Change for growth is the buzz at Henley Street Theatre Company. Its president and artistic director, Alex Previtera, will hand over the latter role to James Ricks, effective in June. The change allows Henley Street to continue its rapid growth without compromising its artistic goals, Previtera says: “The company has grown so fast that handling both jobs has become impossible.”
The quality of Henley Street's productions has improved dramatically since Jacqueline O'Connor took over as managing director last summer, relieving Previtera of considerable business responsibility. Placing Ricks, the director of the company's “Richard III,” in charge of the creative side should prompt further growth while maintaining a vision of Chicago-style ensemble theater.
What can Ricks bring to the table? “I want to work on expanding on community and education outreach,” he says “aggressively bringing theater to the people by providing exciting and wallet-friendly theater.”