Opera House Arts Director Meg Taintor is stepping down this spring. Actor and theater director Peter Richards will serve as interim director while a successor is found. OPERA HOUSE ARTS PHOTO

Opera House Arts director to step down

STONINGTON — Opera House Arts’ Producing Artistic Director Meg Taintor will step down this coming spring to pursue other professional opportunities.

Board member Peter Richards will serve as interim director while a national search for a successor is conducted.

A summer resident, Richards is well known locally, having recently directed Opera House Arts productions of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” He also has served as both director and actor in “As You Like It,” “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Measure for Measure.”

Peter Richards will serve as interim director. OPERA HOUSE ARTS PHOTO

Richards works as a freelance director, actor and producer in New York and Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and is a graduate of Harvard’s A.R.T. Institute, a graduate theater training program.

“Peter has been a lifelong summer resident of the island,” Opera House Arts co-chairs Mary Kay Ricks and Ray McCaskey said in a statement Tuesday, Jan. 23. “His theater experience, his knowledge of our community and his passion for the Opera House will serve us well as we begin a search for new leadership.”

Taintor is expected to leave in May and Richards will take over on an interim basis in mid-April.

Taintor has headed Opera House Arts for three years. She is resigning to pursue other artistic opportunities. She succeeded the organization’s founding directors, Linda Nelson and Judith Jerome.

“We are very grateful to Meg for all she has accomplished,” the board’s co-chairs said. “She has provided artistic leadership and vision during a time of transition following the departure of OHA’s co-founders. She led two seasons of artistically noteworthy theater and has put in place plans for an exciting 2018 season.”

In a statement, Taintor called Opera House Arts “a unique and inspiring arts organization, sitting, as it does, at the intersection of the performing arts and community-based learning and creation.”

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