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Gertsman Elected Actors Theatre Board President

Renee Gertsman, a partner with Jaburg Wilk, has been elected President of the Actors Theatre Board of Directors for the 2013-14 season, which begins Oct. 25 with A Steady Rain.

Gertsman will be joined on the executive committee by William Allison, vice president, an attorney with Gallagher & Kennedy; Cathiey Lanier Lemon, secretary, a community volunteer; Sara Gordon, senior vice president, J.P. Morgan Chase; and Oonagh Boppart, past president, a community volunteer.

“With our recent pause nearing an end, our new board leadership is prepared to guide a refreshed and refocused Actors Theatre back to audiences that are open to boldly experiencing the world from new perspectives through theatre that is powerful and talk-provoking,” said Managing Director Erica Black.

In February, Actors Theatre announced it was “taking a pause” to redesign its business model and consider future plans that included leaving the Herberger Theater Center as a resident company after more than 20 years.

“This is an exciting time for Actors Theatre and contemporary theatre in the Valley,” Gertsman said.  “The board and artistic management took a very brave step in pulling back to rethink and redesign and we’re all very anxious to experience the outcome of this new strategic direction.”

A Steady Rain will run through Nov. 10 at Playhouse on the Park at the Viad Corporate Center (box office: 602-888-0368), 1850 N. Central Ave.  Tickets are $20-$45 and are on sale at www.actorstheatrephx.org.

A Steady Rain is the first of four plays Actors Theatre will stage during the 2013-14 season.  Good People will run from April 26-May 11 at a venue that will be announced later this year.  Two others will run from Jan. 10-26 and June 7-22.  The names and venues also will be announced later this year.

For more information, visit www.actorstheatrephx.org.