Colin Hovde, who has served as Artistic Director of the Anacostia-based Theater Alliance since 2011, will be stepping down from that position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season, the company announced yesterday.
“It is time that we make space for new leadership at Theater Alliance, and it is also time that I make space for myself,” said Hovde, who is an actor, director and photographer as well as an Artistic Director. “I look forward to Theater Alliance continuing, as the resident company at Anacostia Playhouse, to serve as a part of the Anacostia community and the Washington theater family.”
Hovde, who served as assistant Artistic Director when the company was led by Jeremy Skidmore, helped Theater Alliance transition from Adele Robey’s H Street Playhouse space to its current location at Robey’s Anacostia Playhouse. Theater Alliance picked up sixteen Helen Hayes awards during Hovde’s tenure, and partnered with community-based organizations, including Black Lives Matter, [email protected] Coalition, Whitman-Walker Health, Black Girl Vision, Girls Inc, TransLaw, TransLatina, Words Beats Life, and Young Playwrights Theatre, in putting together its twenty-six production.
Theater Alliance Board President Molly Singer said that Hovde “has been invaluable in cementing Theater Alliance’s mission and leveraging the art of theater to facilitate difficult conversations and promote thought-provoking works that engage the community in dialogue. Because of his sterling character, Colin is a leader, a professional, and an artist who draws people to him and raises the level or work, discourse, and commitment to an issue or piece of theater.”
The company states that it will conduct a local search for a new Artistic Director, and that it will “be conducting focus groups among artists, supporters, and community members.” To participate in the focus group, write to the company at [email protected].