Cape Fear Regional Theatre Announces the Departure of Artistic Director Tom Quaintance


AUGUST 11, 2016

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Cape Fear Regional Theatre Announces the Departure of Artistic Director

Fayetteville, NC — AUGUST 10, 2016 — Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) announces the resignation of Artistic Director Tom Quaintance.  Quaintance will depart December 1, 2016, after five years at CFRT, to assume a Producing Artistic Director position at a theatre that will be announced later this month.  In the interim, Quaintance will continue working with the Board of Directors and CFRT staff to oversee the artistic work and growth of Cape Fear Regional Theatre.

Quaintance came to CFRT in 2011, replacing founding Director Bo Thorp who retired after 50 years of leadership.  He successfully led the theatre through the transition period, and his five year tenure has been marked by seasons reflecting great diversity and vision. Quaintance’s influence of expanding a vision that began 54 years ago has been crucial to the continued success of the theatre. His productions have run the gamut from classical musical theatre to Shakespeare to cutting edge productions, all of which have been met with great success.

“It has been an immensely rewarding five years. I was lucky enough to inherit a beautiful theatre with loyal patrons from Bo Thorp, and the next Artistic Director will find a dedicated and talented staff, a brave and stalwart board and a community with a voracious appetite for theatre that matters,” said Quaintance. “My family and I have loved our time here, and we will be fans for years to come.”

Supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Theatre Communications Group’s Blue Star Theatre program, Quaintance led a multi-year outreach program within our military community which focused on telling the stories of military spouses.  The effort culminated with the World Premiere production of Downrange Voices from the Homefront in the spring of 2016.

“The CFRT family will sorely miss Tom’s leadership,” said Reshma Patel Beal, President of the Board of Directors.  “He has been a vital force in continuing to expand the theatre’s artistic focus and economic base.  While we hate to see Tom depart, we celebrate his success and wish him well.”

The CFRT Board of Directors’ Succession Committee will implement an interim leadership plan and oversee the search for Quaintance’s replacement.  This committee is in the process of launching a national search for an Artistic Director.




About Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Since 1962, Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) has served as a place for the diverse community of Fayetteville (home of Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne) and the broader region to come together to laugh harder, think deeper, share experiences and grow as a community through the power of live theatre. CFRT features a three-story complex with a 309 seat main stage and contracts actors, writers and designers from throughout the country. CFRT’s six-show mainstage season and robust education and outreach programs serve over 42,000 audience members a year from all ages and varying socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds including nearly 7,000 students from around the region.