Geva Theatre Center's executive director, Tom Parrish, will leave his position this fall to become the new executive director of Trinity Repertory Company, Geva's Board of Trustees announced today. Trinity is the Tony Award-winning State Theater of Rhode Island.
Parrish joined Artistic Director Mark Cuddy in the leadership of Geva in 2011, and during that tenure, Geva has built the company's local and national reputation. The company is nearing the completion of a $10 million capital and endowment campaign, has acquired new artist housing, and has renovated large portions of its historic building, all while operating with positive cash flow each season.
"Tom Parrish has demonstrated himself to be a true asset to Geva Theatre Center, working tirelessly to improve and strengthen the organization," Joanna Grosodonia, Chair of Geva's Board of Trustees, said in a provided statement. "Both Geva and the Rochester community have benefited from his contributions, and we wish him continued success in his career."
Parrish will remain at Geva through the end of October 2015. Transition planning has been set into motion, and a search process to identify a new managing partner to join Cuddy in leadership of Geva has been launched. Richard Gray, a Vice President of the Board of Trustees, will lead the search committee, and enlist a national executive search firm to assist in the search.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to co-lead Geva these past nearly five years," Parrish said. "This was not an easy decision, but for both personal and professional reasons, it was simply an opportunity I could not refuse."
Parrish says he is encouraged "to know that Geva is in a better position both artistically and financially to make this change. Geva is strong not because of any one person, but because we all -- artists, Board, staff, volunteers, donors and audience members -- have worked collectively and collaboratively to take Geva to the next level."