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Asolo Repertory Theatre Announces Ross Egan as New Managing Director

Posted: May 4 / 2023

Egan will succeed Linda DiGabriele starting July 1, 2023

(SARASOTA, FLA) — After a national search, Asolo Repertory Theatre’s incoming Producing Artistic Director Peter Rothstein along with the Board of Directors has selected Ross Egan as the new managing director. Egan will assume the role on July 1, 2023 following the planned departure of Linda DiGabriele on June 30, 2023. DiGabriele has been at Asolo Rep for 50 years, with 35 of those years in the position of managing director.

On Egan’s appointment Rothstein shared, “I am thrilled to craft the future of Asolo Rep in collaboration with Ross Egan, who brings a depth of business acumen and a palpable passion for the art form. He understands the complexities of leading a non-profit theater in these challenging times and is driven by a spirit of creativity and innovation.”

Since 2019, Egan has been Managing Director of the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA where he shepherded the organization through the pandemic by building and producing Barter at the Moonlite Drive In, becoming one of the first theatres in the world to produce at the time. Prior to joining Barter's leadership team, he was Director of Operations for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and founded the Joseph Jefferson award-winning Refuge Theatre Project in Chicago, producing music theatre in unique spaces across the city. Ross has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Illinois State University.

"I am honored to join the leadership team at Asolo Rep. The theatre's reputation for producing high-quality theatre, developing new work and leading the conversation for regional theatre nationally has grown exponentially under Michael and Linda's leadership,” said Egan. “I look forward to working with Peter to continue this robust tradition while ushering Asolo Rep into its next chapter of excellence."


Now in its 64th season, Asolo Repertory Theatre is recognized as one of the premier professional theatres in America and one of the largest in the Southeastern United States. One of the few select theatres in the nation that performs in true rotating repertory, Asolo Rep’s highly skilled acting company and extensive craftsmanship bring to life this unique performance method that gives audiences the opportunity to see multiple productions in the span of a few days. Asolo Rep presents up to 10 productions each season, including contemporary and classic works and provocative musical theatre experiences. A theatre district in and of itself, Asolo Rep is committed to expanding its reach into the community, furthering its collaboration with the best theatre artists working in the industry today and cultivating new artists through its affiliation with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards and Managing Director Linda DiGabriele, Asolo Rep’s ambitious theatrical offerings and ground-breaking education and community programming engage audiences and ensure its lasting legacy for future generations. Visit asolorep.org to learn more.