Addison — Terry Martin is stepping down as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre in Addison, which he has held for 17 years. He has accepted a position as Head of Fine Arts with the Greenhill School in Addison, a post he'll begin on July 1, 2016. The board of directors is working on a plan for a national search for a replacement.
Under Martin's leadership, WaterTower has grown into one of the largest budget professional theaters in North Texas (after Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Children's Theater and Theatre Three). The theater produces a six-show season plus the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, which Martin initiated.
We'll keep you posted as more news develops. Below is the full press release from WaterTower:
Derek Blount, Chairman, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors today announced the departure of Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin who has accepted a position as Head of Fine Arts with Greenhill School in Addison. Terry will begin his new position at Greenhill on July 1, 2016.
"I am extremely proud of WaterTower Theatre," said Terry Martin. "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. It is with mixed emotions that I have accepted the position of Head of Fine Arts at Greenhill School and it has not been an easy decision for me; however, my heart tells me that this is a great match for the next leg of my journey and the right step for me and my family."
"We are so proud of Terry Martin and all that he has accomplished for WaterTower Theatre during his 17-year tenure as Producing Artistic Director," said Derek Blount, Chairman of the Board, WaterTower Theatre. "On behalf of the theater's Board of Directors, we would like to offer our heartfelt gratitude to Terry for the immense contributions he's made to WaterTower Theatre over that time. 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."
"WaterTower Theatre is a financially sound organization with strong ties to the community," continued Derek Blount. "The Executive Committee of the Board is currently crafting the parameters of a search process for this position that will almost certainly garner interest from candidates across the nation. We look forward to shaping the next evolution of this great organization."