PRESTONSBURG – After an extensive search by the JWT Board of Trustees to replace longtime Executive Director Martin Childers, the board realized the talent and skill was already in place at the theatre. According to the board’s president, the decision to promote Darryl Willard, Technical Director to Managing Director will mean a smooth transition for the theatre and ensure the success of its 2016 season at both locations.
“We won’t miss a beat”, says Carrie Cinnamond-Rose, Board President. “I have so much confidence in our decision to name Darryl to this position because of his prolific experience in theatre and his love of our region.”
Willard is no stranger to the Jenny Wiley Theatre community, having moved to Eastern Kentucky with his family to serve as the theatre’s Technical Director in 2012. His expertise and professional work in theatre span more than 30 years. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in theatre production from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and a Masters Certificate in Production Management from Clemson University. Willard has worked on more than 200 shows in nine different states filling nearly every position in theatre. Throughout his multi-faceted theatre career, Willard has worked as carpenter, electrician, stage manager, production manager, sound engineer and even an actor on occasion. During his tenure as technical director at Jenny Wiley Theatre, Willard has done everything from building complex scenery, maintaining and improving facilities, to designing innovative sets and lighting. He brings to Jenny Wiley Theatre a well-rounded perspective of what makes theatre successful. Willard’s wife of 30 years, Kim, and his daughters Lacey, Ryann and Maddie, share his love of theatre and Eastern Kentucky. He is excited to have this opportunity to use his many skills to build on the 50-plus-year legacy of Jenny Wiley Theatre.
The 2016 Jenny Wiley roster of show will begin with the comedy “Moonlight and Magnolias”, opening January 21. For more information of this season’s shows and the educational programs of Jenny Wiley Theatre, visit www.jwtheatre.com or visit JWT on Facebook.