New Edgecliff Theatre announced today that founder Michael Shooner will no longer be serving as Executive Director. He will, however, continue to serve on the board of NET, while the Executive Director position will be combined with that of Artistic Director, creating a new position, Producing Artistic Director, to be taken on by current AD Jim Stump.
Shooner established New Edgecliff in 1998 (becoming its first Artistic Director) in hopes of reincarnating the professional standards he had first experienced in the wake of David Barrie’s resident Equity company at Edgecliff College in the 1970s. His first acting job with NET (Eric Bogosian’s Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll) earned him a CEA nomination for Best Actor. He appeared the subsequent season in the critically acclaimed The Woolgatherer, but did not return to the NET stage again for another 6 years. “That was odd”, he says, “because I had at least in part wanted to create a place where I knew I could work as an actor without having to wait for the phone to ring” (during those “dark” years, he did make a few appearances at Cincy Shakes). When Elizabeth A. Harris became the new AD, she put Shooner back on the NET stage as Teach in American Buffalo, which earned him an Acclaim Award as well as another CEA nomination. In the 7 years since, he’s managed four more appearances at NET: Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Dysart in Equus and the Man in St. Nicholas. He’s also appeared opposite Dale Hodges in the Xavier University production of Frozen, which earned him another Acclaim Award.