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September 21, 2013

GM Burgreen leaving Gloucester Stage

Andrew Burgreen leaving Gloucester Stage Co.

After four seasons at Gloucester Stage Company, General Manager Andrew Burgreen will be leaving to pursue other paths in the theater world.

His departure coincides with this weekend’s closing of the theater’s final show for the season — the Pulitzer Prize-winning work “Driving Miss Daisy,” and it is just this kind of production of which Burgreen is most proud.

“The highlights of my time here have been the productions,” he said. “I am so proud of the work we do. The theater has had such amazing works here like ‘Master Harold,’ ‘Nine Circles’ and ‘Miss Daisy.’ They are incredibly moving and brilliant productions.”

Another highlight for Burgreen was the musical “Most Happy Fella,” as well as working with the cast of the Ayckbourn trilogy.

“It was a tremendous opportunity to work with the cast for three years in a row. It was such a delight that has been very rewarding,” he said.

The trilogy was titled “The Norman Conquests,” written by an award-winning British playwright, Alan Ayckbourn.

During Burgreen’s tenure, and paired with the theater’s artistic director, Eric C. Engel, the theater has received both Elliot Norton and Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) nominations for a number of its productions, and also brought home several awards.

“It’s bittersweet to leave,” he said. “This is truly the most beautiful place we’ve settled into for a while. We enjoy being here very much. The people are very open and inviting, and that part will be hard to replace.”

Burgreen said he plans to stay around for a couple of weeks to help the new general manager transition into the job. When Burgreen arrived in 2010, he moved into the post that had been unfilled for two seasons.

Bea Waring, president of the Gloucester Stage board of directors, said the search committee has been busy interviewing candidates. Of the roughly 20 applicants, the committee narrowed it down to five finalists, who toured the area and also took in an evening of “Driving Miss Daisy,” featuring one-time Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse, to get a flavor of the theater and the community.

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