Timothy Douglas resigns at Remy Bumppo
Wed Jan 18 2012
Remy Bumppo Theatre Company says that Timothy Douglas, hired in 2010 to replace retiring founder James Bohnen, has resigned midway through his first season at the company's helm. Longtime Remy Bumppo artistic associate Nick Sandys will take over effective February 1.
Douglas directed the first two shows of Remy Bumppo's current season, Mourning Becomes Electra and Changes of Heart, and had planned to direct the third, Lee Blessing's Chesapeake. In a letter addressed to Remy Bumppo's board, Douglas wrote, "As a result of my brief but ample tenure I came to understand that in spite of our genuine excitement for one another, I’m ultimately not a good match for the organization."
"What I came to realize was that in this wonderful experiment that we all decided to do, the company had not seen my work and I had never seen anything that Remy Bumppo had done before I agreed to come on as artistic director," Douglas told me in a phone call confirming his resignation. "What I came to discover is that though we were clear about the common goal for the quality and integrity of the work, our approaches were very different. It became clear to me that the amount of compromise from my part, and from the part of the associates and the aesthetic of the company that had gone before, was too great."
Douglas says he has no definite plans for the future, though he does intend to remain in Chicago for the near term, pursuing directing and teaching opportunities. Artistic associate Shawn Douglass will take over direction of Chesapeake, running March 28–April 29 at the Greenhouse Theater Center.