forward to undertaking a search process for a position that will garner attention from well-qualified candidates across the nation, and we're excited about the next evolution for this incredible theater company."