It was announced today that Deborah Kirby, founder of Journeymen Theater will leave her position as Artistic Director at the end of the year.
The decision was based on health concerns. “This has been the toughest decision I have ever had to make,” she said. “It is my hope that the theater company will continue to grow and impact the DC community in ways greater than I ever could have imagined.” She will continue to serve the company as a consultant.
The company will continue pursuing her original mission to explore social and moral issues, with Krista Cowan at the helm as Interim Artistic Director and Andrew Wassenich as Interim Producing Director.
DC Theatre Scene owes a great debt to Deborah, who founded Journeymen in 2003. At the opening of their excellent production of An Experiment with an Air Pump, she introduced Lorraine Treanor to Ronnie Ruff, who had begun this site as DC Theatre Reviews a few months earlier and it was that partnership that evolved into DC Theatre Scene. Deborah remains a great and constant friend to them both.