MILL HALL - There will be a new face at the helm of Millbrook Playhouse, 258 Country Club Lane, this year.
The theater's Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Teresa K. Pond as artistic director.
The Alaska native, who served seven years as producing artistic director for ACT, brings a diverse theatrical resume to Mill Hall's old barn theatre.
Pond is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors' Lab and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She has directed premiere productions and readings for The Woman's Project and also directed several operas. She also has been in the director's chair at Millbrook Playhouse, overseeing its productions of "The Foreigner," "A Perfect Wedding" and "Run For Your Wife."
Like Mary Kate Burke, whom Pond will replace as artistic director, she has been associated with New York's Vital Theatre Company, headed by another former artistic director, Stephen Sunderlin.
Pond was tapped by Sunderlin to direct "Pinkalicious," a one-hour musical for children, which was scheduled for a six-week run in the Vital Theatre Company's Off Broadway theatre. But with Pond directing and Dax Valdes - another frequent Millbrook director and actor - choreographing, "Pinkalicious" has been a box office sensation, now heading into its fifth year.
"I'm so delighted to be joining the Millbrook family," Pond said. "I look forward to working with so many wonderful artists and staff, and welcome our loyal audience community."
Finishing touches are being put on Millbrook's 2012 season. With royalties and dates being finalized, the eight-production lineup - four on the Main Stage and four in the Cabaret - will be announced early next year.