Maryland Theatre's executive director resigns

Jay C. Constantz plans to move back to Atlanta, citing personal reasons for decision

December 17, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |
  • Maryland Theatre's executive director Jay C. Constantz is shown in a 2009 Herald-Mail file photo. Constantz has resigned from his job, citing personal reasons.
Herald-Mail file photo

HAGERSTOWN — Jay C. Constantz resigned Thursday as executive director of the Maryland Theatre, becoming the second Hagerstown arts leader to quit since last month.

Constantz indicated he would be moving back to Atlanta, where he lived prior to accepting the position at The Maryland Theatre, according to a news release from the theater.

He previously worked at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, was executive director of the First Night Atlanta and was assistant general manager at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga., The Herald-Mail reported in 2009.

Constantz cited personal reasons for his decision to leave the Hagerstown-based theater, the release said.

Neither Constantz nor the president of The Maryland Theatre board of directors could be reached for comment on Friday.

His resignation comes less than two years after he took over as executive director in mid-2009. Constantz will remain with The Maryland Theatre through January, the release said.

The theater board of directors will search for a new executive director and will work with an interim director throughout the search, the release said.  When it will begin the search was not specified.  

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Andrew Kipe also resigned in November, effective Dec. 30, to take a job with the Phoenix Symphony in Arizona.

Kipe said previously that he accepted a job as the general manager of the Phoenix Symphony.

April L. Dowler of Williamsport was appointed interim executive director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in December.

The search committee for the MSO hopes to have an executive director in place by July 1.

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