Woodford Theatre Names Vanessa Becker Weig New Artistic Director

Versailles, KY – Following the retirement of Woodford Theatre Artistic and Executive Director of seven years, Trish Clark, Woodford Theatre has announced the new leader of the organization. Vanessa Becker Weig has served at Woodford Theatre for five years, Education Director for four of those years, and brings thirty-five years in theatre experience to this role.

A transplant from central Ohio, Vanessa has spent her career as a director, educator, and actor with over 150 productions to claim. Aside from Woodford Theatre, she has served as Education Director for Kentucky Conservatory Theatre and The Phoenix Theatre (now Catco) in Columbus, Ohio and is the proud Co-Founder of The Girl Project. For Woodford Theatre, she has directed numerous productions including A Christmas Story: The Musical, Return to the Forbidden PlanetHairspray, School of Rock, The Addams Family, Big Fish, The Producers, and 13: the Musical.

“I fully support Vanessa Becker Weig as the next director of Woodford Theatre with the confidence that her work and relationships will make the smoothest and best transition for the next step of growth,” says Trish Clark about Ms. Weig. “The most important aspect of this hire is Vanessa’s tried and true success of building tools which are reflected in the fast, solid growth of Woodford Theatre’s education program while also directing MainStage productions to stay relevant with the adult talent pool.”

In February of 2019, Vanessa was one of five Freddie G. Fellowship recipients at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta. This coveted honor was created by Music Theatre International (MTI) CEO and Tony Honors for Excellence recipient Freddie Gershon. It welcomes a select group of theatre instructors to be part of an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the opportunity to work one-on-one with industry professionals in a weekend of seminars, master classes, and Broadway shows. Freddie G. Alumni are part of an elite network of theatre educators and serve as ambassadors for MTI and iTheatrics events. In addition, each of the participating teachers received $5,000 to enhance their arts program.

Jeni Benavides, former Associate Education Director under Vanessa, will take on the Education Director role. Woodford Theatre is looking to hire a full-time Business Director and a part-time Box-Office Manager. Interested individuals may visit www.woodfordtheatre.com or call 859.873.0648. On Saturday, September 14 at 6:00 PM, there will be a Meet and Greet at the theatre for actors, designers, and the community to meet Vanessa, the staff, and the 2019-2020 Creative Team leads. More details on the September 14 event TBA.

 

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